Men are like taxis. The theory is that when a man is ready for, or open to, the possibility of a relationship he turns his taxi light on. If you happen to be the girl that hails the cab (him) while the light is on, you’ve got a possibility of a decently long ride. But if you grab a cab with the light off, it doesn’t really matter what you do, it’s just not going to go anywhere.
–Candace Bushnell, “Sex and the City”
Non-Serious: Won’t budge from the original list price. Or, after an eon of market time, will cancel-and-relist . . . at the same price.
Serious: Ferociously cleans and de-clutters before hitting the market. Donates accumulated stuff to charity to make their home feel as big as possible. Spends a nominal amount on cosmetic updating (painting, floor refinishing, landscaping, etc.) as needed. Brings in a stager — and takes their advice!