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How to keep your home inspection ready

By Emma Smith

Article written by Adrian Ballantyne from Realestate.com

Your home is on the market, you’ve had it styled within an inch of its life and every surface is gleaming and immaculately presented.

Now for the real challenge: How on earth do you keep it that way? Keeping your home inspection-ready throughout a sale campaign is one of the biggest challenges facing vendors, so here are some handy tips for maintaining that sparkle for weeks at a time.

Check the photos
Houses rarely look better than they do in the professional photos used for a campaign. So use them to your advantage and make them your template.

Do the basics and clean as you go
It’s not often that you walk into an open for inspection to find a house looking a little frayed, but it does happen. And it’s the little things that matter. Beds should be well-made every morning, while personal effects and clutter should be kept to a minimum.

It’s much easier to wash the dishes and give the kitchen a quick wipe over every night than it is to let things go all week, leaving the kitchen requiring a major clean before the weekend. And empty the rubbish every night, so that the smell from things in the bin doesn’t get the chance to permeate the living spaces.

Relocate your pets
Few things are harder to stay on top of than hair-shedding pets, particularly if you’re selling in the warmer months. They can also present problems if agents need to show potential buyers through the property when you’re not there, as you can never be sure if your dog or cat has behaved itself while you’re not home.

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