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Difference Between Quick Move-In and To-Be Built Homes

Most homebuilders offer quick move-in and to-be built homes. If you have been looking at new construction homes, you’ve probably heard these terms but may not know what the differences are or which route to go once you decide to buy a new home.

Quick Move-In Homes (Showcase Homes)

Many builders use the term “quick move-in” homes to refer to homes that are already built or partially built. Some builders refer to them as Speculative (Spec) homes or Inventory homes while McKee Homes refers to our quick move-in homes as Showcase homes.

One of the main advantages of our Showcase homes is that they are either completely built or already started and can therefore be closed and moved into in a much shorter timeframe than to-be built homes.

Our Showcase homes are professionally designed by our Design Team with the most popular design trends and features. That means you don’t have to worry about choosing options and selections and can focus on closing and moving in. This is especially important for buyers that have more immediate needs to move within a certain timeframe.

Another advantage of Showcase, or quick move-in homes, is you get to walk the home before you buy. You can explore the floorplan layout and easily visualize living in the home and how you would use each room.

To-Be Built Homes (Presale Homes)

Whether a builder calls them to-be built or presale homes, the advantage is you get to personalize the home to make it you own before the home is built. Most builders reserve lots specifically for Presale homes with a selection of floorplans and options in each community where they build.

With presale, or to-be built homes, you can select the homesite, floorplan, structural options, features, finishes, exterior color scheme and interior paint colors you desire for your new home. There can be exceptions where a builder, such as McKee Homes, will not allow the same floorplan or exterior color scheme to be used next to each other in order to ensure the overall aesthetic balance in the community.

Personalizing Your Home

If you want to be able to personalize your home, but are concerned that it might be overwhelming, we have you covered. Our knowledgeable New Home Sales Consultants will help you choose the perfect homesite, floorplan and exterior color scheme for your new home before contract. They can even help you get prequalified for a home mortgage loan!

One of our Design Studio Consultants will reach out to schedule an appointment at our nearest Design Studio. They bring expertise in design to help you create a home that captures your personal style and will assist you in bringing your new home vision to life. At our design studio, you have the opportunity to see, touch and feel all our design choices.

If you are curious about the Design Studio experience and want to find out more before you purchase a presale home, you are welcome to attend our Design Studio preview Night, where you can take a self-guided tour of our studio. This is an opportunity to gather ideas by seeing all we have to offer. This is a great time to take notes and pictures so you can be prepared for your personal design appointment.

Should you choose a quick move-in or to-be built home?

The biggest consideration is time. If you need to move within a few months, you should choose a Showcase, or quick move-in home. Or if you don’t want to make all the option and finish decisions about your new home and prefer to buy a home that you can walk before you buy, a Showcase home is your best choice.

If you have the time to go through the build process and are looking forward to making selections for your new home, you would be better off choosing a presale, or to-be built home. You will receive guidance from our team of experts in sales, design, and construction to help you all the way from choosing a community, homesite and floorplan, to selections, closing and beyond.

Is there a third option?

If you are caught in the middle and would like to choose some of the options and finishes for your home but don’t have time to go through the full homesite selection and build process, there is one other option that might be a good fit for you.

McKee Homes lists our Showcase homes as soon as we begin construction allowing you to find them on our website and real estate sites such as Zillow or Realtor.com, or through your Realtor®. You may not be able to choose structural options, depending on far along the home is in the construction process, but you may have the opportunity to make interior finish and color selections.

This is a good compromise as it will give you some of the advantages of both quick move-in and to-be built homes. The home will be much closer to completion by the time you sign a contract to purchase the home, but you will still get to make many of the selections for your new home.

More Information

Please visit Our Process web page for more information about McKee Homes’ sales, design and construction processes.

For more information about quick move-in and to-be built homes, or as we call them Showcase and Presale homes, please give us a call at 910-672-7296 or fill out the form below.



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