When you’re in the market for a brand new home, there are a few different paths that can get you through the door. If you opt to purchase a to-be built home that allows you to build from the ground up, you’ll be able to select the floorplan that fits you perfectly, along with fixtures and finishes that suit your style preferences. This could be a perfect plan for those who aren’t in a hurry to move, as this process typically takes anywhere from 9 to 12+ months from start to finish.

But if you want or need to make a faster move, a quick move-in home could be an ideal option.

What is a Quick Move-In Home

If you’re not familiar with the term, a quick move-in home is a newly constructed home that is either complete or is already in the process of being built. Home builders will typically build a few homes within a new community before the homes actually go on sale. These can be model homes which are meant to give potential home buyers an idea of what their home could look like, or they could just be new homes that get started without a specific buyer in mind. These homes go by a variety of different names in the building industry such as quick delivery homes, inventory homes, move-in ready homes, or spec homes. The most common name for them though is quick move-homes, or “QMI” homes. Depending on how far along it is in the construction process, these brand new, beautiful QMI homes could be available in as little as 90 days, which is a major plus for those who are feeling ready to make their move on a high quality home today.

What Are the Benefits of a Quick Move-in Home?

There are a number of factors that could make this a wise way to go. Here are just a few benefits to consider before purchasing a quick move-in home.

1. Shorter Wait Periods
As mentioned earlier, purchasing a quick move-in home can take as little as 90 days for move-in vs the traditional 12+ months associated with buying a brand new home being built. Even though quick move-in homes offer shorter waiting periods, depending on how far along the home is in the construction process, new homebuyers might still be able to choose home options and finishes before the home is officially completed.

2. Peace of Mind
If you’re ready to start your new chapter in your new community sooner than later, a quick move-in home can offer the certainty you’re seeking. With so much demand for homes right now, finding the perfect one can be challenging and time consuming.  Those who are also relocating to a different city or state, can benefit from the peace of mind that a quick move-in home can offer, instead of having to plan out your new home purchase months and months in advance. Search for quick move-in homes that are available now on SheaHomes.com and you could be closing on your dream home and starting your next chapter sooner.
3. Locked-in Rates
When you’re able to close sooner on your home, you may be able to lock in your mortgage rate while the rates are still historically low. Instead of wondering what the rates will do over a six- to nine-month period, you may be able to lock in sooner with a quick move-in home and could potentially save thousands over the life of your loan.
4. Simple Standard Features
While a quick move-in home may offer less personalization, it may also offer a simple, streamlined home design process. Quick move-in homes often feature popular, on-trend styles, with selections made by a professional design team. That means you can sit back, relax, and feel confident that your new home will be stunning and stylish.
5. Potential for Less Construction Noise
Lastly, when a new home community has quick move-in homes for sale, if could mean that the community is likely to be closing out soon. This means that the majority of homes are already built, which means less construction noise to deal with around your neighborhood.

Quick Move-In Homes vs. To-Be Built Homes 

Still don’t know if a move-in ready home is right for you? View the table below to get a high-level overview of the differences between a Quick Move-in home compared to a To-Be Built custom home.

Quick Move-in Home To-Be Built Home
Partially Built/Already Built Choose Your Floorplan, Community, & Homesite
Possibly a Shorter Move in Time Plenty of Time to Make Choices Best for You
Built with the most popular design trends/features Personalize Your Own Home and Make it Yours
Potential to View/Walk the Home Before Purchase Hands on Support Each Step of the Process


Visit SheaHomes.com to check out the quick move-in homes at the Shea Homes community that interests you. Then contact your New Home Advisor at 800.685.6494 to schedule an in-person or virtual tour of our currently available quick move-in homes to find a gorgeous new home that’s perfect for you!


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