ARRRGHHH!! thats just how I felt when showing the timewasters around...everytime we had a viewing, id spend a good 2 hours cleaning the house...getting myself all in a dither...for them to spend 10 mins looking around, saying its lovely - then hearing the negatives from the agents the next day! Every time I promised myself that I would nt go mad cleaning and tidying it because it was just a waste of time.......but no, I still did it.
It will happen.....just really hang in there.
Sorry you're not making the midlands meet on the 23rd...hope to see you in oz..(when you get the visa!)