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15 Features That Will Help Your Home Sell Faster – and for more money


Whether you’re looking to sell your house or invest in the value of your home, listen up: From 2014 to 2016, Zillow Digs analyzed more than two million for-sale listings, and found that homes with 15 specific features sold the fastest and for the most money — in some cases, meaning they sold for up to 13% more than the expected selling value, and up to 60 days faster than expected. So whether you’re hoping to impress buyers, or just your close group of friends at your next dinner party, here is Zillow Digs’ list of the most desired home features:  

1. Barn Doors

Properties featuring barn doors saw the highest effect on a home’s expected value, increasing it by 13.4 percent. Homes with barn doors also sold 57 days faster than expected.

2. Shaker Cabinets

Shaker cabinets not only look timeless and elegant, but they’ll also make your home sell faster. “Not only are shaker cabinets popular with home buyers, they may also signal that the home has other desirable features like an open floor plan or a well-appointed kitchen,” said Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist.

3. Farmhouse Sinks

People love a good farmhouse sink: Homes with this kitchen feature usually sell 58 days faster than expected.

4. Subway Tile

You can probably thank Joanna Gaines for this home trend that helps owners sell their house for 6.9 percent more than expected.

5. Quartz

Pretty and timeless, you simply can’t go wrong with this in-demand countertop material. Homes featuring quartz countertops sold for 6 percent more than expected.

6. Craftsman Details

Home described as “Craftsman” in the listing sold better than any other style on the market, according to Zillow.

7. Exposed Brick

This eye-catching material adds texture and interest to living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and more; homes featuring exposed brick walls sold 36 days faster than expected.

8. Pendant Lights

Installing pendant lights in your home is an easy ways to add charm, flair and value to a room.

9. Frameless Shower

A frameless shower is modern and sleek, making it a feature guaranteed to impress buyers and help your home sell up to 38 days faster than expected.

10. Heated Floors

Zillow says this modern and cozy component is a little luxury that buyers love—it helped homes sell for 4.3 percent more than anticipated.

11. Stainless Steel

When looking to upgrade appliances or hardware in your kitchen, opt for stainless steel—it helps homes sell up to 42 days faster than expected, according to Zillow’s findings.

12. Granite

While granite isn’t as in demand as quartz, it’s still a very popular look that entices buyers to pony up more cash.

13. Backsplash

An eye-catching backsplash is another easy upgrade that can instantly add color and character to your kitchen or bathroom.

14. Tankless Water Heater

The modern buyer wants modern features, including this newer amenity that helps homes sell for up to 4 percent more than the owners were expecting.

15. Outdoor Kitchen

Of course an outdoor kitchen isn’t a necessity for a great home, but it sure is nice to have a functional place to spend time during warmer months. Homes with outdoor kitchens sold for 3.7 percent more than expected.

More information on Zillow Digs’ report can be found at

From: Country Living