I get asked all the time, "Do I really need training to become a Home Stager?"
My answer is, "Yes!" Proper training in Home Staging will give you an understanding of the psychology behind the concept, teach you to properly prepare homes for sale, and it will give you the credibility you need to succeed in this industry.
Home Staging is the opposite of decorating. Decorating a home is personalizing it to suit your taste, or suit the taste of the homeowner. Home Staging is de-personalizing a property in a skilled manner in preparation for selling.
A trained, professional Home Stager should know exactly how to address the needs of a specific property by either adding or subtracting furnishings, etc. to present that property as a desirable product to potential buyers. Home Staging is a marketing tool to help properties sell faster and for more money.
You can start your training in becoming a Home Stager by taking advantage of this free 60-minute webinar from StagedHomes.com. http://stagedhomes.com/public/HST-HomeOwners.php
StagedHomes.com provides the Accredited Staging Professional course compiled by Barb Schwarz, The Creator of Home Staging. The two- and three-day courses are hands-on and taught in major cities nationwide. A schedule can be found here: http://stagedhomes.com/aspcourseschmaps.php
Just because television shows make Home Staging look fun and easy in 30 minutes, that doesn't mean you should provide the public a service for a fee without professional training.