"I'm Mayhem, and I'm Your Worst Nightmare!"

Reblogger Cindy Bryant
Home Stager with Redesign Etc. Home Staging Incorporated in TX

A great post by colleague Julia Vigneron Maher, owner of  Nestings Home Staging & Model Home Design of Fairfield County, CT .  Unfortunately, sellers have to take this into consideration.  Taking down anything that will be seen with their names, faces, activities they are involved with.  Sad, it has come to that, but why take the chance?


Original content by Julia Maher

"I'm Mayhem, and I'm Your Worst Nightmare!"


I like small children.

I surf the internet looking for them.

I don't have to bother with social networking sites.

I can use the MLS.

I know if it's a boy or a girl.

I know approximately how old they are.

I know their address.




I know they might respond to me if I call them by their name.


I'm Mayhem, and I'm your worst nightmare!





Parents, if your house is for sale, PLEASE remove any and all references to specific information regarding your children.  This may include name banners, awards, certificates, report cards, signs, etc.  Don't give Mayhem a chance with with your children!


Real Estate Agents:  Please encourage your listing clients to remove name signs such as the one above.  While charming, they could put a child at risk.  If the client won't comply, refrain from posting such photos.

This is one important piece of advice I give all my Connecticut Home Staging clients, and one that I would think all agents would too.  However, every day I see new listings posted on the MLS with this kind of blatant "invitation".  Let's keep the children's safety in mind!


Nestings Home Staging CT Fairfield CountyJulia Vigneron Maher, Nestings Home Staging & Model Home Design:  Award-Winning Staging for Model, Vacant and Occupied Homes in Fairfield County, CT (including Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Trumbull, Monroe, Newtown, Stratford, Easton, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, Greenwich) and Connecticut.



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Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
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I am ALWAYS sure we don't photograph children or any of these name signs in their rooms, its common sense to me.  Thanks for the great reblog, I missed this.

Jan 04, 2012 09:14 PM #1
Ron Wickes
Keller Williams - Broker Associate - Conroe, TX

Great advice. Thank you.

Jan 05, 2012 06:42 AM #2
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

It's such a good post, Cindy -- I've been telling my seller clients this for years but this post REALLY makes the point well.  Good reblog.

Jan 05, 2012 03:49 PM #3
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Im sure many homeownes do not even consider that. Good reblog.

Jan 06, 2012 07:21 AM #4
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Rene, it seems like most people would remove such items.  As you know, it doesn't always happen with some sellers, glad that you do it for your listings, it only makes sense.

Hi Ron, yes, it's great advice from Julia, that's often overlooked.

Maureen, I know, Julia did a great job, even down to the graphics.  It's sad we have to do that, but it's no "Mayberry RFD" we live in!

John, probably not, but it's so important for sellers to heed this advice.


Jan 07, 2012 09:42 AM #5
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Cindy: I would imagine the home owner never gives this a thought.

Great advice!


Jan 17, 2012 12:48 PM #6
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Carl & Ceil, it's a shame we even have to think about those kind of things.  Great blog from Julia.

Jan 18, 2012 04:58 PM #7
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