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Outdoor Living Features That Help to Sell a Home

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Outdoor Living Features That Help to Sell a Home

Outdoor TVs, matte black finishes, and soapstone countertops are some of the backyard features attracting today's homebuyers

March 25, 2024
Outdoor living features that are on-trend for homebuyers include outdoor TVs like this one
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If you're wondering which outdoor living features will boost a home's sale price and help the home sell faster, tech real-estate marketplace company Zillow has some answers. Research by Zillow found that homebuyers are gravitating to outdoor TVs, outdoor showers, and outdoor kitchens, and these features can help homes sell for as much as 3.1% more than expected. Other buyer preferences reveal that soapstone countertops are outperforming quartz, and beverage centers are preferred over wine fridges.

Home buyers are willing to pay more for a backyard decked out with all the bells and whistles. New Zillow research finds homes equipped with an outdoor TV command 3.1% more than expected — or $10,749 on a typical U.S. home. That’s the highest sale price premium of all 359 features Zillow analyzed across nearly 1 million home sales in 2023. 

Homes with other desirable backyard features such as an outdoor shower, pizza oven and bluestone patio also fetch higher-than-expected sale prices when those features are mentioned in a listing description. Six of the top 10 features that help homes sell for more are outdoor features, signaling that the pandemic-era demand for functional outdoor space remains. 

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