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Frequently Asked Questions

I have an “eye” for what looks good; do I need professional training?

Absolutely!  You may know what you like and what looks good together, but a course in Interior Redesign will give you the right process and the basic design principles to follow in order to transform any type of room into the most beautiful space it can be.

 

If I just want to do redesign for family, friends and myself, is this program for me?

Whether redesigning for yourself or others as a professional, MSRI training gives you valuable skills and knowledge which will allow you to be the best at what you do.

 

I’ve already taken design class(s); will I still learn anything?

Again, absolutely! Design and Redesign, although similar in their mission to make interiors beautiful and interesting, are still very different. Redesign teaches the “use-what-you-have” mentality and the proven process of Interior Redesign to produce the desired result.

 

Will I be able to join professional organizations after taking MSRI training?

Yes, you will be eligible to join several professional organizations, including, and the MRSA (Midwest Redesign & Staging Association), RESA, (Real Estate Staging Association) and when you take the 5 day dual certification class you receive a free one year membership in the Association of Design Education.

 

I’ve never owned a business; will the MSRI training help me start one?

MSRI gives a plethora of information on business as well as the forms and basics needed to help start your own business. Information regarding marketing, business, contacts, and free advertising are just some of the subjects covered in the business section. You are free to use any and all forms used by MSRI in their business at no extra charge! This gives you a “quick start” on getting your business up and running.

 

Will MSRI training prepare you for the realities of being an entrepreneur?

No matter how talented you are at staging or decorating, if you don’t know how to do the following tasks, you will not make a living at this business: price your services properly, cost effective marketing of your business, promoting yourself to the right audience, creating your own portfolio, how to find potential clients, and get media attention.

 

When the course is over, will MSRI still be a resource for furthering mentoring?

We believe that “once our student, always our student”. The MSRI will always keep you updated on Professional Organizations and affiliations that will help build and support your business as well as the Redesign & Staging Industry. MSRI alumni also receive the benefit of ongoing information, industry news and ideas to keep their business fresh and exciting. The MSRI wants each and every student to reach their highest potential and be successful, whatever that means to each individual and their business.

 

What organization have recognized you as a professional?

MSRI is an affiliate of ADE, Association of Design Education and RESA, Real Estate Staging Association, where she has the designation of RESA Pro.

 

How long is the course and are meals included?

The Redesign course is 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday and breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the course are included. The Real Estate Staging Certified course is 8:30am - 4:30pm for three days and breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the course is also included.

 

What should I wear?

It’s best to wear casual, comfortable clothes (no belts) as we will be in homes moving furniture. You must bring a clean pair of gym shoes to wear while in the client’s home. Any jewelry worn on your hands & wrists could become a safety issue as well as the potential to scratch furniture. We suggest you leave jewelry at home, earrings are okay.

 

Why should I take the Midwest Staging Redesign Institute's training program?

Taking the MSRI training program is a cost effective way to invest in your future. With the in-depth, hands-on training program and on-going support from your IRIS approved trainer; the MSRI course is by far the best educational choice in the exciting world of Interior Redesign and Real Estate Staging. Not only is the course focused on giving you individualized attention, but it takes it far beyond that. You will walk away with a complete sense of the industry and the tools and resources and confidence to start your own career as a Qualified Redesign Specialist or Qualified Staging Professional. This nominal investment can turn into a rewarding and fulfilling career.

"We learn by doing." — Aristotle: Influential ancient Greek philosopher.