To determine the data, Zillow looked at homes with features that contribute to a higher sale price than expected and compared them to homes without them. The analysis controlled for size, age and location of the home, as well as the time of year it was listed.
Other features that may contribute to sales premiums include:
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However, Zillow cautions sellers from jumping on the bandwagon too quickly.
“This analysis didn’t look at return on investment, so don’t rush out to install a waterfall countertop in your kitchen and assume you’ll earn your money back in a sale,” Zillow economist Jeff Tucker said in a statement. “However, if you have these features in your home, make sure to flaunt them in your listing description during the competitive spring home shopping season.”
Zillow found that features associated with “smart homes” contributed to quicker sale times, including keywords like “smart sprinkler system” and “smart light.”