MISSION: Double the size of 1000 home staging businesses by 2021 and double the number of professional home staging businesses.
The International Institute of Home Staging (IIHS™) is Australia’s premier home staging and property styling education provider, with levels ranging from introductory to advanced certificate courses. As the first and only interactive online home staging course provider in Australia, IIHS™ will give you styling and home staging principles and teach you how to sell your home for more, renovate for profit, or start a home staging business in an emerging and growing sector.
The demand for home staging has skyrocketed in popularity due to its positive effect on real estate sale prices so if you love interiors, are interested in a real estate career and enjoy solving styling problems, this is the sector for you.
Students benefit from courses designed by founder and practising stylist Naomi Findlay plus a team of design, styling and business experts. In addition to receiving real-life insights and practical tuition, you will also have Naomi assess the course work and personally provide the support, advice and feedback required to feel confident in your abilities.
What is home staging?
Home staging, or pre-sale property styling, is about enhancing a property, combining elements of maintenance, marketing and styling to showcase its strong points. It is widely becoming acknowledged as an essential marketing tool when selling a property in the modern marketplace.
Who is Naomi Findlay?
Naomi Findlay is the founder and principal educator at the IIHS™. She also runs SILK Home Staging & Styling, a successful home staging business, is the author of the bestselling book Ignite Your Property Mojo and regularly writes for realestate.com.au.
In addition to her styling skills and expertise, Naomi has postgraduate qualifications in training and assessment, adult and tertiary education and a PhD on effective elements to education as well as several years of university teaching experience.
She has teaching awards from the University of Newcastle and the Australian College of Education and has been nominated for a national award with the Australian Teaching and Learning Council.
Each year she stages about 250 homes, achieving a return on investment for each one. For example, recent pre-sale property styling for one home saw a small $3,000 investment achieve a quick sale price of $577,500 compared to the pre-staged price expectation of $480,000-$530,000.
Who can take IIHS™ courses?
Anyone with an interest in home staging can enrol in the beginner’s course, The Art of Home Staging. This course has been created with the novice property stylist in mind, from a property owner or renovator looking to enhance their asset in preparation for sale to those with a design mindset interested in the emerging career path of home stager or property stylist.
The more advanced courses build on foundational property styling skills and are for those who have either completed The Art of Home Staging or hold a design or interiors qualification and would like to formalise their skills in property styling.
What will I learn in an IIHS™ course?
Learn the basics of styling, advanced home staging and how to transform a property to appeal to buyers. The courses cover everything from the principles of design to running a home staging business. You will acquire a solid theoretical foundation and be provided with tools to put your knowledge into practice as well as enough momentum to develop your skills in this area