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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