Our Home-Ready Guide

Make your home look as appealing to guests as possible.


How do I prepare?

Opening your home up to guests is a wonderful way of letting others experience the city in the most authentic way possible. When inviting visitors into your home, it’s the small things that make a big impression and amount to a great guest experience.

On this page, you will find all of our standard tips that we give our homeowners when they’re preparing for their guest stays.

Living Room, Kitchen and Reception Spaces

Guests are choosing your home in part because of the personality it shows. Personality that a hotel just can’t compete with. Your photos, design touches and general decoration are all interesting, unique and provides positive features that we will look to capture in the photos.

Less is so often more; declutter, create the impression of space and try to remove trip hazards for our photographer. Kitchen surfaces and hob should be decluttered and cleaned, so they look wonderful in the photos.

We will set the table to display that there is dinner ware for all guests to eat at the table.


When it comes to the bedroom, we’re going for appealing and comfy. We need to ensure your bedroom is portrayed as a relaxing haven – and would be grateful if you could put personal items (such as pyjamas, slippers and random socks) away in a cupboard.

We bring in our own linens and towels dressing your bedrooms as guests will find them. We swap your linens for ours and put yours back after check out.


We bring toiletries that we place in the bathrooms. To keep bathrooms looking clean and tidy, we ask that you put your own toiletries and other personal items (such as the toothbrush, bath sponge or towels) away in a cupboard before we arrive. Please also ensure the shower/bath has been recently descaled as this can make such a difference for the photos.


If you’re fortunate enough to have a London home that boasts a garden, then our photographer will capture that too. With the potential for it to be a real selling point, please make sure it’s presentable e.g. grass mowed, leaves swept etc.

We refrain from taking photos directly of the front of the house because we wouldn’t want to advertise online when your home is empty whilst also giving it’s location in a photograph.

Should we have to cancel the photographer with less than 48 hours’ notice or should, on our arrival, the home has not fulfilled these guidelines, you will be responsible for the full photographer’s cancellation fee of £150.

We hope that these tips are helpful to you, our team are always happy to help if you have any further questions. Please feel free to give us a call on 0207 952 1650 between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, or drop us an email to homeowners@underthedoormat.com.