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Is your listing languishing? Strategies to reset and freshen your approach
So your house is lingering on the market for weeks, perhaps even months — long after you had hoped to get an offer. Navigating through a buyer’s market has its difficulties, but these time-tested tips can breathe new life into your listing.
Reconsider your asking price
While everyone wants to sell at top value, it’s smart to verify that your pricing isn’t out of sync with the rest of the market. Even a small price adjustment can revive interest in your home.
Take a break
If you’re not in a time crunch, pausing your listing can give you time to reset and reenergize your strategy. Also, when your property is back up on the listings, a new email blast will go out, getting your property in front of a new batch of buyers and real estate agents.
Invest in curb appeal
Don’t underestimate the power of a first impression. A few updates to your exterior — a fresh coat of paint, potted plants, a power wash — can be the ultimate refresh.
Hire a professional
When marketing your house, top-notch visuals can give your listing the edge in a competitive market. Once a professional stager gets your home in top selling condition, hire a photographer to make compelling images to increase clicks and views.
Brighten a dark room using these designer tips
As the days grow shorter, there’s no reason to endure a dreary room. Take on some of these weekend projects and enjoy the transformation.
Go with light hues on floors and walls
White paint or white tiling is the simplest way to get light bouncing around the room.
Going bold on hues and fun patterns for rugs, throw pillows and accent chairs brings instant levity to living rooms, bedrooms and other spaces.
Open the window
That is, retire the heavy drapes and let the sun shine in. Your plants and pets will thank you for it.
A large panel of reflecting glass can dial up the brightness in a winter room — while a pretty frame adds a focal point.
Choosing upholstery and accessories featuring metallics adds another place to bounce off rays of light.
Think like a lighting designer
Before shopping for lamps and fixtures, consider what the room needs at different times of day. Wall sconces are essential during twilight and on cloudy days. Also, consider the temperature of the light bulbs — cool lights and warm lighting can impact the mood of the room.
Get your greens
In the depths of winter and dark skies, touches of living green add life and cheer to any space. To achieve a more impactful design with plants, build a living wall.
Top U.S. cities to celebrate Halloween
Sleepy Hollow, New York: Haunted historic sites and live theater
St. Helens, Oregon: All-ages fun in a charming small town
Anoka, Minnesota: Chock-full of family-friendly activities