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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.

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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:

The HSR Certification training was the first and is the only US based Accredited Staging and Redesign training recognized by the Real Estate Staging Association.

Other programs 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 we 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 otherwise.

Other programs 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.

Other programs 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.

Buyers beware!  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.  If you're 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 Certification Training.  Once I submit my payment, how long does the process take until I can access the Member Area?
Answer: 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 plan for your business.  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. 

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 found at http://www.homestagingresource.com/renewals.asp

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

**Provide continued training, plugins and themes for your site as they come

**Continued login access into our Member's Area for a year where we always add new info, training, forms, tools and content

**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 Certification Training Program? 

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 but will receive their own HSR Certification, Training Manual and electronic certificate, 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.


Is the course on line or do you mail me the course?


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 industry. 

RESA (www.realestatestagingassociation.com) 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 Accredited.

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.

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!"


Is the term "staging" federally trademarked?

NO!  Although some would have you believe it is.  When in doubt, do you own simple research by checking with the Trademark office click here.

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 offer...

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.  

I love your websites!  Can I buy them separately without the HSR Certification?
Answer: 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.

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!


Our Mission

The Mission of Home Staging Resource is to add integrity to the home staging industry by offering the most comprehensive 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!


Free Training

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Anatomy of a Staging Day Video
12 Rules of Home Staging Video

Credibility Counts!

HSR was the first and one of the only accredited staging and redesign training programs by the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).  RESA is the only true Trade Association for the staging industry.  RESA has thoroughly reviewed, audited and Accredited our training materials and found that it exceeds their stringent, quality standards!  When other trainers call themselves "World's Best" or "Accredited" ask them WHO actually "Accredited" their materials.

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Audra Slinkey is a best selling author, international public speaker and has been featured on too many news channels to list.  She personally mentors and trains each member who goes through her HSR Certification Program.  She has been staging and training successful stagers across the globe since 2005!


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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 company!

Claire Rhoades
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!

Tracey Jones


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.
Elizabeth Vizzone

"I 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 successful!"

Letitia Granum, MN

"I 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 guidance."

Gail Wallace, WA

"This has proven to be a fascinating venture and I am so glad I chose HSR.  Your support, follow-up, web content, learning materials, are all so professional and easy to use as a reference guide.  I have learned a 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 again."

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!

Paige Earles
Pearle Staging & Design, LLC

"I've 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


Dear Audra,
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!
Warmest regards,

Susan Lindsey McCabe


Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed the HSR training. Wow!!

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 wonderful.

Annie Brown


Hi Audra,

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 been invaluable!!!

Cheryl Flagg
Stage and Sell


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