Last week I met with an agent at a vacant spec house regarding Staging. Although the house was beautifully built, it has been on the market a while and needs furnishings to warm it up. One area that the agent was very concerned with was a sunken family room.
The room is off the hallway from the formal living room and connected to the kitchen and breakfast area. The family room is one step lower than the adjoining rooms but all of the flooring is the same dark hardwood. If buyers are busy looking at finishes they could easily miss the step as the floors blend from one level to the next.
I went back to the house today on my own, to pick up the key and take some pictures and prepare for Staging on Thursday.... and it's a little uncomfortable to type tonight as my shoulder is sore from- wait for it... the BIG HUGE HEADER I took down that step today!! I was on my way to the step when I was distracted by a niche in the island that I hadn't noticed before. I lifted my pad to jot it down as I continued walking and next thing I knew my pen and pad were in the air and I was hopping and skipping to regain my footing, but to no avail. I must have looked hilarious stumbling and squealing all the way down. But it WON'T be funny if anyone else trips and falls.
How can I Stage this step to help buyers notice it better and avoid falls?
The only solution I have thought of is to place rugs just under the steps, in the family room. Any other suggestions?