7 Features That Will Get Your Home Sold Faster

Amenities like exterior lighting can mean the difference between getting multiple bids at once for your house -- or getting no offers at all.

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 66.1 percent of the average project's costs, according to Remodeling magazine's 2014 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. "It can mean the difference between getting multiple bids at once and driving up the selling price or getting no offers," says Brian Lewis, a real estate broker with Halstead Property, a New York realty firm. As your house lingers on the market, you'll likely pay ongoing mortgage, maintenance and staging costs.

We've already highlighted several household features home buyers hate, including popcorn-finished ceilings, brass fixtures and vanity strip bathroom lighting. Now, consider seven features buyers want to see -- and what it will take to add such features to your home.

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If you're listed with a real estate outfit, get out of your contract (if possible) and shop for another agent and/or real estate outfit. Consider other options . . . open listing, FSBO, or do your homework on those agents who have been selling. If you're listed, your agent is worthless.

June 30 2014 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess I should run right out and purchase a wireless security system for my home! That is the only thing of your seven we do not have in our home. Our house and 2.67 acres has been on the market for over nine months with no bites. We are within the market pricing and have reduced the price 3 times totaling $25,000.00. I am to the point I will rent it out until the election's happen and hopefully change the economy.

June 18 2014 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Eileen's comment

Eileen, why do you think it has not sold?

June 28 2014 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply