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8 Features That Will Sell Your Home Faster


Homeowners are sometimes hesitant to upgrade when it's time to sell. After all, you won't be living there much longer, and home remodeling efforts only increase home values by 57% of the average project's costs, according to Remodeling magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value report.

But think again, sellers. The cost of inaction can be far greater than the small loss you'll incur on any home-improvement projects. "Making small upgrades over time serves a seller immensely," says Brian Lewis, a real estate broker with reality firm Compass. These don't have to be break-the-bank alterations, either. "Even merely keeping the color palette up-to-date will go a long way. Getting stuck in time with your home isn't a smart move and is rarely rewarded financially at sale time," he adds. In fact, it may cause your house to linger on the market longer. As a result, you'll likely have to pay ongoing mortgage, maintenance and staging costs.

To make the most of your remodeling budget, focus on features that most home buyers really want to see. Updated for 2018, our slide show reveals several coveted home features sought out by today's buyers.

This slide show was created using the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 2017 Home Buyer Preferences report, part of which identifies the most desirable home features among recent and prospective home buyers with a household income ranging from $100,000 to $149,999. Estimated project costs come from Except where noted, costs reflect materials and contractor labor.

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