Home Stager

Job Description:

A Home Stager is a professional who prepares and decorates homes for sale to enhance their visual appeal and create a more marketable and inviting atmosphere for potential buyers.

Job Category:
Real Estate

What you will do:

As a home stager, you will be:

  • Evaluating the condition and layout of a property to determine how to best enhance its appeal to potential buyers
  • Removing excessive personal items and clutter to create a clean and spacious look
  • Rearranging or adding furniture to optimise room layouts and flow
  • Selecting or recommending furniture, decor, and colour schemes to create an attractive and cohesive aesthetic
  • Adding finishing touches like artwork, lighting, and accessories to make the space feel inviting and lived-in
  • Identifying any necessary repairs or updates that can improve the property’s marketability
  • Advising on professional photography to capture the staged property’s appeal for online listings
  • Collaborating with real estate agents and homeowners to align staging efforts with sales goals
  • Coordinating the logistics of furniture and decor rentals, delivery, and setup
  • Maintaining a collection of furniture and decor items for staging purposes


You will need:

  • knowledge in interior design, furniture and decor and colour coordination
  • knowledge in real estate
  • knowledge in home improvement and project management
  • knowledge in marketing and trend awareness
  • knowledge of basic photography principles, especially if you advise on property photography for listings
  • awareness of any local regulations or permits required for staging projects in your area
  • familiarity with business management, including setting prices, handling contracts, and managing finances

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

GCSE subjects that can be beneficial if you’re considering a career as a Home Stager include:

  1. Art and Design: Provides a foundation in design principles and creativity.
  2. Business Studies: Helps develop basic business acumen and entrepreneurship skills.
  3. English: Enhances communication skills, important for client interactions and documentation.
  4. Textiles or Design and Technology: Offers insights into fabric and material selection, which can be useful in home staging.
  5. Mathematics: Develops analytical and budgeting skills, important for managing projects and finances.

While these subjects can be helpful, keep in mind that Home Stagers often build their careers through hands-on experience and may not have specific GCSE subject requirements.

To become a Home Stager, you typically do not need formal qualifications, but there are several requirements and steps to follow:


While not mandatory, having a background in interior design, real estate, or a related field can be beneficial. You can gain this education through formal degree programs, online courses, or self-study.


Practical experience is crucial. Start with small projects or intern with an experienced Home Stager to build hands-on skills.


Assemble a portfolio showcasing your staging work to demonstrate your abilities to potential clients.

Business Setup

Set up your own staging business, including registering your business, obtaining any necessary permits or licenses, and acquiring insurance.

Certification (Optional)

Although not mandatory, some Home Stagers choose to obtain certification from reputable organisations like the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) to boost credibility.

Specialisation (Optional)

Explore specialization areas within staging, such as residential, commercial, or luxury properties.

Working Hours and Environment:

Home Stagers typically have a flexible schedule that includes on-site work at various properties, collaboration with clients and professionals, some office time, and occasional physical demands such as moving furniture.

Career Path & Progression:

A career path for a Home Stager involves gaining education, practical experience, building a portfolio, starting a business, networking, optional certification, continuous learning, potential specialisation, and business growth.