I have been involved with home staging since 2004 and since then I have seen a TON of home staging courses pop up. The fact is that home staging training has become a very lucrative business and anyone who has staged a few houses now apparently things they should put up a website and sell a program. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but there are so many programs now and it’s hard to know what’s what.
Here are a few things to consider:
1. Just because something is more expensive doesn’t mean it is better. Think about how much money you would really be comfortable spending and bear in mind that home staging is not rocket science.
2. There is no official industry-wide “accreditation” or “certification” in home staging. There are certain schools that heavily suggest that you need their backing in order to succeed; however, that is simply not the case. They are positioning themselves in the marketplace and making a lot of money selling training.
3. Think about what kind of learner you are so that you know whether in-person training or self-paced online home staging training would suit you better. Me, I hate being stuck in a group setting where I have to work at the pace of others and listen to inane questions being asked. I just want the material and some time on my own to absorb it. Plus, I really don’t want to travel and spend a bunch of money and a few days in a hotel conference room learning about something that is really not all that complicated. But that’s just me…
4. Are there ongoing/additional fees? Some programs are geared toward having you join their organizations/maintain memberships which really just means that you’re committing to paying dues year after year. Also, if you want to get your home staging certification, make sure you know whether certification is included in the price of the program you are signing up for.
A great home staging training option for you to consider is Home Staging Institute. They’ve been online since 2006, which makes them one of the oldest home staging schools around. They have an affordable program that is designed to give you the essentials you need to get up and running. (They’re not going to bog you down with tons of bonus material about such fascinating topics as “Ten Types of Forks” like certain overpriced programs… just sayin’.)
The idea behind Home Staging Institute’s program is to provide home staging training and certification without straining the budget. It was founded with the goal of helping people follow their passion and get going in the home staging business. The offer step-by-step instructions for staging rooms as well as all of the business info you’ll need to get off to a great start.
It’s an email based course with no bells and whistles but a lot of good solid advice. It might be a way to jump in and get your feet wet and then see if you feel like you need further training. My thought it this: you can easily get stuck in learning mode because it is safe. It takes guts to go ahead and start doing it, but that’s the only way to get anywhere. You have to accept the fact that there may be challenges that weren’t covered in any training program and you’ll have to trust that you’ll overcome those challenges as they arise.
Home Staging Institute’s program is self paced and can be completed in as little as a few weeks. There is a great deal of personal attention and a completely supportive, positive vibe from the staff. It’s all about helping you achieve your goals.
The fact that they offer certification upon completion of the program (no extra fee) is a nice bonus, although certification is certainly not required in the home staging business.
>>>Home Staging Institute Online Course Currently $249
Home staging is one of the best businesses for you to start if you are creative, have a flair for decorating, and want to earn good money. Becoming a home stager is relatively easy because it doesn’t require extensive training. You can complete a home staging course online and be in business in a matter of months, maybe even weeks.
Home stagers can earn $75/hour and up for hands-on staging or consulting, and you will have the ability to work when you want to. Home staging is in many ways a creative person’s dream job.
There are several excellent home staging courses online for you to choose from, and I’m going to give you a list of options over a series of posts in the next few days. We’ll start with the Staging Diva program in this post.
But first, when considering different courses, I would recommend going with your gut… Which home staging trainer really resonates with you? Who do you trust? There really are no industry-wide standards in the business so it comes down to selecting the program that will really help you start your business and build up your confidence as a new home stager.
One of my favorite programs is Debra Gould’s Staging Diva training. Debra is a marketing genius and obviously very intelligent and creative. Her training program is extremely thorough, and there are different home staging training packages to choose from. I’ve been watching Debra for years as her program has grown. She offers real world expertise and her enthusiasm and “can do” attitude is contagious.
The Staging Diva program is offered in a 5-course package or individually.
>>>You can see her course listings here.
You can try out her free home staging business course. It will give you a sense of whether you like her style and think the program would be a good fit for you. I highly recommend it.
>>>Here is the link to the free course.