Don’t Worry About These 2 Rooms When Getting Your House Ready to Sell

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When it’s time to sell your house, it’s important to get it ready to hit the market. You want it to look great and you want everything in good working condition before anyone comes to see it.

First impressions are crucial because many buyers will decide in the first 15-30 seconds if they like or don’t like a home.

You’re going to want the kitchen and main living area to look great. Same with the primary bedroom. Same with all the bathrooms in the house — they should be clean and attractive when buyers come through.

But there are two rooms/spaces you don’t have to worry much about as you’re getting the house ready to sell:

1) The Garage

If you have a big, clean garage that appeals to a garage lover, definitely spruce it up and have it ready for showings. But if you have a regular garage and it’s not super-organized and clean, that’s okay.

Even the most die-hard car or shop fan will only poke their head into the garage and scan it to determine what cars can fit. So as long as it isn’t completely stuffed with extra items, you’re fine.

2) Bedrooms other than the primary one

The primary bedroom is very important and potential buyers will expect that to look great when they tour your home or look at the photos online.

But the other bedrooms? Not as important. So, if your kid wanted a unicorn-themed room and you spent one weekend a couple years ago painting their walls different pastel shades, that’s okay. You can repaint if you want, but it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for most buyers if you don’t. People will usually give kids’ rooms or guest rooms a free pass.

So there you go! Definitely get your home ready to sell. Listen to the stager when they give you advice on what needs to be changed. But don’t spend a ton of time worrying about the garage and the secondary bedrooms. It’s okay if they look like they’ve been lived in a little.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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