{2018 National Home Staging Summit}

Hey There, Happy Nesters!

Can you believe Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now we are all decorating for Christmas? Time flies when you’re having fun!

Speaking of fun… Our team had the privilege of attending HSRA’s 2018 National Home Staging Summit from November 1st thru November 3rd in Dallas, Texas. It was a blast and we learned so much!!

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For those that don’t know, the Home Staging & Redesign Association {HSRA} exists to provide expert training, knowledge, and support to Home Stagers and Redesigners throughout the world, which ensures top service and results. But that’s not all, they are like family. Attending the 2018 National Home Staging Summit is like attending a family reunion. We get to connect and reconnect with other home staging professionals across the country, and it is so amazing the relationships we gain from this amazing event each year!  And, what a perfect time to have such a gathering since it happened just before Thanksgiving.  As the group of amazing people grows, we are able to continue to meet, connect, and learn from new people that don’t only challenge us, but also inspire us to be a better version of ourselves.

This year the theme was MOMENTUM! By keeping the momentum going, we are making it our time to shine! What is Momentum? The Webster dictionary defines it as the strength or force that something has when it is moving; the strength or force that allows something to continue to grow stronger or faster as time passes.

The three day event was power packed with events back to back! We started off with a VIP tour of Model My Home’s warehouse along with a luncheon and Q&A, then we ended the evening with a Meet & Greet at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Dallas. Days two and three were filled with breakout sessions built to bring us closer together and establish friendships within our stager community. We had team member breakout sessions along with business owner main sessions to help build our business and help us learn and grow from the best in the biz!

We got to listen to so many speakers but just to name a few Mike Reese (Keynote Speaker), Dusty Dean, Heather Rains and many more poured valuable knowledge into us. Giving us just the jolt of energy aka MOMENTUM we need to move forward. Mike Reese what a powerful speaker; he’s what you would call a relentless learner and focuses on online and offline marketing. He encourages your business to find your ideal client and what their values and goals, how would they define success. Dusty Dean focused on Leadership and how it’s not just about being the boss its about allowing your team room to grow. Heather Rains spoke to us about our dreams and goals. Dreams don’t just happen over night they can be 10 years in the making. The process is in the purpose.

Our BIG takeaway: Aline yourself with those that will lift you up and speak life into you. That will feed you MOMENTUM and give you your moment to shine.

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We were so humbled and honored to have been awarded the Top 10 Professional Home Staging Company Award along with recognition for our role as an Elite Leadership Member and for earning the Mastery Award for having 250+ hours of Continuing Education in the Home Staging Industry!

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Without the 2018 National Home Staging Summit we wouldn’t have been able to gather around like-minded individuals and we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to pour knowledge into others as they poured into us.

Thank you HSRA for allowing us into your lives. Also, a personal thank you to Jana Uselton, as if it weren’t for her none of this could have ever been possible. We look forward to seeing you again at the next HSRA event. We wish all of our HSRA family an incredible holiday season and can’t wait to see how your business grow this next year!

Remember it’s your moment to shine! Now it’s time to ELEVATE our business to the next level!

Contact us today if you would like our team to stage your home! 

832-427-2463 (cell) | 936-588-6710 (office)


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Staging For A Cause

Hey there, Happy Nesters!

The arrival of the holiday season often means spending time with family and friends, enjoying delicious meals, and exchanging gifts. It’s also a great time to give to those in need. The ability to give without expecting anything in return is an incredible feeling. This year we are excited to announce the first annual event Staging For A Cause. Our company has teamed up with three local Texas chapter/charities to be a part of this event.

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From November 24th through December 24th, when you book your home staging service with Staging The Nest, 10% of your staging package will be donated to these charities! You can choose one or have your donation split between all three!

Peace of Mind Foundation  |  ALS Association Texas Chapter  |  Camp Hope PTSD Foundation of America

Here’s a little bit about each charity:
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The Peace of Mind Foundation is to help improve the quality of life of OCD and mental health sufferers and caregivers through education, research, support, and advocacy. They believe everyone should have access to the information they need to seek the right help and support. While providing professionals and individuals with free educational videos, webinars, and conferences. On average, it takes 9 years for an OCD sufferer to get the proper diagnosis and treatment. Their efforts are to reach the masses to give a voice to the voiceless and bridge the gap between suffering and help.

 

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ALS Association Texas Chapter – To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. ALS is a devastating disease — physically, emotionally, financially and logistically. Their goal is to alleviate as much of a family’s burden as they can, with programs like clinics, that provide comprehensive care for ALS patients under one roof, support groups, that help patients and families find comfort among those who understand what they’re going through, and one-on-one consultations with care services managers to help people living with ALS and their families navigate through every aspect of the disease.

 

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PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress. Many warriors are coming home with visible wounds; countless others are coming home with scars we can’t see, wounded souls from witnessing the horrors of war over and over again – PTSD. It is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal.

We invite you to visit their websites for more information. Chances are someone you know has suffered or is currently suffering with one of these conditions: OCD, ALS and PTSD. These are dramatic things that don’t just affect the individual but it puts strain on their loved ones. By helping us bring awareness to these local organizations, for every dollar you spend with Staging The Nest, we will donate to these organizations for research, support groups, out reach programs, counseling, education and so much more. Studies show that giving back is not only good for those who receive but it does wonders for your physical and mental health. Help us make a difference! Book a package between November 24th and December 24th and let’s see how much we can raise in one month!!

To book your home staging service with Staging The Nest, contact us today!

936-588-6710 | StagingTheNest.com | 832-427-2463

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{Flash Sale}

Hey there happy nesters,

We have some exciting news for you!! In honor of our 2 year Anniversary, we are having a Flash Sale on our Essentials Vacant Home Staging Package – It’s only $1,999! That’s a $650 savings!!! We have NEVER done this before and our team cannot contain our excited for this amazing deal!

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If you would like to take advantage of this offer or for more information, contact us ASAP as it won’t last long! 832-427-2463 | Ashley@StagingTheNest.com.

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Family Home {The Woodlands, TX}

Hey there Happy Nesters,

How’s this intense summer weather treating you? Hopefully your days are filled with lots of a/c and pool time to stay cool! This summer has been a busy season for our team at Staging The Nest. One of the highlights is that we had the amazing opportunity to attend the HSRA Home Staging Success Seminar in Tampa, Florida and go to Siesta Key to participate in a Home Staging Mastermind with other business owners in our fabulous industry!  It was an awesome experience being able to learn, share & grow with some of top producing leaders!

And, we have had the pleasure of staging so many fabulous homes this summer! That includes this wonderful family home in The Woodlands, TX. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 2,982 Square Feet, and a lovely pool ready to enjoy! Lots of space for a large family and in a highly desired location!

Check out the photos of this beautiful home! To schedule a tour, contact Kayelin Wright with Heritage Texas Properties | 713-471-3689.

15 Waterbrook Place, The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Thanks for checking out our most recent blog post! If you need assistance with preparing your home for sale, Contact Us Today! Our team is ready and available to help you!

 

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Love Is In The Air!

Hey there, happy nesters!

Can you believe that it is already FEBRUARY? Maybe I am the only one, but I feel like the time goes by faster and faster every year!! Anyway, as we all know February is the month of ♥ LOVE ♥! And what better way to share some love than by sharing some great news! We just got word that two of our staged properties in The Woodlands have gone under contract very quickly! One of the homes received multiple offers, and finally sold for $6,000 over list price – ALL CASH. The other home was on the market for over 8 months with little interest. We staged the home and then in only 10 days received an offer! Home Staging Works!

Home buyers are falling in love with the homes we have staged, they are making solid offers, and are now preparing for their closings! And to really add some sweetness to this, one of the closings in on Valentine’s Day! We are so very happy for our clients, their realtors and the buyers on their new homes! Congratulations!!

On another note, we are preparing for another great staging project in The Woodlands, Texas. We will be staging the entire home creating a true model home experience for buyers to fall in love with! Stay tuned for photos on that project!

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Photo Credit: BK Designs Real Estate Photography

If you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, give us a call or contact us today for a quick staging quote! We have staging options for all homes whether your home is vacant or occupied!

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832-427-2463  |  Ashley@StagingTheNest.com

Thank you to our Wonderful Clients!

Hey there, Happy Nesters!

I am so excited to share with you all that we received an awesome award today from Houzz.com. We were awarded the Best of Houzz 2018 for customer service! Check out the press release below, and a few of our favorite living rooms we got to stage in 2017!

Photo Credit: BK Designs Real Estate Photography

STAGING THE NEST of THE WOODLANDS, TX 

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, 

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

THE WOODLANDS, TX, USA, January 18, 2018 – STAGING THE NEST of The Woodlands, TX has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The home staging and design company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Our team is so honored and blessed to have been selected for this award! A huge thank you to all of our clients past and present who have trusted and continue to trust our company to stage their homes. Without you, we could not do what we truly love! Let’s make 2018 even more impressive together!”

– Ashley Fuentes, Owner & Principal home stager at Staging The Nest

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”   Follow Staging The Nest on Houzz.com.

About Staging The Nest

Staging the Nest is a Home Staging and Design company serving Houston, The Woodlands, and the surrounding areas. Our Professional Home Stager is Certified through the Home Staging Resource {HSR}, the industry’s leading certification and designation program. The HSR Certification program is accredited by the Real Estate Staging Association {RESA}, who is the only third-party, governing association for the home staging industry. The Home Staging Resource is the first and one of the only accredited staging training courses available for the staging industry. Additionally, we are members of Home Staging & ReDesign Association {HSRA} which brings a new level of continued training and mentorship to our team for constant growth. We have also won numerous awards and recognition from Staging Studio, Expertise, HSRA, and been featured in VoyageHouston Magazine.

We offer a range of Home Staging and Design services to help you prepare your home for sale. From Consultations to Full Service Home Staging Solutions, we have the right option that will work for your home!

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

{New Year, New Beginnings}

Hey there happy nesters!

Can it really be 2018 already? It’s hard to believe Christmas was just a couple weeks ago. We had so many amazing opportunities, achievements, and changes in 2017. As we move into 2018, we want to take some time to note just a few!

In our first full year of business as Staging The Nest, we were so blessed to have staged 26 vacant homes, additionally we staged and prepped many occupied homes, and completed countless Walk & Talk Consultations as a part of our Realtor Partnerships.  We met so many amazing people from homeowners, agents and brokers, new and experienced real estate investors, and more! We also had the opportunity to stage a beautiful luxury home in Houston that went under contract in under 24 hours, as well as several other homes that sold in under a week! Home Staging Works, I’ll tell ya’!

Photo Credit: BK Design Real Estate Photography

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One of my personal & professional accomplishments in 2017 was that we renovated and flipped a gorgeous house in the Northwest Houston area. It had been a goal of ours and we tackled it like true pros! This home was a FULL GUT job! It took two months longer than we had hoped {and lots more money} but it turned out GREAT!! We plan to purchase at least one more investment property in 2018 to renovate and flip, but who knows, maybe we will do more! Check out our flip!

Photo Credit: BK Design Real Estate Photography

On a personal note, we had many ups and downs throughout 2017. One in particular is with our daughter Zoe. Although I don’t really share a lot of personal stuff {or maybe I do – I guess it depends on who you ask}, I felt like this one was worth noting! Zoe is tenacious, loving, intelligent, feisty, creative, crafty, and not to mention absolutely beautiful… I know I am a little biased! In July 2017 she was diagnosed with high functioning Autism. This year has brought so much learning and growth in my personal life in order to help her through this diagnosis. Although I won’t got into all the details, I will say that it has been a learning curve! We had to adjust, learn more patience and understanding, slow down in order to keep a tighter schedule for her, and so much more. I still have lots of days where I feel like I have failed and I want to pull all my hair out, but those are fewer and farther apart now! In just a few short months, through Applied Behavioral Analysis {ABA} Therapy, Zoe has made great strides! I wanted to mention this because we believe that without faith and family we have nothing! My daughter is my “WHY!”

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Now back to staging homes! We also staged a model home for a large home builder. The goal of the project was for them to have a space that would allow them to get video content and photos for their marketing. We were not only able to provide them that, but in only one month’s time they were also able to sell 3 additional homes because of the staging. When we de-staged the project, the sales team were insisting on leaving the staging in place!

Photo Credit: BK Design Real Estate Photography

In 2017 our “One Woman & One Man Show” grew into a small team! We on-boarded two part-time assistants {Kate & Angela} to help with warehouse prep, staging and de-staging, and more! For 2018, Angela has transitioned into assisting with Marketing, Social Media, as well as beginning with prepping for our staging projects solo! That is huge! Kate is a college student at OSU and works with us during the summer and winter months while she is not in school, which also happens to be our busy months!

Last year our company was featured in VoyageHouston and won several awards for our staging, customer service, as well as our commitment to our continuing education in the home staging industry. Although we had many more accomplishments, we also had what we like to call our “lessons learned.” We look at each issue or challenge as a way to grow and learn! We attended “lunch and learns” with other local stagers and real estate agents, and we refocused our social media content after attending an 2017 HSRA Home Staging Summit in Dallas. After each project, we have a staff meeting and reflect on our personal “lessons learned.” For example, if we forgot to bring something {no matter how small} to a project, it caused a loss in time and sometimes money as we would have to make a quick last minute purchase. If that happens we always say, “Well that’s a lesson learned!”

Last year Texas had one the most tragic storms hit our area. Hurricane Harvey came with winds up to 130mph and rains that released millions of gallons of water. Hurricane Harvey was one of the largest and most devastating storms that has ever hit Texas. As a company, we were blessed not to have lost anything although many of our friends and colleagues did. However, because of the devastation in the area it made for a interesting end of the year in Real Estate. As the community began the rebuild, so did our focus on our business with new beginnings – new beginnings of personal and professional growth, staging training and continuing education, business processes, inventory, warehouse, and more much more!

There is something special about having a clean slate or what others would call a reset button. We have a whole new year waiting for us full of hope and possibilities. For all those that we have had the privilege of working with and all those that have supported our small company last year, we Thank You! Because without you, we couldn’t be doing what we love!

We would love to work with you in 2018! If you need to have your home or your client’s home staged, contact us today! As we always say – Don’t Delay, Stage Today!

832-427-2463 | Ashley@StagingTheNest.com

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Staging The Woodlands Townhouse

Hey there happy nesters!

We wanted to share with you this adorable townhouse in The Woodlands that we staged just a couple weeks ago. It is situated off N. Millbend close to Grogan’s Mill. This townhouse features a front and rear deck, beautiful updated kitchen, large living room, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and a large dining area. It is listed at $264,500. Check out the photos of this gem!

Photo credit: BK Designs Real Estate Photography

Thanks for viewing our work at this lovely home! Check out the listing on HAR for more information or to schedule your showing!

Set your home apart from the rest – Have it professionally staged by the best! Give us a call today! 832-427-2463 | Ashley@StagingTheNest.com

 

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Coming Soon To The Woodlands Area

Hey there Happy Nesters,

Hope everyone is enjoying this nice Fall Weather! Okay, I know it is Houston and we don’t really have true Fall weather, but a girl can hope can’t she?!

This week we staged a super cute single story home in The Woodlands / Conroe area close to The Woodlands College Park High School. Based on the layout of this home, we staged the Formal Dining, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Bathrooms and Kitchen to highlight all of the beautiful features this home has to offer buyers.

This home offers 1,834 Square Feet, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large family room, separate formal dining and breakfast nook, and a large master retreat. The backyard is a great size for entertaining and playtime with your kids! Check out the photos below. If you are interested in scheduling a tour, click on the link below for the home. This one won’t last long!

23 N. Merryweather Circle, Conroe, TX 77384

 

We would love to stage your home too! Contact us today for a quick staging quote!

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Staging Investment Properties

Hey there Happy Nesters,

How is everyone on this gorgeous day? The weather here in the Houston area has been hot but it is so beautiful out! It has been a super busy week for us at Staging The Nest. We started our week out de-staging a home that sold very quickly and for top dollar out in the Magnolia area. Then we worked in our warehouse creating staging plans for the Vacant Staging projects that we had later in the week. We pulled artwork, throw pillows, accessories and all the furniture each home needed in order to give it that beautiful staged look. We also did a little shopping for inventory items as well as some specialty items needed for each of the homes.

This week, we worked with multiple Real Estate Investors on their Renovation & Flip properties. Real Estate is always changing, some months are more of a Seller’s Market, some month’s are more of a Buyer’s Market. Real Estate is also a Feast or Famine type of industry. With Real Estate Investors, they are always looking for the next best deal to invest in, whether that will be for a flip property or a buy-hold property that they plan to lease over time.

We have connected with multiple Real Estate Investors to stage their properties once the renovations are completed. The Investors factor our staging price into their rehab budget so they know their “all-in” costs when it comes to flipping a home, from start to finish. And staging is ever-more important. Staging is marketing; Staging is merchandizing; Staging is what sells homes. The visual purpose of staging a flip house is to define the areas in the property, give the property some personality, create emotional connection points for buyers, and showcase the beautiful features of the property. By doing all of this, we turn the property into a home that buyers connect to. The goal of staging is to get buyers to fall in love with the property so they make an offer, and the home sells! We help our Real Estate Investors sell their properties quickly and for top dollar, because we want them to get the best Return on their Investment!

Check out one of our Vacant Staging projects that we completed this week for a Real Estate Investor in The Woodlands area.

If you are planning to invest in Real Estate, whether to renovate and flip a home, or to simply lease it out, contact us first to stage your property. You should get your staging proposal upfront so that you can factor the cost of staging into your investment and renovation budget. Unplanned expenses come up when renovating a home, but staging shouldn’t be one of them. As we like to say… Don’t Delay, Stage Today! Staging before listing the home for sale sets you up for success!

www.StagingTheNest.com | 832-427-2463

Until next time…

xoxo

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Photo Credit: BK Designs Real Estate Photography