With all the mixed news about the economy and the shocking drop in value of investments during the last recession, baby boomers are concerned about their retirement. Many are turning to a home staging career.
As you approach your 60s, you may feel ready to retire, but not ready to stop working all together. If you’ve already retired maybe your savings and pension aren’t quite enough to live on comfortably. You may be toying with the idea of starting a business for a stream of revenue that will allow you the flexibility to work around vacations and visits with family.
Home staging is a fabulous field for anyone wanting to profit from their decorating talents to earn a good living. Home staging, real estate enhancement, or house fluffing as it’s sometimes called, is the art of decorating a home to sell quickly and for top dollar.
Home Staging Career Offers Flexibility and Freedom
If you have an innate talent for arranging a room to make it universally appealing then you have what it takes to become a home stager, no matter how old you are!
With a home stager career, you don’t have to do any heavy lifting, cleaning or painting. Others can be brought into the staging project to provide those services. A home stager is more like a creative director, providing the vision for how a house can be transformed without having to actually do the physical work themselves.
And most importantly, whatever you invest in training can easily be recovered with your first home staging project.
I get emails and phone calls from people in their 50s, 60s and 70s wondering if home staging would be right for them or if they would be passed over for younger stagers. I don’t believe this is a legitimate fear because as long as a person has the talent to decorate a house to sell, a homeowner doesn’t care how old the person is. In fact, age can sometimes be an asset because an older person usually has the first-hand experience of buying, decorating and selling their own homes over the years.
That experience is a real plus to clients who hire stagers to help them sell their house more quickly and at a higher price than they would have without staging. In today’s competitive real estate market, home sellers need that skill and experience even more.
Licensed real estate appraiser, and Chicago home stager Ranee D. Strawn of Distinctive Design took the Staging Diva Training Program and made home staging her fourth career! She now experiences the kind of joy that comes with fully using one’s creative talents.
My eldest Graduate is 76 year old Jean Smith of Staging For Sellers, who resides in a retirement community in Florida. She had two clients within weeks of completing her training.
Jean is such an inspiration to us all! At an age where most people are bemoaning the fact that they won’t get a chance to do all those things they wanted to in their youth, she dared to follow her dream.
It’s never too late to start living a more creatively satisfying life. With the economy being so shaky, it’s even more reason to take control of your own destiny and protect your future.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
Home Staging expert Debra Gould is the author of Ask Staging Diva: Should I Start a Home Staging Business in This Economy? and is frequently profiled in the media in both the US and Canada. She developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own profitable home staging, real estate enhancement businesses.