I chose a home staging career when I was in my mid 40s so that I could finally turn my passions for decorating and real estate into a business.
Years later, when I started the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach other creative people how to have a home staging career, I never dreamed that it would one day spread to over 23 countries!
Home stagers come from all kinds of past careers like sales, financial services, nursing, insurance, government, education, film, interior design, fashion, administration, and more.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Staging Diva Graduate Claudia Manighetti who lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
Over the years she became bored with her work as a permanent-makeup-artist and turned her creativity to a new home staging career following my business model.
Claudia’s company is called HOME STAGING B. & C. Manighetti and she writes:
After working more than 20 years as an independent permanent-makeup-artist, I got a little tired of doing the same thing every day. So I searched for a new challenge where I could put everything I learned in my life to work.
I was always very interested in sales and marketing and I love decorating.
When I learned that there is something called Home Staging, I was delighted and knew straightaway that this would be the right industry to start a new business from scratch.
Even though there are a lot of Realtors in Switzerland, 70% of houses and apartments are sold privately. And they look as neglected as anywhere else, because nobody thinks about the value of the first impression that a home makes to a potential buyer.
At the moment hardly anybody knows about home staging. So there is a lot of work out there and with the help of the Staging Diva Program I now have a detailed plan of what to do to become a successful home stager.
Instead of improving the appearance of people, I’m now improving the appearance of their home. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it’s satisfying – but it also needs pigheaded discipline and determination.
First I bought the Staging Diva Ultimate Portfolio Guide and then the Staging Diva Ultimate Design Guide. They were both so comprehensive and helpful that I decided to invest in the complete Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.
With the help of this program I got a clear view of how I want my personal business strategy to be and how I will go on with my marketing. The Staging Diva Dialog group coaching calls keep me motivated and I can ask all the questions which arise as I grow my business.
I’m really excited to watch how Claudia’s business will grow and looking forward to featuring one of her home staging projects. I’d love to see what Swiss decor looks like, wouldn’t you?
When you’re building a home staging career in an area where the concept is little known, as Claudia is, there is a ton of opportunity to become THE local expert home stager as you educate everyone about how and why home staging works. I talk a lot about this in Course 4 of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.
If you’re wondering if a home staging career will work where you live, I hope you’ll grab a copy of my new FREE report, “Ask Staging Diva: Will Home Staging Work in My Area?”
Isn’t that fascinating that 70% of homes in Zurich are sold privately even though they have real estate agents? Frankly, I think this will be growing trend in North America given how technology as changed the whole dynamic of how people buy real estate.
Remember when most people used a travel agent to book a trip back in the day?
That’s because travel agents had all the information on interesting destinations, where to stay, what to do when you got there. Not to mention booking your flight (from which they used to earn a commission).
Consider how similar that is to buying real estate before the Internet. Back then, the only way to find out about homes for sale, or see what they looked like inside, was to hire a real estate agent. I still remember the days of an agent having me flip through a binder of printed real estate listings, do you?
Today, 90% of home buyers look at photos online before deciding if they want to visit a property on the real estate market. That’s one of the many reasons home staging is so critical and will continue to grow in popularity in the years ahead!
Isn’t it nice to have a home staging career in a growing industry, rather than a shrinking one?
Please join me in congratulating Claudia Manighetti on her new home staging career! If you’re a Staging Diva Grad and you’d like to be featured in the Home Staging Business Report, please complete the easy-peasy submission form here.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
A home stager since 2002, Debra Gould created the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program in 2005 to help others make a living from their creativity. Debra is the author of 5 guides including the Staging Diva Ultimate Design Guide: Home Staging Tips, Tricks and Floor Plans.