Last-minute viewings by their nature come as a bit of a surprise. While you want your home to look it's very best for every viewing, it's simply not practical to keep it pristine while also living your life. Luckily it doesn't take long to get a home up to scratch. With these quick jobs, it'll look spic and span and ready to impress in less than two hours.
Clean the kitchen and bathroom – 30 mins
According to a Rightmove survey, dirty kitchens and bathrooms are a huge turn-off for potential buyers. Sweep and mop the floors, wipe down the surfaces and dry up any splashes. Make them look cleaner by removing plastic soap bottles from the shower and magnets from your fridge.
Whip round with the vacuum cleaner – 15 mins
Vacuuming is a quick job that makes a big difference, leaving carpets looking clean and the air feeling less dusty.
Declutter and organise – 30 mins
Clutter is distracting and can make each room seem smaller. Pack away non-essential bits and bobs and stick to a maximum of three ornaments or picture frames on each surface.
There are tricks to make home accessories look more appealing, such as grouping them in odd numbers of different sizes – so go for three candlesticks instead of two.
Put white linens on the bed – 15 mins
There's a reason most boutique hotels use plain white bedsheets – they're classic, fresh and have universal appeal.
Add some finishing touches – 20 mins
A vase of fresh flowers in the window, a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter and some colourful throw pillows on the couch will make your home look lived-in and loved. Most importantly, it'll make it look like the kind of place your viewers will want to live in.
Swot up on your local area – 10 mins
Viewers often have questions about the neighbourhood. While you'll be able to tell them what it's like to live there, they might want to know some further stats about local schools and crime rates. You don't want to be reaching for your smartphone in front of viewers, so swot up with our Area Guides before they arrive.