Has anyone heard of/used a home stager associated with ASP or IAHSP Stagers? Looking to move soon...

Asked by Jfarnedi, Olympic Valley, CA Wed Feb 27, 2008

IAHSP = "International Association of Home Staging Professionals"
and ASP = "Accredited Staging Professionals"

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AJ Cohen, Agent, Danville, CA
Wed Feb 27, 2008
Many of these names and titles are extra that may not truly make a wonderful stager. There is also CSS (certified staging specialist) and CRS (certified redesign specialist) to name just a few more. A good agent should have one or two stagers that they have worked with over a long period of time and trust. Whenever we list a home for sale we bring at least one if not two brochures that shows examples of work done by the stager of the homes that we have sold for our clients. It is nice because after seeing some of the info that we present on past sales we can takes the homeowners inside the homes with a few before and after shots that truly made a difference.
If I can help in any other way please let me know,
AJ Cohen of The Bleier Team
Web Reference:  http://thebleierteam.com
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Michelle Min…, Other Pro, Arcadia, CA
Sun Mar 6, 2011
There is no state or national government oversight of home staging accreditations, designations or certifications. The certifications are given by the staging training providers, not an objective 3rd party. There are many professional home stagers without "accreditation" who do an excellent job. There are many professional home stagers who are accredited by their staging training provider. Look for the home stager with the most real world experience, with lots of home staging jobs under their belt. They should also carry home staging business insurance (liability) and all their employees should be covered by a workers comp insurance policy by law in CA.

I'm including a link below to an article about how to choose the best home stager.
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Audrey Hoffm…, , Baltimore, MD
Mon Mar 17, 2008
As others have mentioned below, there are multiple designations and no true be-all-and-end-all certification for a home stager. I'm a member of Active Rain, a community for real estate professionals, and recommend checking that out to look for stagers in your area. I've read Kym Hough's blog and she's got some great portfolio pieces---and she's right in the SF bay area. Her website is http://staged-to-sell.com. All the best!
Web Reference:  http://activerain.com
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Blythe Kern, , Santa Clara County, CA
Fri Feb 29, 2008
Jenr - I am an Accredited Staging Professional and a Realtor. Most realtors who also stage offer a free consultation with the listing. Most staging can be done with existing furnishings, thus eliminating furniture rental costs. However, an empty home leaves much to the imagination and I found that the majority of buyers need the "visuals". Removing clutter, sprucing up the outside (first impressions) and packing away the "personal items" are on the top of the priority list. I wish you luck in your endeavors.
Web Reference:  http://www.blythelkern.org
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Vickie Nagy, , Danville, CA
Wed Feb 27, 2008
Hello Jenr,

I am a local Realtor(r) who is also an Accredited Staging Professional. I provide a free staging consultation and action plan report to all my listed sellers. My focus is primarily on getting my listings S-O-L-D. The consultation and action plan are created to determine what can be done to showcase the home and existing furnishings in the best circumstances. The primary focus is to de-personalize, de-clutter, remove excess furnishings and re-arrange belongings to draw attention to the home's best attributes. In some situations it's necessary to bring in hired furniture, but I do try to avoid that if possible. If you're interested in knowing more about my services, please contact me at VNagy@EmpireRA.com or call (925) 407-7987. Hope to hear from you soon.

Vickie Nagy
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Kenneth Lee, Agent, Piedmont, CA
Wed Feb 27, 2008
I would look more at the level of successful experience that the stagers have had as opposed to certain credentials on paper. Try going to some open houses in your neighborhood that have staged properties. If you like what you see, ask the agent for the stager's card. Also, if you are using a Realtor to sell your house, then he or she should be able to recommend some reputable companies that are within your price range.

Good Luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.apr.com/mburns
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Dot Chance, Agent, Burbank, CA
Wed Feb 27, 2008
I use a great stager here in the Los Angeles area. I have never asked her if she is accredited with either of these associations. I do recommend you check out a stagers previous work before using any stager.
Web Reference:  http://www.DotChance.com
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Karen Negrete…, , The Santa Clara Valley
Wed Feb 27, 2008
Hi Jenr,

As my colleagues stated, a stager with an "ASP" designation means they are an "Accredited Staging Professional. As an ASP myself, I can tell you from experience that we spend 3 very intensive days learning about staging and the ethics that go along with entering someone's home.

You can check with your Realtor to see who they use. You can also go to stagedhomes.com to locate a stager in your area. I would strongly recommend actually going to some stager's websites to see their work. Having the ASP designation is not a guarantee that they're talented and are good at what they do.

Good Luck,

Karen Negrete, ASP, IAHSP, IRIS
Transform Your Home
Web Reference:  http://www.xformyourhome.com
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Linda, , Berwyn, PA
Wed Feb 27, 2008
These designations are associated with completion of professional staging training (ASP) through stagedhomes.com. and membership in their professional organization (IAHSP). You can find local stagers in your area that are affliated with this organization on their web site http://www.stagedhomes.com. There are other organizations that provide training and professional membership as well as a designation. Viewing a stager's work and talking to past clients is probably your best bet.
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