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Why is 2021 the Year to Learn Home Staging?

Written by Michelle Ecker on Tuesday, 06 April 2021. Posted in Career

Staged living room with white furniture

For many people who were impacted by setbacks and layoffs during 2020, the year 2021 has become a time to regroup, reorganize, and move forward.

If you are currently looking for ways to train for a new career and you have an interest in interior design and decorating, home staging might be a great path to follow at this time.

What is home staging?

Home staging involves getting a house ready to be shown to buyers- and then sold- on the real estate market. This involves not only cleaning the home, but often rearranging furniture and redecorating a bit.

Does home staging work?

The Consumers Guide to Real Estate Staging reported that homes that had not been staged before listing stayed on the market, unsold, for an average 143 days. Once these homes were staged, they sold in 40 days.

Home staging job opportunities

While other industries were negatively impacted throughout the pandemic, real estate has been an industry that grew at historic rates, and continues to grow as home prices set new records in the pandemic.

According to real estate research firm ATTOM Data Solutions, in 2020, home sellers in the US saw a home-price gain of $68,843 on the average sale, compared to $48,500 only two years prior. In 90% of the housing markets ATTOM tracked, seller prices increased during 2020. During a time when many industries seem more unstable and are struggling to stay afloat, it seems like real-estate related business is a place in which many professionals are making more money and seeing continued success. If you have an interest in home design and think home staging might be a good fit for you, 2021 could be a great year to start training for this new career.

Earn experience in home staging

Having an eye for decorating is a great 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 Ashworth’s Home Staging Certification course, you’ll be on the path towards gaining the basic decorating skills needed for a career in this industry.

You’ll also receive business training in pricing, contracts, and project management to help you start your own home staging business. Once you finish your Ashworth course, you’ll be able to apply for the Certified Home Staging Professional (CHSP) designation from the Designer Society of America. As an Ashworth student, your home staging course is fully certified by the DSA, meaning all our home staging students and graduates are eligible to receive their Certified Home Staging Professional (CHSP) credential.

Take a home staging course online

If you’re ready to dive in and enroll but are worried about time or money, Ashworth offers affordable tuition with payment plans in addition to flexible online courses that allow you to work at your own pace. You will be given 18 months to complete your program at your own pace, although many students finish in more like 8-12 months. The pace at which you complete is entirely up to you.

If you’re ready to get started or learn more, enroll online or call to speak with a student services representative to learn more.

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