{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

Photo Credit: BK Design Real Estate Photography

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!”

Photo Credit: Studio154 Photography

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 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

Farmhouse Home Staging

Hey there happy nesters,

As we all know, the farmhouse style is the latest craze with home design and decor, with a big thanks to Chip and Joanna in Waco. And who doesn’t love that soft look of reclaimed wood, painted furniture, and farmhouse style accent decor?  Well, this home did not disappoint. This is a true original farmhouse, nestled on five and a half acres in the little town of Magnolia, Texas.

The property features private gate access, a fully air conditioned Dog Kennel with 10 dog runs outside, a stocked pond, a barn and a vegetable garden and that’s just whats outside. On the interior of the home, you will find original wood paneling that is painted white for that farmhouse shiplap look; a wood burning brick fireplace with custom mantle; a large updated open kitchen; a huge walk-in pantry with room for your fridge and a back porch entrance; new hardwood flooring; custom master bathroom that is to die for; additional guest bedrooms with plenty of space for your family and friends; and a bonus room that could be used as a secondary living room, a study, or a game room – you decide!

If you are looking for a home with all the charm of farmhouse living, look no further. Take a look at these photos for your viewing pleasure! And if you are interested in scheduling a showing for this home, feel free to reach out to us and we will put you in contact with the listing agent. Ashley@StagingTheNest.com

Thanks for checking out our newest staging project. We can’t wait to share our upcoming projects as well. Stay tuned…

And in the meantime, if you need to stage your home send us an email or give me a call. I’d love to chat with you about staging your nest! 832-427-2463

xoxo

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Photo Credit: BK Designs Real Estate Photography

Staging The Nest – Twin Oak

Hey there, Happy Nesters! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, and everyone is focusing on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, I wanted to share a real estate listing with you all that we recently staged.

Nestled in the Chateau Woods community just outside of The Woodlands, Texas is this quaint 1,472 square ft home. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living room, and a large lot perfect for family gatherings, children to run and play, and plenty of space for pets to stretch their legs! Check out the listing on HAR.com.

10312 Twin Oak Dr. Conroe, Texas 77385

Check out the before and after photos!

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After photos

Photo Credit: BK Designs Real Estate Photography

If you need to schedule your home staging consultation, give me a call! I would love to help you get your home ready to sell!

www.StagingTheNest.com | 832-427-2463 | Ashley@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