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Craig made a great post about picking the right place to get your education. There is more than one program out there and some are better than others and some less expensive than others.

Check out Craig's blog for all the great information he has to share and below are some of the links he provided, see his blog for more. Thanks so much Craig!

Did you take any of these courses?! If so which one(s) and did you like them? What did you like and not like about them?


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Yvonne Root
rooms b.y. root - Prescott, AZ
Home Stager - Northern Arizona
Christine, So far I haven't even used the links because I wanted to answer first. The one that looks very interesting (before visiting it) is Design Psychology. I remember from college that I didn't want to take psychology or advertising. You know, I was SOOO smart and just wanted design courses. :) I don't know how many times I've been so very glad for both or how many times I wish I would have paid more attention in advertising. Now, I'm going to go play around with the links. Thanks.
Jul 01, 2007 03:17 PM #1
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

The week-long interior redesign course offered by SCHOOL OF INTERIOR REDESIGN was FABULOUS!  Ann Anderson, the intructor (actually, she is an amazing goddess if it all) was careful to understand what each student was looking to get out of the class.  My focus was on staging, and she was sure to outline how each  thing we did for redesign might be tweaked for staging.  She also offers a two-day staging course, but I felt I got much more from the five days spent with her.  This led to certification with IRIS, and I just passed their new certification test for staging.  Woohoo!  I can heartily recommend SIR.

Jul 05, 2007 08:05 AM #2
Leslie Berdahl
1st Stage Home Design - Jacksonville, FL


This is a great list! This will help anyone who is considering training to become a stager. Unfortunately, what cannot be taught is having an "eye for design" and a feel for each property individually instead of trying to fit every house into the cookie cutter mold of the training. On my very first job, which was a vacant home staging, a Realtor came through with a client and commented that the furnishings I chose were exactly correct for the house. She further stated she recently saw work of some other stagers where the style and atmosphere of the home was not taken into consideration and they just put some furniture in. The Realtor was surprised to find out this was my first job and took my cards to put me on her list of vendors. The point being is that the intangibles have a large part in whether an individual will be a successful stager, the training is just the icing.

Leslie Berdahl

1st Stage Home Design

Aug 02, 2007 07:38 AM #3
Maggie Baumbach
Search Homes for Sale in Maryland at - Reisterstown, MD

That seems like a pretty comprehensive list, I am curious to read all the comments! I am not a stager but like to have a well presented product if possible. So sometimes we hire and sometimes we just make our suggestions, etc. depending on the receptiveness of clients. This staging stuff seems to be an art and a  science!

Jan 03, 2009 10:43 AM #5
Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

I took the training through Although I have always had a good eye for design, the course gave a lot of good information that really helps you to focus on the property from a buyer's perspective and from the viewpoints from which they will first see the rooms. They also gave decent business advice on how to set up your biz, pricing, and so on. There is also very good ongoing support on the official website area for members. The group itself was also very supportive and invaluable as a help in getting started after the classes were over. I'm glad I took the training.

There were 2 negatives for me. The first is that I was absolutely unprepared for the sheer magnitude of the financial investment I had to make in furnishings. In the training, I feel I was led to believe that I could create a business solely doing occupied homes. In our market here in Portland Oregon, it is still difficult to get clients to hire professional stagers for occupied homes. I'm not saying they don't do it, it's just that the vast majority of the calls you get are for vacant homes. Very few stagers are making it on occupied homes.  Yes, they taught us about using rental furnitiure and some stagers use that, but they still have pretty hefty inventories of accessories.

The second thing I wasn't thrilled about is the fact that they give the same training to Real Estate Brokers at a fraction of the price stagers pay (minus the one-day business info). Their theory is that those brokers will understand staging better and hire us to stage. But in reality, I'm not finding that happening. Those brokers are tending to do their own staging. I realize they have every right to compete, but I don't think they should have received the same training I did for so much less.

Jan 20, 2009 05:36 PM #6
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

I also trained with staged homes. It was a great introduction to the business and really gave me the confidence to get out there and build a career in staging. I already had a "good eye" which is good because you can't learn that in 3 days! Some of the other courses seem more comprehensive but I don't know much about them.

Jan 26, 2010 10:01 PM #7
Mona Lisa Harrison - Greenville, SC
The Help You Need To Sell Your House

I had a good background in merchandising and business and real estate, so didn't take training.

Just found out that IRIS is going out of business.

Nov 30, 2011 04:43 PM #8
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