{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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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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Organizing & Decluttering

Hey happy nesters! Let’s talk about something that is really important. Maybe even something that could change your life! 😉

Are you someone who constantly feels like you need to “organize” or “declutter” your home? Don’t worry… I think we have all been there, especially those of us who have kids. I know there are days that I feel like toys and stuffed animals have taken over my life! But even more, laundry, the pantry, the fridge… OK, OK… You get the idea!

So to help make our lives a little easier, I have made a list of quick tips on how to quickly organize and declutter your home, and how to keep it organized!

  1. SIMPLIFY: The rule thumb is if you haven’t used whatever “it” is in 6 months or more, you should probably box it up and/or just get rid of it. This could be clothes, toys, paperwork, etc. The more you get rid of, the easier packing will be when it’s time to move. And if you are not moving, this will just help you get and feel more organized!
  2. BASKETS, BOXES, LABELING – OH MY!: The easiest way to organize a closet, pantry, laundry room, medicine cabinet, or even the kids play room is to simply purchase some cute similar style & sized baskets or decorative boxes – large enough to place your items in. Place your spices, laundry soaps, toys, books, etc. in these boxes and apply cute labels. The look of the baskets or boxes will make the space look uniform, hence naturally more organized. And the labels will help you remember what goes in each basket or box after using your items. This also will help teach the kids how to clean up after a day of playing. When selling your house, having a few extra baskets or bins available is essential. With these baskets, you can tuck away bathroom toiletries or your daily-use kitchen countertop items, paperwork, etc. in 15 minutes or less, and it will make getting ready for a showing or open house a breeze!
  3. PACK UP VALUABLES: If you are selling your house, I always recommend to pack up your valuables prior to listing your home for sale. This could be your wedding china, collectibles, guns, jewelry, etc. You don’t ever want to have those items out during a showing or open house. Not only do those items make your home feel cluttered, but they are simply a distraction to buyers.
  4. DECLUTTER YOUR CLOSETS!: There are 3 main closets that buyers look in. Yes they will look in every closet, but their judgmental eyes are generally on 3 specific areas: Entry/Hall Closet, Master Closet, and the Pantry. So my rule of thumb is this: If you don’t want someone to see what you have in those closets, declutter and organize them according to my above suggestions. With clothing, I recommend clearing out all items that are out of season, and to keep 30-45 days worth of clothing accessible. The goal is to sell your home quickly so there is no need to keep all of your belongings in the closet. Also, make sure that loose items are off the floor – this could be blankets, towels, shoes, whatever. Make good use of the built-in shelves to display those items, and use clear tubs or buckets to store those items in if you have a lot. The more organized you look to a buyers, the more the buyer feels as though you kept the home maintained. Our goal is to get the buyer to focus on what is staying in the home when they purchase, not your personal stuff that you are taking with you.

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  5. DECLUTTER (AND CLEAN) THE BATHROOM: Having clean looking and smelling bathrooms is essential to selling your home. Put away your toothbrush and toothpaste, perfumes and deodorants, and your hair products! Leave out fresh clean towels, a plant, hand soap, and a candle. Make your bathroom feel spa-like!

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  6. KITCHENS SELL – LET’S MAKE YOURS LOOK AMAZING: Maximize counter space by removing all of the unnecessary items such as a toaster, knives, etc. Yes I know, you need those items to live, but you don’t and shouldn’t leave those items out during a showing or open house. What should be on the counter is a coffee station, a cookbook, a matching canister set, fresh fruit, and maybe even a floral arrangement. These items will showcase your kitchen in the best light!

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    Photo Credit: Studio 154 Photography | Staging The Nest

If you need more help with organizing, decluttering, and staging your home for sale, give me a call! I can help you get your home ready!

832-427-2463 | Ashley@StagingTheNest.com

Check out my website for more information! www.StagingTheNest.com

Interior Design Consultations

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Staging the Nest is not only a home staging company. We also offer Interior Design options for homeowners in the Houston and The Woodlands areas who just want to fall in love with their home again. Whether you have some outdated lighting fixtures and need some help on what’s hot and not, or need a whole home update, we can help! We don’t make you purchase anything through us; we simply give you advice on how to achieve your desired goals. We listen to your ideas and work with you to create a beautiful look in your home! And, if you want us to shop with or for you, we can – the choice is yours! We make designing and updating your style super easy!

Give me a call and we can chat about all your design options! 832-427-2463  |  Ashley@StagingTheNest.com