How To Keep Your Home ‘Inspection Ready’ At All Times

After we’ve styled up a storm, the beautiful photos have been taken, and your home has shone like a jewel for it’s magical evening photoshoot, reality will kick in and the first thing that will often come to mind is … ‘how on earth do I keep my home looking this nice while it is on the market’?

It’s much easier, and less stressful, than you think …

… if you stick to a few firm rules  … and follow them every day.

1. Firstly, always make the beds!

It only takes a minute or two … and if you have another spare minute, after making the bed, cast your eyes over the room and ask yourself, ‘what else can I quickly do to tidy this space’? It takes less than a few minutes per room … and then that room is ready for it’s close up at any time!

2. Leave the kitchen spotless, every night after dinner.

Put the dishwasher on, clean the floors, wipe over the benches and take the rubbish out, so smells can’t escalate and permeate over night!

Starting with an immaculate kitchen each morning makes it so much easier to pack away a few dishes in the dishwasher, and do a quick wipe over of the benches, before you walk out the door.

3. While on the subject of odours, fling open windows and doors whilst you are at home, so that natural living smells can always disperse.

That way, if your home has to be locked up during the day and then opened by your agent, for an impromptu inspection, last night’s dinner smells have long gone!

4. Always put things away.

Get it out, use it, put it straight back. Put away your clothes as soon as you take them off. Pack away sports bags when training has finished. Have a designated place for shoes, sports shoes and school paraphernalia (laundry cupboards are always a great hiding space). Deal with paperwork as soon as you can and file it away. If things are always put back in their assigned places, your home will always be uncluttered and tidy. Having assigned places for things is another blog post in itself!

5. Wipe over the shower glass after every shower.

Use a window wiper to clean your shower after each shower use, so the glass is streak free and ready for any last minute inspections.

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Keep a cloth under the bathroom sink too, to wipe over your sink each morning before you head out. And put bathroom things away after use. Hairspray? … back in the cupboard. Toothbrush? … get it out of sight.

6. Always clean as you go!

If you are waiting at the coffee machine, for your coffee to percolate, and you see that the stove splashback needs a wipe over, clean it there and then. While the cloth is in your hand, ask yourself, ‘what else can I clean while I have a few minutes?’.

Always be on the lookout for chores that could be done when you are idle, waiting for the coffee or the toast to toast or the pot to boil.

Does anyone else clean out their fridge before they pack away their ‘just purchased’ groceries?

Best time to really clean out a fridge – at it’s most emptiest!


I swear by the ‘clean as you go’ method, working full time and weekends, as I don’t have the option of setting aside a full cleaning day in my working week. And I have trained my boys in this ‘clean as you go’ routine too. They know that if they see something that needs to be done … a pile of washing … dishes in the sink … things that need to be put away …. it needs to be done ‘now’. Their future wives will thank me! …. and we get to enjoy living in a clean and tidy and uncluttered space.

Follow these golden rules routinely and your home will be always ready for ‘unexpected visitors’ (your buyers) … and even ‘real’ visitors!

A-M xx

Images Courtesy Real Estate Pics





This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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About ‘A-M’

Happy Birthday blog! 10 years old this year!

This is where I have been musing about home design, real estate, interiors and life with my boys for a decade … before Instagram , Pinterest and Houzz existed!

I have finally started my next house build, ‘The Next House That A-M Built’, so you will find all the details about the build here.

I own and manage a boutique Real Estate agency, ‘Cape Cod Residential’, through which we stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. We have an unrivalled staging inventory, now warehoused in a glorious 700m2 on the south side of Brisbane. This inventory enables us to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. It brings me such joy to be able to do Real Estate so differently and achieve great results for my clients.

I am so grateful to be living such a creative and full life.

A-M xx

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The first 'House That A-M Built' -Home Beautiful Cover, May 2010

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