I am a licensed Realtor, who also does Professional Home Staging for my clients. I am also a graduate of Calif. State University Fresno, with a B.A. Degree in Art and Design. Because I am an Artist/Designer, I am able to offer my home sellers, Free Home Staging, which is an important part of my service. In today's real estate market, I feel that home staging is definitely necessary, to optimize a home's appeal to the largest pool of potential buyers. Also, staged homes sell faster, and usually maximize the final selling price. I realize that some Professional Home Stagers, always assume that a Realtor is not a qualified Professional Home Stager.
In the last few years, home staging has become a huge multi million dollar business, throughout the U.S. There are now many places offering home staging training classes, and a certification to prove the training. It has become a big money making industry, to say the least.
Well, I got curious and I contacted some of these places, asking about their training and certification. The better training classes usually last for a few weeks and I was told the certification was to prove to the public, you have some official art and design training in your background.
I was also informed by some of these companies, there are many successful Professional Home Stagers, with Natural Artistic Talent and no official art and design training classes in their background. When I learned this, it reminded me to never assume anything, but try to know the facts.