An abundance of move-in-ready homes can be a boon for empty-nesters trying to avoid having to move into a temporary living arrangement after selling their existing home while a new home is being built.
A quick move-in home can be completely built before a buyer makes a purchase or it may be under construction at the time of purchase. Most homebuilders offer at least one or two quick move-ins at nearly every one of their communities.
“We have homes in all stages of construction,” said Steve Snoddy, vice president of sales, Arizona Division, AV Homes Inc. “About half of our inventory homes are complete with all options chosen. About 25 percent of our homes are early in construction and the other 25 percent are at least halfway through construction. The homes early in construction allow certain high-impact options [such as countertops, flooring and cabinets] to be chosen by the customer.
Advantages for empty-nesters
Over the last few years, “the Valley has seen tremendous success in sales which has led construction costs to increase,” said Hal Looney, Arizona president of Shea Homes’ Active Lifestyle Communities, branded as Trilogy. “Our designer homes that are currently being built have secured construction costs because the home has already started with trade partners. Trilogy has a variety of move-in ready homes offering popular floor plans to satisfy the needs of the consumer. There is also a level of convenience when purchasing a move-in designer home.”
Move-in ready homes offer multiple advantages for empty-nesters, Snoddy said. These include:
- Faster occupancy
- Moving into a professionally designed home
- Oftentimes better incentives
- Avoiding construction noise and chaos