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doyouwantamedalorsomething Sat 12-Nov-16 10:30:24

I love my house but have loads of people coming over later and all I can seee if where the plaster is cracked or where there are marks on the carpet.

How do I make it seem nice when people come over later without having to get a plasterer round last minute.

What are your top tips

ChristmasEvePJs Sat 12-Nov-16 10:31:51

Light lots of candles, fill them with good food and wine and no one will care... they are there to see you!

DoItTooJulia Sat 12-Nov-16 10:33:04

Clean, empty sinks always make a house look cared for. Ditto vacuumed floors.

LightsLoveLaughter Sat 12-Nov-16 10:33:54

They are not coming to see your house, they are coming to see you.

doyouwantamedalorsomething Sat 12-Nov-16 10:37:20

Most of them are coming to see me but there are definitely a couple who will be peering behind sofas...

LightsLoveLaughter Sat 12-Nov-16 10:41:25

Then let them.

If they are anything like my family, they will still find one thing to criticise me about, even if I had a team of cleaners in, nothing would ever be good enough.

formerbabe Sat 12-Nov-16 10:43:41

Just make sure it's sound like me by the way! Before anyone comes round, I notice every mark on the wall/carpet!

WitteryTwittery Sat 12-Nov-16 10:44:37

A stunt pineapple. Definitely.

Farmmummy Sat 12-Nov-16 10:46:05

Wittery beat me to it so I will add stunt lemons and limes

DoYouRememberJustinBobby Sat 12-Nov-16 10:51:13

Saucepan of water with orange slices, bring to boil and leave to simmer. Smells delicious.

Good dust, polish and Hoover in the rooms they'll go in. Chuck clutter in rooms they won't.

Scrub surfaces and floors in bathrooms and kitchen.
Wipe down inside of fridge.
Clean front door and make sure hall is clutter free.
Bake some scones (Paul Hollywood on BBC website, 10 mins to make and are impressive) to divert attention from house.

BUT know, they won't see the things you see everyday. If they treat visiting you as some kind of inspection then make it clear it will be their last visit to YOUR home. I only do the things above because I LIKE them, not because I feel obliged.

tibbawyrots Sat 12-Nov-16 11:19:31

When we had friends over last we chucked clutter into a spare room. Next thing I knew my OH had taken our guests in there! confused

He said he forgot. hmm

JennyPocket Sat 12-Nov-16 11:24:28

Clean and decluttered with fresh flowers and a candle lit go a long way.

Meanwhile, have you tried to tackle marks on the carpet? I just use a spray, bowl of warm water and a cloth and tackle all the marks one by one. And if cracks are hairline, you can usually paint over them. I go round spot-cleaning walls and if they are particularly bad I touch them up with a spare pot of paint I bought for the purpose! Tip for the future - don't ever choose a custom-blend paint colour, the batches don't always come out the same and you can't do touch ups, whereas standard paint colours are generally a good colour match. Sometimes you might want to take a shelf or picture down and if you can't touch up the area you'd have to paint the entire wall...

KayTee87 Sat 12-Nov-16 11:44:00

If your house is clean and clutter free people won't notice small things. Open all your windows for an hour to freshen the house up, have some fresh flowers and light a nice candle or if you have a fire light it/put it on.

doyouwantamedalorsomething Sat 12-Nov-16 13:29:33

These are all amazing I'm just running round now doing them

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