Certified Home Staging Courses

home staging courses

If you want to start your staging career as a certified home stager, there are several different home staging programs you can choose from. Certified home staging courses are available online or as real life sessions that are usually offered on weekends/three-day weekends.

Of course there are pros and cons to each method of instruction. Let’s go over some of the key aspects of the courses that are available so you can help determine which one will work best for you.

Certified Home Staging Courses Online & Offline

Home Staging Seminars

One type of home staging course is the seminar, which are of course offline courses. This is the oldest kind of course for new home stagers, and still one of the most expensive.

One available seminar option right now is a three-day course with class time from about 9 am to 5 pm. These seminars are often based in a hotel conference room. One particular program says it will “accredit” the student. In the world of educational credentials and such, accrediting a student is not really something you normally come across. Post-secondary schools can be accredited, and that accreditation is granted by regional organizations that specifically exist for this purpose.

These regional organizations are comprised of panel members made up of faculty from different schools, and these members make sure that educational programs (such as colleges) meet their standards.

When you evaluate programs, the home staging “accreditation” is something to take with a grain of salt. Terminology used in this business is not regulated by any industry-wide authoritative body.

A three-day/long weekend program will run about $1800 plus the cost of travel, food, and lodging.

Home staging seminar pros and cons

Pros: in person training may be ideal for your learning style, ability to ask and have questions answered in real time, making friends with other students

Cons: possible schedule conflicts since you have to choose dates well in advance, higher expense of program, inconvenience of travel, travel expenses, you will have to wait for all the other students to stop asking questions before you can more on to the next topic (which can fritter away your valuable class time).

Online Home Staging Courses

Online courses have been around since the mid-2000s. The founder of this program, Carrie Miller, was one of the pioneers on online staging training when she started Home Staging Institute in 2005. (Home Staging Institute has been sold.) Carrie’s goal has always been to provide home staging training that is convenient and affordable. You can check out our home staging courses here.

Other programs are available, with varying degrees of quality and credentials backing them up. If you’re not sure which program to go with, make sure there is a money-back guarantee so that you are protected. Do your research carefully. Try emailing or calling the school, just to see how responsive and helpful they are.

You can easily spend more than a thousand dollars on your online training, but spending more doesn’t guarantee that you’re getting the course that best suits your needs.

Online program pros and cons

Pros: courses are usually self-paced, no travel required, broad range of course prices so you can find one that suits your budget, independent study may better suit your learning style

Cons: You may learn better from an in person program, you won’t have access to a live instructor to receive instantaneous answers to questions

Recommended Home Staging Courses

See our list of home staging program reviews for a more detailed discussion of training programs. You can also see which ones we recommend.

Choosing a training program is a highly personal decision that has to do with many important factors like financial commitment, time frame, school credentials/instructor experience, and also which one just seems like the best fit. Please contact us if we can help in any way.

How to Start a Home Staging Business

How to Start a Home Staging Business

Have you been thinking about starting a home staging business? Here’s a quick overview of how to start a home staging business.

You often see home staging listed as one of the best businesses to start, and it’s been that way over a decade. There are good reasons why home staging is a perennial favorite.

First, it’s relatively easy to get into this business. You don’t need any specific degree, certification, or credential to become a home stager. You do need good training so that you can do excellent work for your clients. There are many home staging books that can teach you how to do it, and you can learn what you need to know from our affordable courses. Go to our home page and find the home staging course links to get started.

Home stagers can make very good money, and you can control how much you work and take time off when you want to. It’s fair to say that $50 per hour is attainable as a home stager, and you could even see earnings of $75 or $100 per hour as you progress.

Once you have the training and have developed your skills to the point where you can do professional-quality work, start marketing yourself as a home stager in your area.

Thanks to HGTV and other media exposure, more people know about home staging than ever before. In the past, part of your business strategy would have been to educate the market about the benefits of home staging, so that you can find people willing to pay for your service. It’s a lot easier to sell home staging now since so many people are already aware of the value you provide when you stage homes for clients.

In addition, social media gives you plenty of marketing outlets. You can use Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and more, which enable you to reach out and find a local audience, establish credibility, position yourself as an expert, and network with other professionals. You can do this for free, or you can run ad campaigns such as sponsored posts on Facebook and Instagram that won’t cost you a lost of money.

You also have a lot of good options for getting a great-looking website for not a lot of money, if you’re starting up on a budget. Platforms like WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly give you a range of options for building your own site using ready-made templates.

If you have a budget for a professionally built website, I would like to pass along this company for you to look at. I think you’ll be happy with the results. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and your home staging website will look super polished.

Your website will be one of the main ways that clients find you. Put up examples of your best work and let people get to know you a bit through your “About” or bio page.

For more information on starting a home staging business, please see our online courses.