Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Home Staging?
A: Staging is the proven process of preparing a house for sale regardless of price, location and condition to secure the most money in the shortest time. Certified Staging Professionals™ use a unique Room Ready Handbook™ and Staging Safe Colors™ to prepare a house for sale. This is completed before using lifestyle selling techniques to arrange furnishings creating a positive impact on buyers the minute they walk through the door.
Q: Is the Home Staging Course offered on line as well?
A: The CSP™ Home Staging Course is not offered online. We do not believe the online method is an effective way to learn home staging. As a training provider we have a responsibility to our students to give them
the best training possible. Although, it would be very easy and very
profitable for us to put our course online, we feel those who take our
training will have a better understanding, gain more confidence and have
better success in the home staging industry if they attend a classroom
setting with a qualified successful instructor who owns and operates their
own home staging business.
With classroom learning through the Certified Staging Professionals™ course,
participants also get an opportunity to practice what they have learned and
stage a property on the third day of class. This gives the participants
before and after photographs for their staging portfolio, of work they
actually participated in!
Q: What is the difference between Redecorating/Redesign and Staging?
A: Staging works to appeal to the most potential buyers, the Staging objective is to make the buyer feel at home! Unlike interior decorating, which concentrates on making the owner feel at home
Q: The CSP™ Course is a significant amount of money. How do I justify the cost?
A: First, think of it as an investment, in your new venture.
All businesses begin with an initial investment. The investment for the CSP™ Staging Course could be significant to some, especially if you are thinking of the instruction like something you could take at community ed. - it's not. This is a turn-key business solution - a tried and true method of conducting business in a rapidly expanding marketplace. The investment is quickly recouped once you start billing for your services. Also if you do start a business the training fee is a deductible expense.
If you want to start a Staging business with confidence and experience then the program and designation of an Canadian Staging Professional™, is for you!
In addition to having the support of others in the same industry you begin your business with solid principles and guidelines. Many students have said one of the benefits they factor in but are glad to receive - is the network - how great it is, to know others who are at the same place in life and business growth - who understand completely what you are going through.
Q: What can a participant expect to gain from the experience of taking our course?
A: Our students can expect to gain:
- Web Presence
- and More
Q: Why should I choose CSP™ vs. others offering Staging Courses?
A: The choice has to be yours; listen to your intuition- consider all your options, if you have any questions or concerns we are here to help - or we can provide you with credible references.
Decorating Solutions Inc has a team of professionals, working together to help our graduates grow their business.
Q: Once I complete my training, how long before I can actually begin staging homes on my own?
A: Everyone has different start up points; it depends on where you have come from and how ready you are to talk to people. In terms of knowledge -Immediately. Ability, confidence, contacts etc are all at your own discretion. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, tools and support to begin your Staging Business - you have to bring the rest!
We do have a service to bring you instant marketing material - you can order ahead of class and we will do our best to have them ready when you come to class. CSP™ offers general but personalized brochures and business cards providing all the information you need to promote your business TODAY! Great to use in the interim - while you are deciding on the branding and imaging you want your company to have.
Q: What kind of income can I expect to make as a CSP™?
A: This will depend on your local market. Consultation fees range from $150-500. Pairing up with real estate professionals in your area will go along way to build your business. Some stagers find they need to hire other CSP™'s to help the overload. Pricing models and income potential is discussed and taught in the program.
Q: I don't see a course near me. Will you be coming to teach the Staging Course in this area?
A: Please send an email with your inquiry to Christine, please include your State or Province or preferred location; new locations are being reviewed. If we can't help you, with your permission we will be most happy to refer you to another program nearer to you. Most people are anxious to get started so are willing to travel to take the program.
Q: Do I need to take training to become a Professional Stager?
A: Any one can say they can do the work a Professional Stager does. Only a graduate of our program can officially call themselves Canadian Staging Professional™.
You may think you do not need credentials to do the business but as the industry grows and the profession expands, those with credentials are more likely to be chosen for work assignments by the public.
People take the program for many reasons; skill sets, knowledge, process, network, visibility and the designation. All of this will give you an advantage over your competition.
Q: Why should I take CSP™'s training?
A: It's a proven system to secure business; it's more than a course it's a business and life program which provides clear direction to build a successful Staging business.
Many Interior Designers, Decorators, Professional Organizers, Entrepreneurs, Real Estate Agents/Brokers and other talented people have been trained in Staging by Christine Rae. The CSP™ Course incorporates Christine Rae's knowledge in Decorating, Staging, and Business we trust it's life changing for you!
We know successful people building amazing businesses’ throughout Canada. All it takes is commitment, courage, dedication, belief and the CSP™ program.
Q: Can I do a Staging course via correspondence?
A: There are some correspondence courses available however, we believe a practitioner needs to have hands on guidance, feedback and experience in order to interpret and apply skills successfully in the marketplace.
In addition the CSP™ program provides after training support - which is unequalled anywhere!