What Is Move-in Condition?

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Home Stager with Janice Ankrett Home Staging

Move-in condition is a phrase commonly used in realty ads.

 

 

To a buyer this phrase tells them they can move into this house on a Friday, put their belongings away over the weekend and go to work on Monday settled into their new home.

 

What does it mean and how does it apply to your house?

 

Move-in condition means:

  • there is no deferred maintenance. The taps do not drip. The heating and cooling system is in good condition. Doors and their hardware work and do not bind. There are no maintenance issues.
  • large items like roofing, furnace, air conditioner, flooring and windows do not need to be replaced in the near future.
  • the house does not require painting inside or out until the buyer is ready to make the changes they envision. The envelope is neutral so their furnishings look good. There are no marks or chips in the paint.
  • the kitchen has been renovated or updated. The buyer can see themselves using the kitchen without making changes.
  • the bathrooms have been renovated or updated. Again, the buyer feels they are ready for use.
  • the flooring is in good shape and does not require replacing.
  • the house is clean. The kitchen and bathrooms are sparkling. The carpeting and tile is shampooed and stain free. The appliances are clean inside and out.
  • the yard maintenance has been kept up.

It can be hard to look at your home with an objective eye. You have many memories that colour your view. What you have learned to live with may put off your buyer.

 

A home Stager or Realtor can look at your home with the eyes of a buyer and help you decide what needs to be done. These professionals can make sure your time and money is spent wisely to get the best ROI.

 

 

 

 

 

Is your home in move-in condition?

 

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Rainmaker
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Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty

Hello Janice,

Terrific post!  Most buyers today really do want move-in condition.  You made very good points!  Thanks for sharing!

Rita

 

January 10, 2010 08:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Ritchie
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com

"Move in ready" verbiage is a good way to get the needed repairs concept across.

January 11, 2010 05:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
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Rita, thanks for stopping by.

Cheryl, Yes, it is important to get the message to our clients clearly.

January 11, 2010 08:54 AM
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Cynthia Bartch
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Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio

Hi Janice, all your move in points are certainly valid. You never know, these items to be 'done' you mention in your post could be the difference between a seller choosing your home and another down the street.

January 13, 2010 08:05 AM
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
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Thanks Cynthia. Sellers have to meet today's buyer's expectations.

January 13, 2010 08:48 AM
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Home Staging tips and advice offered to help sellers. Working in Burlington Ont. and surrounding areas Janice Ankrett ASP helps sellers prepare their homes for sale. Janice works with real estate agents and owners to help the home sell as quickly as possible for the best possible price.