Bloomberg contributor Lisa Selin Davis says that a barn door could make a home sell faster, and for a much higher premium, than a home without that and other rustic touches, according to a report from Zillow Digs.
The report claimed that a sliding door could potentially help a home get off the market 57 days faster and sell for 13.4% more than a home without, and highlighted other design features that can amp up a home sale such as shaker cabinets (45 days faster), farmhouse sinks (58 days faster), and subway tiles (63 days faster). All four of those top terms point back to a rustic design aesthetic that has caught fire with today's homebuyers. Zillow Digs refers to the touches, which can now be designed to also be "modern and sleek," as “craftsman meets farmhouse.”
But Skylar Olsen, Zillow’s senior economist, knows that having “barn door” in the listing alone doesn’t directly correlate to a higher price or a quicker sale. You can’t just slap a barn door on, or in, any old home and automatically, and dramatically, increase its value. “‘Causal relationship’ are strong words,” she says.
In fact, some of these pieces are actually quite expensive to install. A modern barn door can be around $1,600, while subway tiles can run up as high as $40 per square foot and a copper farmhouse sink can be as expensive as $2,500.
A few other home features made a surprising appearance on the list, such as tankless water heaters, breakfast nooks, and exposed beams. Continue reading on Bloomberg for the full findings of Zillow's report.