One of the perks of owning a home is having the space and amenities to accommodate guests. Whether it’s family or friends, every homeowner wants to provide the best possible experience for their guests during their stay, whether it’s for a weekend or a longer period of time. However, giving your guests everything they’ll need no matter how long their visit lasts can take a little planning and preparation.
To make your guests feel truly at home the next time they arrive at your house, check out these tips from Blindster.
Prepare the guest bed with fewer—not more—pillows and blankets.
While it’s common for guest beds to be lavishly decorated with an assortment of pillows and blankets, all of these items can make your guests feel awkward and unsure of not only which items they should remove when it’s time to go to sleep, but also where to put them. Solve the dilemma for them by removing these items ahead of time and leaving just a few pillows for each guest on the bed and a few extras, along with extra blankets, near the bed. That gives them the choice of grabbing anything they need before they go to sleep without having to wonder where to stash the excess.
Stock your bathroom with the essentials.
While your guests probably packed everything they needed for a few nights or even weeks away from home, there’s still a good chance that they might have missed one or two essential items or that they will need to replace something during the trip. To eliminate the need for a last-minute trip to the supermarket, stock your guest bathroom with the essentials, including things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, shaving cream, body wash and shampoo, and even an extra hair dryer or curling iron.
Get any tech-related outlets, passwords, and connections ready to go.
The days of guests arriving and enjoying a few days “off the grid” are long gone. Instead, people expect to be connected to the Internet and their email at all times now. To accommodate your guests’ needs, either email them or write down your pertinent tech-related information, including your Wi-Fi network name, password, and any settings they need to enable on their laptops, smartphones, or tablets before connecting.
You should also prepare a space for your guests in case they need to get any work done or simply charge their gadgets. A small desk with an easily accessibly power strip will allow them to plug-in at night and stay on top of their emails and other persona or work-related communications.
Stock up your kitchen with snack foods, drinks, and the ingredients to make your guests’ favorite meals.
Before you head to the supermarket to pick up food for your guests, make sure you find out beforehand if they have any allergies. Sensitivity to things like eggs, wheat, dairy products, nuts, and other common ingredients can significantly change your grocery list, so only buy items that you know your guests can safely eat or drink.
If you enjoy cooking, it’s also a good idea to buy the ingredients for a few meals that you know your guests will love. While going out for dinner is a great way to bond with your guests, it’s tough to beat the enjoyment you’ll get from cooking their favorite meals and serving it at your own dinner table. Make sure to pair any meals with your guests’ choice of beverage as well, whether it’s wine, beer, or a specific type of soft drink.
When it comes to snacks, think light and easy. Potato chips and popcorn are great for something quick and easy, but you can also prepare snack trays with things like meats and crackers or vegetables and dip.
Consider your guests’ tolerance for pets and any possible allergies.
If you have pets, it can be tough to consider parting with them for even a brief period of time. Unfortunately, that may be a sacrifice you have to make if your guests are allergic or sensitive to animals like cats and dogs. Depending on the available room, you may be able to simply relocate your pets to another part of your house away from your guests. If no room is available, consider taking them to the home of a friend or relative while your guests are staying with you.
You should also make sure to clean up any possible allergens before your guests arrive, such as loose pet hair. Wash, vacuum, and wipe down any areas in your living room or guest bedroom where your pets sleep or lounge, including the comforter, pillows, couch, rug, and sheets.
Provide storage space for luggage, clothing, and other essential items.
Before your guests arrive, clear out space in a closet or other area in or near the guest bedroom for luggage storage. If possible, try to provide room in your closet for your guests to hang up their clothing and space in a spare dresser where they can fold things like t-shirts, socks, and underwear. Living out of a suitcase can be a drag for even the most well-seasoned traveler, and your guests are sure to appreciate being able to keep their clothes aired out and unwrinkled during the course of their stay.
Write down instructions for anything your guests need to know.
Whether you have a unique dishwasher, a confusing number of light switches, a newfangled security system, or a high-tech shower, make sure your guests understand how to operate anything that might be out of their comfort zone or realm of familiarity. It’s best to write down the instructions for anything that might confuse your guests to prevent any late-night mishaps or early morning misunderstandings.
Give your guests some time to themselves.
While it can be tempting to plan a packed itinerary for your guests and keep them busy and sightseeing every second of their stay, it’s also important to give them some time to themselves. Plan a day where you give your guests a chance to explore your city or simply a chance to relax and unwind. Whether they use it to catch up on work, take in the local sights and sounds, or simply lay back and enjoy the day is up to them, but chances are they will relish the opportunity to take the day at their own pace.