In Unit C of QC Design School’s Home Staging Course, discover the importance of curb appeal and which exterior elements need to be taken into consideration before a potential buyer sets foot in the home. Master the art of space planning, including balance, visual weight, and scale. Explore various types of window treatments and learn how they enhance custom interiors. Start your career with a designer portfolio that will show off your talents, and learn how to work effectively with clients in a professional business unit.

Curb Appeal

While a home interior is extremely important, the exterior of your client’s home needs to be breathtaking to convince buyers that it is a worthy investment. As a starting point, learn how to take effective photos as a professional home stager, and study examples of photos that show problems. Explore basic landscaping, including yard maintenance and how to remove objects that obstruct the view of the home. Learn how to make necessary repairs to different areas of a home’s exterior, including garage doors, sidewalks and windows. Become familiar with outdoor lighting and how it can be used to create different moods.

Space Planning

When staging homes, it is vital to decipher a room’s balance, visual weight, and traffic patterns. Study various floorplan examples of unbalanced and balanced rooms in order to understand key differences. Discover how to establish a room’s axis and scale, and how to create balanced custom interiors as a result. Keep this unit’s design checklist as a reference when creating home design plans for future clients.

Window Treatments

Window treatments are a stylish way for home staging professionals to add flair to a space. Discover how to select a treatment, taking cost, function, mood and scale into consideration. Explore different types of window treatments such as draperies, blinds and shutters, and how to incorporate them into home design plans. Become familiar with decorative elements such as valances, and learn how to position treatments, create illusions, and create an appealing space for buyers.

Building Your Portfolio

Your home design portfolio is one of the most important tools at your disposal as you enter the industry. Learn which elements to include, how to choose your best home staging work, and how to take outstanding photographs. Discover ways to best present your design portfolio to clients, including through print and online formats, with study guidelines to help you.

Working with Clients

Maintaining strong client relationships is essential to your success as a professional home stager. Explore the personal skills required to build relationships, including professionalism, honesty, and personal selling skills. Study examples of initial conversations with prospects, and learn to define your home staging services to secure client consultations. Become familiar with the AIDA Formula and how to use it to structure communication. You’ll find out how to overcome objections as a home stager. Finally, study sample invoices and change orders, know what to include in your consultation kit, and learn how to prepare a home for sale.