Should your Home be in “Move-In” Condition when you Sell?

August 26, 2022

Imagine youre shopping for a car. You find one thats a suitable model, a recent year, and hasnt been driven a lot. The price is right, too.

But, theres a caveat.

The paint is worn off in several places. The drivers seat upholstery is torn and requires repair. And, the tires needed to be replaced… a long time ago.

Would you still buy it? You might. However, unless you enjoy fixing up cars, youd probably hesitate to make the purchase.

After all, in addition to seeing the car itself, youre noticing the work that needs to be done to fix it.

The same holds true when selling your home.

The more move-in ready you make the property, the more likely buyers are to become interested in buying it. Like when viewing a car, you want buyers to focus on all your homes wonderful features, not on the repairs and updates that need to be done.

That being said, how important is it that your home be move-in ready when you sell?

That depends, in large part, on the market. If its currently a sellers market in the neighborhood — lots of buyers but comparatively few properties for sale — getting your home move-in ready is less important. There is already high demand for your property. (However, getting all repairs done and staging your property effectively will still provide a significant advantage.)

In a buyers market, where there are more homes for sale than buyers, youre in a competitive situation. So, anything you can do to give your listing an advantage is worth the effort. That includes making it as move-in ready as possible.