Training and Member FAQ's
There are so many great things about
our 21-day, self paced, HSR Certification Training Program we can't
fit it all on the product and training page so we listed some of the
most frequently asked questions we get regarding our training here.
glimpse of our Day One Training Overview Module
How are you different from other Staging
Trainings out there?
There are a
ton of reasons why HSR stands out as
the best staging and redesign training company available and here
are a few to consider as you shop around:
Certification training was the first and is the only US based
Accredited Staging and Redesign training recognized by the Real
Estate Staging Association.
don't provide a directory listing OR will charge for the directory
listing, additional forms, recorded training, help or service
SEPARATELY. We want a long-term relationship with our Members and
know that setting you up for success is how we create that
relationship. We give you everything you'll need for this business
at one low flat price. We would be doing a disservice to you
will give you business forms/guides or website pages littered with
their own brand and selling their own training programs. HSR gives
you all the guides and forms in Word, so you can customize them to
your OWN look and feel. HSR creates gorgeous websites that promote
you...not us or our training! Again, we want YOU to look good.
have you attend a 3-day classroom or listen to teleconference
training and then you're done. HSR creates long-lasting
relationships and community with its members by providing ongoing
training, tools and materials through our extensive Members Training
Area. We are also available for our members at all times via email
and telephone. We keep your business current and are actively
interested in your success.
If you feel the staging training website is shoddy and lacks
professionalism, very likely their material will as well. If the
training does nothing but promote the specific owner, very likely
your materials will as well.
Don't take our
word for it! If you're serious about this, feel free to contact any
of our Members in our
directory for their feedback, as well as read our many
testimonials. HSR prides itself on having 100%
happy and satisfied members. No other training provider will tell
you to do that!
Do I have to have a decorating and
design background to take this course?
No, but HSR takes the approach that you
either have the passion AND "natural eye for design" or you
don't. If you don't love decorating then this is not for you.
an HGTV junkie and the one your friends always go to for design tips
then this is for you. If you
have subscriptions to every decorating magazine available and have been studying
this as a hobby or formally then this is
for you! Join a great industry where you can take your
decorating passion and skills and make money while helping people
get more money out of selling their most valuable commodity.
It's a highly rewarding experience!
This is not something that you can
easily "train" yourself on. We give you step by step guides,
photo galleries and detailed training to refine your skills but your
success lies in your staging talent and the ability to recognize
design problems and create solutions.
Does the course really take 21 Days?
HSR has put together a three week
training program online but it is self-paced so you can go as fast
as you want or take your time to get through it...it's completely up
to you! Our goal is to help you get your business set up and
off the ground within 21 days. On average, it usually takes
about 4 hours a day for around 21 days to quickly go through
it. Your HSR Membership lasts a year, so you have plenty of
time to finish!
Who gives the live training?
Audra Slinkey, an internationally renown
speaker and published author is completely available to all our
Members for questions, feedback and advice. She does all the
live training and prides herself on using her own as well as veteran
members' extensive staging experience to create a training
program that is universal. See some of her work in
Anatomy of a Staging Day.
First of all thank you for your website!
I am already in business and have been successful. I am looking at
the next step in the process & I am interested in the HSR
Training. Once I submit my payment, how long does the process take
until I can access the Member Area, use the HSR Certification and receive the business cards, letterhead, postcards
Many existing home stagers come to us to
take their business to the next step by taking advantage of our
beautiful and professional websites and marketing materials.
We promise that you will learn a lot of new things from our training
since it is focused on more non-traditional research and marketing
methods so although someone may come for the beautiful brand, they
learn and receive so much more!
Immediately after receiving payment
you get access to our extensive Member Area. Once there, you
will fill out the "Quick Website Builder" form and marketing
materials form so we can start working on your materials. It
usually takes 10 business days from there to receive your
professionally printed materials and new website. Your HSR
Certificate arrives in the mail after the week 3 live training has been
attended although your HSR Logo is on your website immediately.
Could you please tell me the cost to
host my website and renew my directory listing after the one-year
membership is up?
Complete renewal details can be
After a year the website is yours*,
so at that time you can renew your domain yourself and host it elsewhere OR
renew your HSR Membership with us for $350 which means we will:
**Pay to host your website for another year
**Pay to search engine submit your site
**Assist you in managing your
**Continued login access into our Member's Area for a
year where we always add new info, training, forms, tools and
**Most importantly you keep your
Directory listing with us and this alone should bring in enough
business to justify $350 (we have new members getting calls the
very next day from Realtors as our Directory is the most
trafficked staging directory on the Internet* currently!)
For Members who DO NOT have the
marketing package it is only $250 to renew their directory
listing and all access membership.
**According to an independent traffic monitor, Alexa
I have a business
partner. Will we both need to sign up and pay for the HSR
No, we have a significantly discounted
"Business Partner" sign up price located in the sign up page that we highly recommend.
Your partner will be tied into the
same Directory listing, website, postcards and letterhead but will receive
their own HSR Certification, Training Manual and business cards
(marketing package partners) as
well as sit in on all of our training as a separate member with
complete access to all the benefits of an HSR Certified Member.
If you have a partner that does not want
to go through the training, we ask that you purchase the HSR Program
WITHOUT the business marketing solutions package as this package is
for Members Only.
Is the course on line or do you mail me
Both! Studies show that people
learn best with a mixed media approach to training, so we provide a
"priority mailed" training manual, online videos, check lists and live web conferencing.
We are in San Diego but in order to
reach our international graduates, all of our training is web based
and online. When you sign up for our HSR Certification Program you
receive instant access to our Training Member Section which walks
you step by step through the three weeks. You will receive in
the mail a large training manual that is all of our online materials
in print format.
Will I receive accreditation?
Upon completion of our three week
training program you can call yourself an "HSR Certified Professional
Home Stager and Redesigner". Accreditation implies an independent
authority monitors and approves credentials and standards in the
is the only independent trade association in the staging industry
and they have extensively audited our training program awarding us
with the first and currently only US training provider to be RESA
It is good to
research your choices in the field of home staging training as not
all providers are the same and NO other provider has been truly and
independently audited and accredited in this industry.
(This is your downloadable logo for
when you complete the course to use as you please)
I am a veteran home stager. What
can HSR do for me?
HSR is the MOST trafficked staging
website on the Internet so if you have a home staging business, you
really should be on our directory. Also, our advanced Internet
marketing and website platforms help you be found online and called,
NOT doing the cold calling.
Here is a quote from Ellen
in TX who has staged over 2000 homes and joined HSR: "With
every page I review I think "this is what I do or use or envisioned"
AND "I wish HSR was around when I started my business"! I worked
for 3 months straight preparing the infrastructure of my business in
the winter of 2001 so that I could launch with a professional face.
You've thought of everything, and more, than I did!"
We are the ONLY staging and redesign
company that allows ANYONE who has a successful staging and redesign
business to be part of our
Directory and membership. We want to unite the industry
and do not believe in exclusivity!
Is the term "staging" federally
NO! Although some would have you
believe it is. When in doubt, do you own simple research by
checking with the Trademark office
Again, buyer beware in this unregulated industry.
Also, once the website is up and
running, what does it cost to add or delete information to the
site. For example if we move offices and change phone numbers?
We use Wordpress which is the most
cutting edge web platform that gives you tremendous search engine
optimization and allows you to login and make instant changes to
your website (edit text, add pages, change photos, add social media,
the sky is the limit). HSR provides easy to follow video
tutorials to help you become an expert at your website which is
critical to your success.
I am very interested in taking the
training that you have to offer. However, I am wondering if you
offer any payment plans? I see that you offer the ala carte, but
this route does not offer everything that the full training has to
We offer a couple
payment plans which
helps to offset the cost of the training portion but your best price
will be to pay in full. At anytime
you can add the Marketing Solutions Package for the same price.
Can I make color and font changes or mix and
match the marketing styles? Can I have the image to use
elsewhere? Can I use my logo for the marketing materials?
No. Because each marketing theme
has been painstakingly put together to MATCH the website,
they cannot be altered and are set templates. That being said,
you provide the content and wording and let our "marketing
creative's" fit it into the style you choose. You ALWAYS have
the option of getting your HSR Certification WITHOUT the marketing
materials and website for $945. For those who have a marketing
and web design background we recommend you go with the $945 program.
No. The brand image is the exclusive
property of the Home Staging Resource so the images are not to be
taken or used without the written permission of HSR as they are
Your logo will look gorgeous on your
website but does not have a place on the marketing materials (except
the brochure.) We are able to add the HSR Certification and
ASHSR logo upon request.
I love your Marketing Materials and
styles! Can I buy them separately without the HSR
No. Our gorgeous marketing styles
and matching websites are for HSR Certification Graduates only and
are provided to them heavily discounted because of their membership.
I have a partner who does not want to go
through the training, can we still take advantage of your gorgeous
marketing materials and website?
No. Our gorgeous marketing styles
and matching websites are for HSR Certification Graduates only and
are provided to them heavily discounted because of their membership.
You may still go through our intensive, 21-day program but we ask
that you do so WITHOUT the Marketing Package if you have a partner
who is not an HSR Member.
Tell me more about your training and why
I should pick you?
We consider our 21-day process an A-Z
training and business set up process which is something that NO
ONE else offers. We not only train you on the elements of
successful home staging and redesign but take your business to the next level by
providing you with a cohesively branded domain, website and
marketing materials. We give you every kind of form you would need to
run your business, advanced Internet marketing techniques to build
your business, two detailed walk thru guides to assist you as well
as an in-depth product (the DIY Manual) you can sell for additional
revenue (among many other things).
We are a training provider but more
like a "Business in a Box" so that you are not spinning your wheels
doing this kind of business set up when you can be staging homes and
making your business grow!
Also, the beauty of going with an online
training provider means you have instant access to everything you
need as well as continued content and ongoing training. Home
Staging is not a stagnant industry...we are in the decorating
business so you need to be constantly hooked in to a resource with
their finger on the pulse of what makes homes sell! We want to
help you become successful, and earn your business today and many
years to come!
The Mission of Home Staging Resource
is to add integrity to the home staging industry by offering the
21 Day HSR
Certification staging program
available to Professional Home Stagers. By doing this, we
ensure high quality, result oriented partnerships between our HSR
Certified Stagers and their Realtor and Home Seller clients in the
marketing and preparation of homes for sale otherwise known as
"staging". We do this so that "every
home may be staged" and marketed to it's fullest potential!
21-Day Training Video
Is Home Staging for You Video?
Anatomy of a Staging Day Video
12 Rules of Home Staging Video
HSR was the first and one of the only Accredited staging and redesign training programs! The Real
Estate Staging Association (RESA), has thoroughly reviewed and Accredited our
training materials and found that it exceeds their stringent,
Critical Considerations of Goal Setting in 2013
Tips for Success as a Home Stager
Steps Advanced Training on YouTube Marketing
Steps Advanced Training on Realtor Connections
Secrets to Home Staging Success
NY Home Sells for 100K OVER Asking!
Hands-On Staging Mentor Training Available!
HSR Gets A Face Lift!
Staged and Sold in 1 Day
Job Outlook - The "Economy-Proof" Industry!
Social Networking Website for Home Stagers
HSR Graduates Home
Featured on HGTV
"Insist" On Professional Staging!
Find a Home Stager
Become a Home Stager
Home Staging Defined
Home Staging FAQS
Free Home Staging Tools
Free Realtor Tools
Before & After Photos
Home Staging Statistics
Home Staging Newsletter
Week Two live training was great! I had viewed a recorded session of Week Two
training prior to the live training and was pleased to learn even more good
tips, advice and techniques during the live training. I am so completely
impressed with the quality and quantity of what you offer in the HSR courses
that during my first week of training I sent your website address to two friends
who are seriously considering home staging as a career. I did a lot of research
on the other staging programs that are available before signing up for your
course and I am thrilled I went with HSR! You and HSR are fantastic. Thank you!
Mary E. Venn
Prepare to Sell Home Staging & Redesign
I want you to know that I am extremely pleased with the training thus far! It is
rare anymore to find truly good value particularly for training programs. I have
had my share of disappointments in this regard. In addition to the excellent
structure and content of the training, the support you extend to us is a great
way to reinforce the material and boost our confidence. It is also evident that
you care about the quality of service that we will be offering to our
clients--that speaks volumes to me about the professionalism and ethics of your
The Suite Success
Hi, Audra. I am very pleased that I made the decision to sign up to take the 21
day HSR certification training. The training is very concrete. The training
encompasses all facets from design, to the business and marketing side which
will make it a go. I love the fact that when you sign up you have access to
everything for a year. That
is so helpful for us busy moms. I really love that Audra is so enthusiastic in
relaying everything it is that we need to learn. A
definite thumbs up. Thank-You, Audra and Home Staging Resource!
THERE IS SO MUCH INFORMATION!!!! I LOVE IT. Your site is fun to navigate
and chock full of informative, practical, hands on information. I'm taking
my time and actually review some sections more then once since there is so
much to digest. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested
in home staging and re-design. Thank you from a grateful student.
am so impressed by the HSR training process. It turned my business
around. Literally, a week before signing up for the package, I was
ready to let the business go due to the fact that I really felt lost
in many areas. I have in the past month learned and applied the
information I got towards my business and it has paid off. I have
been able to have an exact plan for the consultations and appt. with
realtors and I have received many e-mails responding to the e-mails
that I have sent out. I have had several comments from Realtors who
are now using me as a part of their service that my website and
letterhead and cards look very professional. They were impressed to
say the least. The tips and tricks that you have given are all ways
that my business has improved. Thank you for all of the effort you
have put in for me and everyone out there. I will forever be
appreciative of all of your help in making Stage It Today
Letitia Granum, MN
had spent a lot of time researching home staging programs. There are quite a few
out there but none compare to HSR. Once I signed up for the training I was
amazed at the wealth of information that was right at my fingertips. If you are
uncertain as to whether or not to sign up with HSR I would say to you, don't put
it off. You will get more information than you ever imagined possible, as well
as, you will receive personal interaction emails from Audra and her staff. I
certainly feel I have gotten more than my money's worth. I only wish I would
have done this sooner."
Theresa Burba, IN
Premier Staging and Redesign
"I am so glad after doing research on internet classes for staging
that I made the absolute right choice! I can't wait to finish my
portfolio and get to work. My sincere thanks for your outstanding
Gail Wallace, WA
has proven to be a fascinating venture and I am so glad I
chose HSR. Your support, follow-up, web content, learning
all so professional and easy to use as a reference guide. I have
vast amount of information and that has in turn given me a level of
self-confidence I never thought I could have in a new profession. Thanks
Carol Ellis, VA
AWESOME ADDITIONS!! I've only had a chance to review some of the
information, but I wanted to let you know that I think the additions are
awesome. Wonderful information and wonderful format!
Pearle Staging & Design, LLC
in known in my heart for a long time that I could help realtors
sell homes by just doing a little face lift and giving homes that personal
touch that it needed, but I didn't know how to put my ideas into a business plan
until I found Home Staging Resource. On searching the web one day, I discovered
Home Staging Resource and found the answers to my many questions and got some
direction to my new business and I was thrilled. The HSR training has given me
exactly what I've needed to have a successful business. You've thought of
everything! I appreciate the personal touch HSR gives to their members. Thank
you for having this vision to help others in fulfilling their vision!"
Belinda Gay Cookman,
BG's House Dressing - Serving Metroplex area of Dallas/Ft.Worth
You are amazing! I am so happy I chose Home Staging Resource for my
training. You helped me realize what seemed like an impossible dream. From
the moment I logged into the member area, I really started to believe "I can
do this!" Every time my confidence (with that pesky little voice) starts to
falter, I just go to your website and I can immediately override that voice
with the one that tells me this is my dream and it is going to happen.
Everything about your company -- from your encouraging tone, to the wealth
of really helpful resources (the forms! I am so grateful for the forms!) to
the step-by-step instructions, tells me what a generous woman you are. You
genuinely want us to succeed. Do you know how rare that really is?
I feel a clarity and excitement about my path I have not felt in a very long
time. Thank you Audra Slinkey!
Susan Lindsey McCabe
Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed the HSR training.
I am still going through all the new information that has been added to
HSR's website. The training and continued updating of new information and
ideas give me confidence that I will be giving my clients great value for
their money. Your continued "hands-on" involvement with the HSR stagers is
I'm so pleased with your products, services & customer support!!!
You and The Home Staging Resource have helped me tremendously and I
am grateful!! I've just staged my first home here in Reno, NV (one
of the worst RE markets in the country). The home was 2600 sq. ft. &
vacant. The home was on the market last year without a sale. We
staged the home, re-listed it and within 10 days my client received
& accepted an offer!!. Average DOM here is 4 1/2 months!! Thank you
again for all you offer through the Home Staging Resource!!! It has
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