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

{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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Profit Killing Mistakes for Houston Home Flippers

Hey there, happy nesters! Can you believe that it’s already 2017? The holidays came and went in a flash! And now we are in a new year, which means the Houston area Real Estate market has changed again!

A new year means many Houston area homes will be listed for sale very soon on www.HAR.com! That being said, this blog post is very important especially for home flippers in and around the Houston and The Woodlands areas.

There are hundreds of new home flippers every year; some that have zero prior experience in the house flipping industry and/or real estate industry. What does this mean? Well this means that these new flippers are most likely making rookie mistakes which will kill their profits when it comes time to sell the property.

So, if you are a new (or experienced) home flipper, check out these 4 most common mistakes made by New Home Flippers. And, let’s make sure that you are not making any of these mistakes.

  1. Not Putting Together a Team: You must have a team of vendors from lawyers to realtors, and wholesalers to lenders. Be prepared!
  2. Not Vetting the GC: The majority of issues new investors have during their first flip are the result of contractor issues. Thoroughly VET your contractor!
  3. Not Staging: Staged homes sell up to 2.5x quicker and for up to 17% more than non-staged homes! Give me a call and I can help you with this! 832-427-2463 | Ashley@StagingTheNest.com
  4. Holding Too Long: The longer you hold onto your property, the more costs you will incur. Price wisely, sell the property, and collect your profits!

Before you begin, make sure you have all the right people in place to help you succeed with your home flipping business! There are always surprises when you start working on a new flip, so be ready!

Four Profit Killing Mistakes

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