Debenhams Reveals Parents Need ‘Nestoration’ When Children Leave Home

By Debenhams, PRNE
Monday, June 20, 2011

LONDON, June 21, 2011 -


Debenhams has revealed that parents are stockpiling cash for
investment in a range of household improvements after their
children have gone to University in the autumn or left home,
according to a poll carried out by the high street retailer.

Debenhams quizzed 1,000 parents with teens and asked them when
they were likely to invest significant sums in redecorating or
refurnishing their homes.  The department store found that 74%
of parents, battered by the costs of raising their kids, were
planning to hold on to their cash and refurbish their homes after
their kids have left home.

Just over half of those polled (53%) said they would spend up to
£5,000 to put their houses right and 29% will spend up to
£10,000.  Debenhams is calling this the “nestoration” phase,
as parents upgrade from economy living to a first-class

Analysis of the shopping patterns of newly-liberated parents by
Debenhams reveals that oak and walnut href="">furniture,
luxury sofas, better quality office furniture, leather seats and
luxurious href="">bedding
are likely purchases.

The most common types of damage caused by kids were remote
control dents on the floor, ruined sofas, wall gouges, floor
scratches, food and drink spillages, broken beds, broken door
handles, fingerprints, drawing and graffiti on walls, kicked doors
and ‘cave-papering’ their rooms (posters on all walls and

One parent polled was so offended by the state of his
16-year-old teen’s bedroom and his reluctance to bring dirty plates
and glasses down that he installed a dishwasher in the bedroom.

Another said that the sheer number of fingerprints on the walls
had turned the house into a forensic scientist’s dream home.

The principal reasons for delaying investment in ‘nestoration’
were the following: kids are untidy and have less respect for
property than the parents did when they were younger, kids tend to
see their rooms as their own property these days, kids spill food
and drink and don’t look after things - they think everything is
easily replaceable.

Steve Lightfoot, divisional trading director of home at
Debenhams commented: “We’re witnessing a sea change in the way that
parents view their homes and home maintenance.

“It used to be that parents were consistently house proud, but I
think they have become a bit more pragmatic these days and are
putting off replacing things and redecorating until their kids have
left home. The parent-child relationship has started to look a
bit more like a landlord-tenant relationship.”

One survey respondent said: “The trouble with kids these days is
that they’ve taken the idea of ‘MySpace’ a bit too literally and
really don’t respect property. Nor do they really appreciate the
cost of maintaining a home.  It’s safer for us to put off
refurbishing the house until our children have left and not worry
too much about wear and tear.”

Alun Lewis, a builder and decorator from Luton, said: “I’ve
definitely seen a pick-up in work from people whose kids have just
left home.  Some of the bedrooms that I’ve had to put right
have been incredible, but a lick of paint and some new furniture is
all it takes really. You’d never know.”

About Debenhams:

Debenhams is a leading department stores group with a strong
presence in key product categories including womenswear, mens
fashion, childrenswear, home and health, such as href="">pots
& pans, and beauty.

Debenhams is the second largest department store chain in the

Debenhams operates 161 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Debenhams also has 61 international franchise stores in 24
countries and six Magasin stores in Denmark.

PR Contact:
Ruth Attridge
PR Manager - Menswear, Beauty, International & Retail
33 Wigmore Street


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