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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. That’s where home staging comes in, and it’s why we offer free home staging to most of our seller clients.

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

Hi, I'm Cari McGee. 👋 I've lived in the Tri-Cities since 1994 and I've been a licensed Realtor® since 2004. That's a lot of local knowledge and real estate experience that I put into every article you read on my website! We've helped more than 560 families buy or sell property in the Tri-Cities. In 2023, our community voted us the bronze winner for Best Real Estate Team in the Tri-Cities Best voting. Learn more about me by clicking the link right above. And if you have any questions, get in touch anytime!

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