TRUTH vs. MISINFORMATION
Stagers’ Statement, Part II
A few months ago, one of the staging trade associations put out a message regarding stagers and interior design regulation which was fraught with errors – it was evident that the writer really did not understand how stagers could be impacted by such regulation. Because the gist of their message was to discourage stagers from becoming pro-active in learning about and/or resisting government-imposed regulation which could potentially hurt them, IDPC published a detailed position paper entitled, The Collateral Effect of Interior Design Regulation on Real Estate Stagers, which provided stagers with the basis on which they could take part or at least become educated on this issue. Directly following the dissemination of our statement, we were flooded with emails from stagers and re-designers, thanking us for bringing this issue to their attention.
Subsequently, in an attempt to defend their position, the staging association in question went to the one source where they will never hear the truth – ASID. Of course, everyone knows you don’t ask the fox if he’d like to share access to the henhouse. Unfortunately, stagers who may be misled back into apathy could one day find themselves victims of ruthless prosecution in a state that has enacted licensing, like Florida. ASID is a biased source with an agenda to impose anti-competitive, unnecessary licensing in every state – they did nothing more than repeat the same old unsubstantiated rhetoric and party line. In this staging association’s own words, they went to the party “responsible for legislation pertaining to the Interior Design industry.” Going to ASID for unbiased information on licensing was neither “responsible,” “accurate,” nor “reliable.”
Click on the link below to read the corrected answers to the additional misleading information distributed to stagers: