Great Finds Offers Tips for Staging a Home to Sell

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Christine Reddy, a Bay Area interior design consultant and owner of the discount designer furniture provider Great Finds, shares her expertise on successfully staging a home to appeal to buyers.

Braddington and Young sofa (black with nail head trim)—retail price: $5,600. Great Finds price: $1,920.

Try to think of your home almost like a nice hotel—beautiful, light-filled, inviting and comfortable, without being too crowded or reminding you of other families and their personal tastes

San Francisco interior design specialist Christine Reddy, owner of Great Finds, a service that sells luxury brands of furniture samples at up to 80% off retail, is often consulted for her expertise in staging a home for sale. She offers steps homeowners can take to improve the look of their home, and explains why small investments like hiring a professional and purchasing a few, quality, discount furniture pieces can make a home much more attractive to potential buyers.

“Try to think of your home almost like a nice hotel—beautiful, light-filled, inviting and comfortable, without being too crowded or reminding you of other families and their personal tastes,” advises Reddy. She urges sellers to store away personal items like photos of trips and relatives, souvenirs, and excessive amounts of accessories. “You won’t believe how much larger your space will feel,” she promises.

Reddy also advises sellers to remove anything with lots of strong color or very busy patterns like rugs, draperies and artwork, and either leave an open space (remember less is more) or replace it with simple patterns, solids and neutral colors. “Color is subjective. Overuse of bold colors, uncoordinated color schemes, too many conflicting patterns, etc. is confusing and takes away from the message you are trying to send. People will be attracted to your home when they are able to envision their belongings there, which is the main objective, after all,” explains Reddy.

Another tip she offers is to cover up those dingy walls. “Paint, paint, paint! It’s inexpensive and covers so many minor flaws, visually and in terms of wall texture. A simple design solution for tired walls. If you don’t have time, hire a professional. It will pay off.”

The process of readying a home for sale can benefit immensely from hiring a design professional. “We often go to clients’ homes and assist them with their pre-sale design dilemmas. It is truly invigorating when we give their lives and homes a boost by transforming otherwise ‘invisible’ personal possessions, furniture and accessories and compose a completely different look,” said Reddy. “We can present a seemingly brand new space by using professional design techniques. Often this can be done without buying or renting ‘staged’ pieces, and just using what you already own.”

This process, which she refers to as “editing,” is highly effective, because the consultant is objective and can see things differently with the benefit of training, experience and good design perspective. This process, which Great Finds offers for a reasonable fee, can be essential to successfully preparing a home for resale, and can actually boost the sale price. Reddy points out, “When you consider that you are better equipped to sell your home faster and at a better price, hiring a designer to assist you with editing and space planning is more effective, easier and less expensive than a total redo.”

For those who need to remove dated and worn furniture, Reddy advises replacing old pieces with current styles that will be enjoyed in the next home. Just a few key pieces that are well-made will enhance the space and play up the great “bones” of a room.

“Great Finds is a super source for those readying their home for sale and looking to get a fresh new look without paying top dollar. We have tons of unadvertised designer furniture and accessory bargains otherwise unavailable to the public. Most nationally known brands of better quality along with designer-name lines are available. We have a shopping service to help you locate the perfect furniture floor samples, in perfect condition, at the right price” says Reddy.

Reddy’s service offers clients exclusive access to the “trade-only” discount furniture of San Francisco Design Center showrooms, where they can save thousands on better name pieces without having to wait for a sale or settle for a knockoff. Great Finds’ offerings are specially chosen for their high quality, super condition, and best value.

“The San Francisco Design Center showrooms have all the current fabrics and finishes that are in demand, only priced at thousands less,” she says. This is an excellent way to make a home for sale attractive to today’s market-savvy buyers without having to pay top dollar.

For more information on staging a home, professional design services, or personalized shopping trips to the San Francisco Design Center with Great Finds, call them at (415) 658-9304 or visit http://www.greatfinds-bayarea.com.

About Great Finds
Great Finds is an interior design company that specializes in a range of design services in San Francisco. They offer consulting, design, and shopping services as well as “Miraculous Home Makeovers Without Buying New.” Great Finds enables the public to purchase internationally-acclaimed brands of designer furniture at exclusive trade-only discounts. Great Finds serves all communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. They also ship out of state.

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