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Want To Sell Your House? Think "Perfect Crime"

Want To Sell Your House?  Think "Perfect Crime"

Getting your house SOLD these days may require extreme measures.   No, I'm not suggesting you break the law, but I do suggest you think "Perfect Crime" when preparing your house for sale.  Today's buyer is like one of those detectives in the old movies.  Leave them the smallest amount of evidence and they will find a way to use it against you.

Successfully selling your house requires LEAVING NO EVIDENCE at the scene.



Prior to listing, remove all evidence of YOU and YOUR lifestyle.  All personal photographs, awards, diplomas and degrees.  All political and religious items.  All medical equipment and medications.  All hobbies and collections.

Think of these things as DNA or fingerprints that reveal your identity... make sure you wipe the house clean of them.


Be prepared to flee the scene at a moments notice.  Keep a laundry basket or plastic tote by the door for quick pick-up and removal to your getaway car if your agent calls with an unexpected showing request.


No house is perfect.  You, better than anybody, know what the negative features are within your house.

They may be the reason you are moving, but they shouldn't be the reason you "serve time" sitting on the market.  


Committing the perfect crime requires strategic planning and staying one step ahead of the authorities...this is where your accomplice, a professional Home Stager, comes in.

A Home Stager will show you how to minimize the negative and highlight the positive features of your house. Their experience at identifying and removing telltale "red flags" will prove to be invaluable. 


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Comment balloon 50 commentsSharon Tara • September 09 2011 08:17AM


Sharon- Perfectly written as always. I love "be prepared to flee at a moment's notice".  Hope you become an accomplice in crime for the homeowners in New Hampshire.  (suggested)

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

Sharon, with you permission I would like to send this to a client who insists on leaving up a number of religious would help my case coming from an outside source and a stager like yourself.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 9 years ago

Kathy:  Thank you!  I love partnering in crime with New Hampshire sellers as much as you do with Florida sellers!

Steve:  Go for it!  Hope it helps!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Another great post Sharon! I also found as a recent seller that this process helped us "let go" of the house as it didn't really feel like ours anymore once we had put away many of the items that made it ours.This was especially helpful for our children.

Posted by Deb Morgan almost 9 years ago

Clever and fun Sharon!  I am thinking it should be illegal to put a home on the market without having a staging accomplice.  It's no wonder Sellers who don't have to do the time!

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) almost 9 years ago

Sharon, great post! lol! I'm going to be talking about making houses 'CSI' ready! Such great points, no one wants their house to 'serve time'! :D

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) almost 9 years ago

Suggested!  Brilliant post.  Where do you get your ideas?  Must be from hanging out with those little ones.

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) almost 9 years ago

Good morning Sharon. Great title and wonderful information here. I am going to suggest this too. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 9 years ago

Sharon, you come up with the best analogies! Well done!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

Deb:  That's a great point...the process does help the seller let go.

Laura:  That's right!  Sellers without an accomplice end up doing time!

Peg:  Now why didn't I think of that?  "CSI Ready"  is a great way to put it!

Julie:  Thanks, but are you suggesting my sweet baby grandsons have criminal minds?  LOL!

Sheila:  I appreciate that, thank you!  Hope you have a nice weekend as well!

Janice:  Thank you!  


Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

I love, love, love this analogy Sharon!  I sure wish I had thought of this...but, since I didn't and you did, I just must hit the suggest button.  I may come over and reblog....aahhh the perfect crime :)! 

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 9 years ago
Love the post and well written, most enjoyable to read!
Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) almost 9 years ago

I like the analogy you used here Sharon! Well done my friend!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Very clever way to get the point across - and I think humor always makes it easier for a seller to hear the info they need to take to heart.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 9 years ago

Sharon, love the creativity  and it really does give the idea of staging a new spin-humor is definitely what the doctor ordered in this market!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 9 years ago

Brenda:  Thank you!  I love, love, love your enthusiasm!  

Wendy:  Glad you enjoyed it!

Craig:  Thank you!  

Nancy:  Humor is a great people skill's tool!  More fun way to deliver the message.

Joanna:  There you go...."what the doctor ordered" can be your next blog post!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Elementary, my dear Watson!


This blog is incredibly amusing AND full of good advice!

Thanks for a laugh and a "hmmm..", Sharon!

Posted by Kristi Knutson, Blog Trainer ☂ almost 9 years ago

Bravo!  Clever, fun, witty and infomative post the analogy!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 9 years ago

Sharon, fabulous blog. This is such great advice to homeowners who want to get the best price and a faster sale. Very creative and fun to read!

Posted by Fred Strickroot, Tampa Bay Area Homes For Sale (Fred Strickroot - HomeNet - Tampa Bay Area - 727-478-8997) almost 9 years ago

Hi Sharon--it's already been said, but bears repeating--what a super analogy.  You are so creative, and this is one of the best staging posts I've read in a while. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Kristi:  Great line!  Thanks!!

Roger:  Well thank you!

Fred:  I'm so glad you enjoyed it!  Thank you!

Janet:  That's quite the compliment, thank you!


Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Excellent post, Sharon.  I have a feeling your Staging is as creative as your posts.  Well done, once more.  Again.



Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) almost 9 years ago

Lloyd:  Staging usually requires creativity, I'ld be lost without it, LOL!  Thanks!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

All wonderful advice from my wise wise friend!  I actually had one of my sellers yell at me this week when I complained about the mess in his house.  "We do live there you know!"  Some people just don't get it.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 9 years ago

Sharon ~ what a cute and clever post!  It makes perfect sense that sellers have to remove all "evidence" of themselves in order for buyers to see themselves living there. 

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 9 years ago

Sharon, what a fun way to look at preparing your house for sale process. I suggested it too.

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) almost 9 years ago


You really have a talent for writing,,, I love the sentence about "serving time", Well put!  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 9 years ago

Love your post, you paint a great image.

Posted by Jacki Kennedy, Staged to Wow, Houston TX (Staged to WOW Home Staging & Redesign) almost 9 years ago

I really believe just slapping your house on the market and crossing your fingers is not a viable way to sell your house these days.  My clients who contact me many months prior to listing and prepare their home have all been very successful in selling their home.  Check out this post How to Have a Succesful Home Sale

Posted by Kevin Vitali, Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers (EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales) almost 9 years ago

Debra:  Awww, thanks!  Yelled at you, huh?  Not exactly the type of client I would want to work deserve better!

Maureen:  I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Anna:  I appreciate that, thanks!

Alexandra:  That really means a lot to me....I wish my writing came easy to me, but it doesn't.  It is a struggle - I'm usually very happy with the result, but it's so much work!

Jacki:  Thank you!

Kevin:  And yet...that's what so many sellers are still doing....slapping and crossing!  


Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Tara, I had to stop by and say Hello...Roger Mucci did a post on you today and you are good peeps!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 9 years ago

Kristin:  I was so touched by Roger's post.  What a sweetheart he is!  Thanks for stopping by...I would have done the same thing...if Roger says someone is worth a peek, I head right over too!  Now I have to live up to his hype!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Good morning, Sharon. This post grabbed my attention. Immediately I was drawn into the storyline. I do believe your story could easily be spun into an MCE class. Realtors are often challenged by sellers who mean well, but don't understand how leaving their DNA behind can often work against them instead of for them. Realtors are there to sell the house, not the owners life style or personal beliefs about politic and religion. When it comes to selling homes, be like Switzerland - stay neutral and you'll get your home sold quicker. I suggested it!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 9 years ago

Hi Sharon, what a great storyline, I will mark for re-blogging...

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) almost 9 years ago

Patricia:  Thank you!  I think you are right, a class could be in order!  Thanks for the suggest too!

Barbara:  Glad you find it reblog worthy!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago
Sharon, this is just a delightful bit of great advice. Made me smile!
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) almost 9 years ago

Hey, Sharon!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.   Have a great Sunday!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) almost 9 years ago

OH this is so clever.  I love it  Not sure how I missed this post, but caught it on the rebound from Patricia

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 9 years ago

Patricia:  Glad you smiled and so glad to be included in the favorites!  Thank you!

Debbie:  Better late than never, LOL!  Glad you enjoyed it!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

A wonderful twist on a common problem we have in selling homes!  Should be required reading for all sellers.  Why don't they LISTEN????

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) almost 9 years ago

I have never thought of it that way but you are certainly correct! And you didn't even you the word declutter! haha! You were thinking it though I am sure!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Love this post! Especially the creativity you have shown in the analogy!        

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 9 years ago

That's good. Too bad the people who pick features didn't pick this one!

Happy Monday!

Posted by Not a real person almost 9 years ago

Melissa:  Some sellers are just stubborn!  I've been lucky lately to have great clients who are willing to do what is necessary to get their house sold.  

Rosalie:  Glad you enjoyed it.  It's always a challenge to avoid the word "clutter" - it's so ingrained in our heads!

Sandy:  Thank you!

Russel:  Thank you for that!  I really appreciate it!!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Wow.  Belated suggestion!


Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) almost 9 years ago

Marge:  Thank you!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Hi Sharon,

I suggested this one too! Great post. You are soooo right. Make your statement, then leave. Sure hope you posted this one on my outside blog!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) almost 9 years ago

John:  Thank you!  I did post it on your outside blog.  Glad you liked it!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Sharon, this is a clever way to relay the message of prepping your home. I really like the idea of a laundry basket at the escape route for conveniently removing stuff.

Jacque & Larry

Posted by Larry & Jacque Ficek, Realtors - Wasilla Alaska (Alaska Dream Makers) almost 9 years ago

Jacque & Larry:  Thank you!  Having a basket near the door to throw everything into and then take with you is so helpful to sellers.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

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