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Staging and kids


Photo by Karen Eubank/Eubank Staging

What stager has not encountered an owner whispering, "Whatever you do, DO NOT touch my kid's room!”

Moving is emotional at any age. When you are a kid and some stranger is touching your artwork, moving your beloved stuffed animals and packing away your Lego's, it can be overwhelming. What's a good stager to do?

First, talk to the Realtor. This is where an agent can really help things along. In a perfect world a Realtor asks this question, long before the staging takes place.

"What are you doing to engage the kids and get them excited about the move?" Think about it, kids have absolutely no control. If you give them a little, it will go a long way.

1. Loan your agent a fan deck so the kids can think about what color to paint their new room.

2. Have the owner bring some small moving boxes into the house. The kids can use stickers, crayons and markers to decorate them for specific items. One box can look like a house and the dolls can start to "live" in there in preparation for the move. One box can have Lego's drawn on the outside; another can have stickers of animals to indicate stuffed animals. When it comes to unpacking the kids will know exactly what box belongs in their new room.

3. Encourage parents to go through catalogs like Pottery Barn Kids and start to plan with the child what sort of room they’ll have.

4. If there is a door with a growth chart or the door to the child’s room is covered in stickers, remember that door can be unhinged and moved to the new home. Often the door to a kid’s room is particularly special to that child and knowing they can simply move the door solves a lot of problems.

5. Parents can go ahead and select new bedding as a special treat and begin to use it prior to the move. This helps to stage the room and the child is engaged and a part of the process.

If an agent can put a few of these simple recommendations in place prior to staging, the kids will be ready and excited about the process.

A stager’s job is to motivate, initiate and facilitate. If all else fails, then you must realize when it comes to a kid’s room, peace must prevail and there are times when you simply don’t change a thing!


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Comments

  • Marilee Vergati 4 years ago

    I love your articles and as usual also enjoy your photography. Great tips!

  • britt lopez 4 years ago

    Great ideas! I am a Realtor and hadn't thought of a few of these. I especially love the idea of letting the kids decorate and label their own boxes. That is a great project to keep them busy and involved in the process. Thanks for the tips.

  • Karen Bernetti 4 years ago

    What great tips Karen! Moving is such an emotional time for everyone - especially kids. It really is a good idea to involve them in the process.

  • Terrylynn Fisher 4 years ago

    Karen, great article, kids and moving...a dilemna. But you are so right that forethought and a little conscious prep for them to do on their own helps them feel less powerless about the situation. Another wise stager.

  • Janice Parson 4 years ago

    Great article, Karen! You really hit it on the head!

  • Zelma Osborne 4 years ago

    Karen, great thoughts and ideas. I have a feeling you were drawing a bit on experience. From one military brat to another, we experienced moving quite a bit. A psychological trick my parents used was to teach us children about where we were moving. Looking forward to exciting things to do in the new location made moving away from friends easier.

  • Richard Barcham 4 years ago

    I recognize that box! Excellent ideas on this subject.

  • Doreen Fisher 4 years ago

    Great child-centered ideas, Karen! Really love the suggestion of moving the door. Thanks for a great article.

  • Holly Duncan 4 years ago

    If only you lived and worked in New York, Karen -- you are truly gifted in your field!

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