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Making the right impression is always important. It is worth considering these as to do lists before opening your home for public inspection.

Outdoors

- Consider the first impression. Make a positive statement using potted plants or furniture.
- Tidy up the garden and mow the lawn. Mulch garden beds and pull out any weeds.
- Plant some colourful flowering plants in post or garden beds leading to the front door.
- Repair or fix those little things you've been meaning to get to like dripping taps or peeling paint.
- Clean windows inside and out.
- Trim back trees that might block the light in your rooms.
- Put good door-mats at all entrances to help keep your floor and carpets clean.
- Move your car well away from the house to give the impression of ample parking.

Indoors

- Embrace the light. Let as much natural light in as you can. If a room is dark, turn the lights on for the inspection.
- Play some pleasant background music. Classical music creates a perception of value.
- Wash the dishes, sweep floors, and make the beds. You want your home to be an inviting environment.
- Empty the garbage bin.
- Place simple floral arrangements the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms.
- Brew coffee or burn essential oils.
- Air the house to remove any stubborn odours (pets, smoking, cooking).
- In cooler months, warm your house. An open fireplace is always a big plus.
- Put away clothes and clutter in bedrooms.
- Spring clean the house and remove any dust and cobwebs.
- Remove as much clutter from the house as you can. It may be worth using a friend's garage or hiring a storage space short term.