Have you ever gone to an open house or viewed a house for sale online and wondered how it looks so perfect? Or have you looked at pictures of properties for sale and thought you could do a better job? If you answered yes to either of those questions, a career in home staging might be a good fit for you.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, mortgage rates have been at a low and more people are looking to move to suburbs, so the housing market is expected to continue seeing an increase. This means there’s a need for home stagers to make sure properties look their best.
What Is Home Staging?
Home staging involves preparing a house to be sold on the real estate market. Something that’s aesthetically pleasing is more likely to sell than something that looks like a mess, so it’s in the best interest of the sellers and real estate agent to ensure a property looks inviting.
It also makes it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves in a space. To do this, home stagers not only make sure a home is cleaned, but they also rearrange furniture and sometimes redecorate. For instance, not everyone loves the mauve carpets that were so popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Home stagers often redecorate with neutral colors so it’s not only easier for buyers to imagine their own furnishings in a space, but also so they’re not intimidated or put off at the idea of having to install new flooring due to dated styles.
Why Is Home Staging Important?
A home is one of the biggest investments most people will make, so it’s important they’re sure they’re making the best decision they can if buying or getting a good return on investment if they’re the seller. Though we don’t often consider the work that goes into making a house look picture perfect for selling, this can be one of the key details that helps home buyers make their decision. A home that looks move-in ready is often more appealing than a home that needs a lot of updates and cosmetic repairs. It also looks better in listing photos and social media, making it easier to market and, therefore, easier to sell.
How to Learn Home Staging
Having an eye for detail and style is a good place to start, but it may not be enough for a career in home staging. It’s important for home stagers to understand design elements like color, light, and architectural details. With NYIAD’s Home Staging Certification course, you’ll be on the path towards gaining the basic interior design skills needed to effectively stage homes for sale. You’ll also receive business training in pricing, contracts, and project management to help you start your own home staging business. Upon successful completion, you’ll be able to apply for Certified Home Staging Professional (CHSP) designation from the Designer Society of America.
If you’re ready to sharpen your design skills but are worried about time or money, NYIAD offers affordable tuition with payment plans in addition to flexible, self-paced online courses. There are no due dates or class times, so you can build your schedule around what works for you, without ever having to leave your home. If you’re ready to get creative, enroll online or call 1-800-583-1742 to speak with a student services representative to learn more.