I often receive requests from individuals asking if they can come and look round my house to which I reply yes - of course - but at a price. After all - as the Good Book says; "The labourer is worthy of his hire" and as showing someone round takes up at least an hour of my time - then my minimum charge is £150. This may sound a lot but then a girlfriend of my wife's is getting divorced and is being charged £700 per hour by some grease ball divorce lawyer (is there lower species of life than a divorce lawyer?) - so frankly at £150 an hour I reckon I am cheap at the price. Obviously though this puts a tour out of reach of a lot of people so I - together with some other house owners in South West England have joined together to do something called -Invitation to View.
This idea originated in East Anglia and is simple. Houses such as mine designate certain days and times when they are willing to show people round their houses. People book in and pay in advance via the Invitation to View website and then turn up on the appointed day at the appointed time and get my undivided attention. It is good for me because normally there are between ten and fifteen people each paying £15 a head for 'a tour and tea' and good for people interested in crumbling piles such as mine which are not normally open to the public. Everyone - in other words - is a winner.