The Collateral Effect of Interior Design Regulation on Real Estate Stagers
Patti Morrow, IDPC, June 1, 2009
Recently, we became aware of positions and statements originating from the staging profession purporting that regulation of interior designers does not affect real estate/home stagers and they should not become pro-active in protecting their freedoms.
This is not only far from true, but is a dangerous position that could potentially place real estate stagers at great risk. Practice laws in states like Florida and Alabama have been a detriment to real estate stagers, and if similar practice acts are allowed to be enacted, stagers will continue be impacted. Sadly, the advice which has been given to stagers recommending that they do not look into this issue lacks a clear understanding of the nuances of regulation, and it appears that the objective lies in self-promotion rather than member protection, and serves only to encourage stagers to withdraw back into complacency instead of continuing to actively engage in this important issue that has and will continue to impact staging professionals if left unchecked.
Click on this link to read entire paper (downloadable and printable): http://www.idpcinfo.org/IDPC_Stager_Statement_060109.pdf