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Move-in Ready vs. New Construction

March 30, 2020
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If you’re starting to investigate the options available when it comes to new homes in Southwest Washington, you should understand the different types of new homes. In simplest terms, it comes down to move-in ready homes and new construction homes, though there is overlap that provides some additional options for home buyers.

Regardless of which one you choose, you will be purchasing a brand new home that has never been lived in before. The difference is whether you want to buy a home that has been built by the builder according to their standard specs, or do you want to be more involved and purchase a home in which you have a say from the ground up, determining the layout, design elements, finishes and more.

The reason why many people choose to purchase a move-in-ready home is right there in the name: it’s move-in ready, and you don’t have to wait. New construction homes require time that not all buyers have. Move-in-ready homes, depending on the paperwork process, can be yours in 30 to 60 days at most. If you don’t have time to wait, this is an excellent option that still results in a new home, often with a warranty. These homes may also cost less than a new construction home.

However, if you do have time to wait — especially if you’re turning to a builder to create your dream home — then new construction is what you want. In this case, the buyer works with the builder to choose the lot, the home design, interior elements, and other features, in order to have a home that meets their needs and personal tastes. Custom new construction does sometimes cost more, especially if you’re building on your own land, rather than on a lot in a pre-existing community, but you end up with a home that is designed specifically for your lifestyle.

In some cases, there is overlap where the builder is already starting construction on a home that isn’t sold yet. If it isn’t completed yet, the buyer often has the option of choosing some of the final finishes and colors, though these are more decorative than structural. These homes may not be move-in ready, but they’re usually still available much faster than building new construction from scratch.

Fortunately, you’ll find a number of excellent communities where you can purchase both move-in-ready homes and new construction homes. Builders often work in these communities, leaving some lots free for buyers who want to be involved in the entire process, while also building homes in advance that will appeal to a broad variety of homebuyers.

Pacific Lifestyle Homes builds new homes in Southwest Washington in various communities where you have your choice. Choose from the beautifully built move-in-ready homes or work with them to customize your own new construction. Regardless, you’re sure to love your brand new home.

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