Home staging does not have to be a very physically demanding career. Yes you need to be mobile enough to go up and down stairs, hang a picture, move small accessories and accent furniture (for example a light end table).
With a home staging career, you don’t need to lift heavy objects, or paint, or clean your clients’ homes. In fact, if you’re doing those things, stop right now!
Your time and expertise as a home stager are too valuable for physical labor that is best left to others, who specialize in those things and aren’t charging the high fees you are.
It makes me crazy to see some home staging training companies selling cleaning supplies! As if a home stager is a glorified cleaning lady. Believe me, if I were cleaning my client’s homes I’d sure get an ear-full from my mother. I can hear her now…. “my daughter the MBA cleaning someone’s toilet!”
Not that there’s anything wrong with being a cleaning lady if that’s your chosen work. But if you’re a professional home stager, your clients should be hiring you for your expertise in decorating a house to sell quickly and for top dollar; they should not be expecting you to polish their floors!
Which gets us back to the age question.
Staging Diva Graduates range in age from their late 20s to mid 60s. They come from all kinds of previous careers. Some are retired and some have sent their kids off to school and decided it’s time for them to do something they feel passionate about.
Don’t let a fear that you’re too old stop you from pursuing a home staging career. As long as you have an innate talent for how things should be arranged in a room and you are interested in, and understand real estate, you can make home staging a very lucrative and creatively satisfying business.
Considering our life expectancy is now into the 80s, you’re never too old to try something new, if you start now!
Home Staging expert Debra Gould also known as The Staging Diva is president of Six Elements, a leading home staging company that provides free information to raise the standards in the industry and build awareness amongst homeowners and their real estate agents about the benefits of decorating a house to sell. Debra developed The Staging Diva Home Staging Training Program to create opportunities for others to make money in a home staging business.