Top Home Improvements That Pay Off

When clients prepare to sell their home, it is always good to assess the kind of improvements that they might make before putting it on the market.  Improvements can help speed up the sale and garner a higher purchase price.

Popular home features change just like all other trends, so it is important to invest in upgrades that will most likely move a buyer today.  Many of the home improvements that were common in the 1990’s for example are simply a waste of money today.

So what are the top home improvements that pay off in the current market? A story on this very topic recently ran on  The authors looked at the most common features in listings and how long those properties took to sell.  They determined that the quicker a property sold, the more in demand its features were.

After crunching all of the numbers, they came up with the following list of top home improvements:

1. Smart home features (such as smart thermostats, refrigerators, and locking systems)
2. Finished basements
3. Patios
4. Walk-in closets
5. Granite countertops
6. Eat-in kitchens
7. Hardwood floors
8. Laundry rooms
9. Open kitchens
10. Front porches
11. Dining rooms
12. Energy Star appliances
13. Two-car garages
14. Fireplaces
15. Security systems


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