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Susan Sulliv…, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA

Looking to find training for professional home staging in Boston area. Any suggestions for local programs?

Asked by Susan Sullivan, Arlington, MA Wed Jul 6, 2011

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ASP is a fine program - it won't turn a novice into a professional, but it does give a decent interior decorator the tools to become a good home stager, and the real estate professional the tools to tell the difference!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 6, 2011
Hello Susan,
I'm an accredited staging professional with Stagedhomes.com . They travel around the country offering their staging courses as well as on-line classes
. I don't know how much you can truly learn about staging on-line as I feel that you really need a "hands on" approach to learning staging.
Here's the link to their website:

http://www.stagedhomes.com/index.php

Hope this helps.
Good luck!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 6, 2011
It's an unlicenced field so study & experience with home decorating, design etc. are helpful. The bigger question would be why would you seek out this education rather than just hire a home stager with the experience? I interviewed Julie Chrissis on my internet radio show & she talked extensively on the subject.

You can download the show & listen as a podcast. http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/MedfordHouse

Hope that helps,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
Oh, this is for YOU? Susan, what are you looking to accomplish?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 7, 2011
Thank you everyone for all the suggestions. I will research them each a little further and see what works best for me. Lots of helpful information!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 7, 2011
Contact Stagedhomes.com .They just held a course in Waltham but have their locations listed where they will be next. My class had people come from NY and NJ,RI and Pa.Staged Homes was started by Barb Schwarz and is the recognized leader in the industry. There is a 2 day class for real state agents and a 3 day class to be a paid stager.
Find a colleague and go overnight if there is a class in White Plains NY or Connecticut.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 7, 2011
ASP. Look at the price. You get what you pay for.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 6, 2011
I'm an ASP, too, but I have to tell you that there's more to staging than you can learn in even a semester-length course.

The field of interior decorating should be held in higher esteem; skilled decorators have a mastery of color, textiles, textures, history of furnishing styles, and more.

Good stagers are skilled interior decorators. That doesn't mean that you can't be of some use after taking a two- or three-day class; a little knowledge, while dangerous, is often preferable to no knowledge!

But if you really want to advise someone to be a professional home stager, I think you need to prepare them for a significant investment for inventory and the investment in their education in order to be able to do work commensurate with their pricing.

All the best,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 6, 2011
Have you tried NAR? check the site
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 6, 2011
Join the NAR, you'll have access to a whole lot of resources and training.
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