Elsewhere on the site I have touched on my past as a successful home staging training business owner.
I think it’s fair to say that I was one of the pioneers in the industry, with my first online program going live in 2005. I owned a popular training business for more than a decade before selling to a new owner who has continued to build on the business’s success.
Home staging courses and training online has become a huge, lucrative business. And if you’re looking for the right program, it may seem overwhelming, with all of the CHP, ASP, CHS, designations and all of the schools trying to convince you that their program is the only way for you to become a successful home stager.
So here’s my honest take on the whole thing.
I’m still very much a home staging instructor at heart. I love talking about staging and helping sellers get the most money. The only difference is that now I do this through this website, which is designed as a free home staging resource for home sellers, Realtors, and anyone interested in getting into home staging as a business.
There are numerous ways that you can become a home stager and no particular course or program will make or break your career.
The most important thing is that you put the effort in. Read about staging, watch videos, think about it, practice it.
Home Staging Training
It seems like every time I do a Google search for home staging courses, there’s a brand new program out there trying to get you to pay them a substantial amount of money for training.
I’m not saying these programs are bad. I’m just saying that a lot of savvy business people have gotten into selling home staging education programs. You have a lot to look at as a potential student.
Let me cover some main points for you to consider:
- You don’t need to have a home staging certification
- The most expensive programs are not automatically the best
- Some schools are not run by people who have actually built successful home staging businesses
- You can learn home staging on your own
If you are dead set on getting a certification, look at the program offered by QC. It will give you a well-rounded education as well as provide that official stamp of approval that you’re looking for, and the price is reasonable.
What would I personally do if I were starting today and wanted a training program:
Easy. I would sign up for classes with Debra Gould’s Staging Diva program.
There isn’t anyone in the business who knows more about home staging and marketing. There are a variety of course options. Her business training program is very thorough and you can check out audio samples of the course on this page. Staging Diva courses are not cheap but I believe the value is absolutely there.
What would I personally do if I were starting today and wanted to learn on my own:
It’s totally possible to learn staging on your own. You have to make sure you find ways to practice the skills you’re learning — stage your own home, stage your aunt’s house, keep working and finding rooms to stage.
I would study some books first. I’d probably read all of the best home staging books out there, like these:
And I would brush up on general interior design tips:
I would study home staging business start-up:
And, I would read all of the material on this site and others that offer a ton of free, pro-level info that you can use to build your skills.
I hope this helps you with choosing your training.