Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of the certification class?
Click on this link to the Request Information page. You will be sent a detailed outline of the manual and all pricing.
Why is this certification class different or better than other classes?
This is the only class taught by an ASID member. The American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest and most respected interior design association in the world. It takes many years of experience and training to become a member.
Many other classes focus on decluttering and neutralizing. This is important but does not go far enough.
We also teach 4 key interior design principles that equip you to beautifully transform any home, in any
style, in any condition.
Some classes teach mainly marketing and business strategies in an online format. I believe that the hands-on training that we offer is indispensable to be effective in this competitive field.
Do I need to have any previous decorating experience to succeed in this field?
No. Previous experience is not necessary. The students have come from all walks of life. This class will give you everything you need to succeed in this rapidly growing arena.
Can I make a living in this business?
Yes. Of course you can. But just like any home-based business, what you invest in time and effort will come back to you. If you work just 10 hours a week at $75. per hour, you can make $3,000 a month.
Aren't there already a lot of stagers out there?
I believe this industry has only just begun. The slow-down in the housing market has been great for the staging business. I believe that in the near future, all homes everywhere will routinely be staged. There are 8,000. agents in our 4 county area. All of them will need stagers as this industry grows.
What is included in the class?
The class includes:
- A continental breakfast and lunch each day.Hands-on redesign/stagings in two different homes for the 5-day class; one for the 3 day class.Approval to use the STIR logo. (see www.stir-us.com )Ongoing support.Certification in interior redesign and real estate staging for the 5-day class.Certification in real estate staging for the 3-day class.A compressive instruction manual.A professionally produced DVD of an actual staging/redesign to use in your presentations to clients or real estate offices.
- A business tote w/ supplies, design templates and paint color kit. Manual and supplies, etc. valued at $500.
Do you teach how to market your business?
We have an extensive marketing segment. We have recently added website and internet marketing to our training.
Do you teach about business licenses, insurance and incorporation?
We go into all aspects of starting a business including these important areas.
Do you supply forms for reports and contracts?
The manual contains a large section with a sample staging report, inventory tracking sheet, sample letters to homeowners and agents. We also include some time management forms and appointment calendars.
Will I be taught how to get designer discounts and contractor pricing?
The class teaches how to take advantage of designer pricing and referral fees offered by vendors.
We also tell how to get into wholesale accessory markets. A resource list that took nearly 18 years
to compile will be included.
If I bring my spouse to Jacksonville will he/she be able to find things to do?
All the amenities...golf, tennis, swimming... of the Queens Harbour Club are available, as well as, shopping and museums. The Atlantic Ocean is 10 minutes away.
Will there be support after the class has ended?
You will receive updates and a monthly newsletter. Tele-seminars and online Power Point presentations round out the ongoing support.
Where can I go to get additional questions answered?
Go to the Class page and click on "Request Information" at the bottom of the box.