Sell Your Long Island NY Home Faster With These Features

If you're trying to sell your Long Island NY home and think remodeling or upgrading certain features of your home would be a waste of money, you should think again.

The cost of not making upgrades can be far greater than the small loss you'll incur on any home improvement projects. It can make the difference between getting multiple offers on your Long Island NY home, or getting no offers at all.

Features Buyers Want in a Long Island NY Home Today

Features buyers are looking for in a Long Island NY home include a separate laundry room

1. Separate laundry room

Buyers who want this feature: 93 percent

Approximate cost to renovate: $2,800-$3,200 for an 80-square-foot space (replacing existing cabinetry, countertops, sink and flooring, painting the walls, and updating the plumbing and lighting fixtures)

2. Exterior lighting

Buyers who want this feature: 90 percent

Cost to buy and install: $150 to $250 per fixture

Exterior lighting is the most-wanted outdoor feature for a Long Island NY home, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

3. Energy Star windows

Buyers who want this feature: 89 percent

Cost to buy and install: $270-$800 per window

Swapping out your old windows for new energy-efficient versions will help your Long Island NY home stand out to buyers looking to save on utility costs.

4. Garage storage space

Buyers who want this feature: 86 percent

Cost to install: $2,200-$2,500 for a 380-square-foot space (including adding cabinets, a peg wallboard for tools and improved lighting and electrical circuits) Unlike an attic or backyard shed, the garage is easily accessible.

5. Eat-in kitchens

Buyers who want this feature: 85 percent

Cost to install: $1,000+

Making this particular improvement or change to your Long Island NY home can quickly escalate if you're knocking out a wall to make room for a dining table, so be careful with this one. It's not necessarily a do-it-yourself weekend project.

6. Walk-in pantry

Buyers who want this feature: 85 percent

Cost to install: Varies depending on design and location

Additional storage space in the kitchen is a big plus for potential buyers looking at your Long Island NY home. An added bonus would be the ability to tuck away mops and brooms neatly.

7. Wireless home security system

Buyers who want this feature: 50 percent

Cost to install: $100-$300

Installing a wireless home security system is less expensive than a hard-wired version and doesn't require professional assistance to install. Systems that can be easily controlled by a tablet or smart phone app are especially attractive.

If you're considering a system that is professionally monitored to notify police or fire departments as needed, they'll most likely provide installation for you, so installation costs for this feature may be next to nothing.

For more tips to help you sell your Long Island NY home, check out some of our other Long Island NY Home Selling Tips under Long Island NY Real Estate Categories to your right.