WASHINGTON, D.C. (6/24/14)--You might be reluctant to make upgrades when you're ready to sell your house. After all, you won't be in the house to enjoy them for long. And most projects recoup only 66% of their costs, according to the 2014 cost vs. value report from Remodeling magazine (Kiplinger May 2014).
But complacency can mean your house stays on the market for months--time that costs you money. That's why these seven updates that rank high on buyers' wish lists, culled from the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) "What Home Buyers Really Want" report, are worth considering:
For related information, read "Want Top Dollar for Your House? Apply Elbow Grease" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center. That story reports that, in a 2012 survey of real estate agents, almost 90% said home improvements can help sell a home faster, and nearly 73% felt home improvements could boost the sales price--if they are the right improvements.