Selling your house? These words can boost its price

  • Heated floors

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    Percent increase over expected values: 4.3

    Days sold faster than expected: 28

    This cozy feature showed up most often in Seattle, which isn't surprising given the area's reputation for chilly, rainy days. They can be heated by electric wires or small tubes of hot water beneath the flooring and are most often used under tile or cement floors. Wood flooring can be used, but the temperature changes can cause the wood to expand and shrink.

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