Expecting to host some guests this summer or in the coming year? Let’s face it. We don’t all have Martha Stewarts’ skills when it comes to entertaining guests. However, we do want our guests to feel comfortable and welcomed in our home. There are simple ways to do so that do not involve taking a class on interior design or watching hours of HGTV. Making guests feel welcome is all about the details.
Whether your guest room is large or a very small one here are some things you can do to make your guest(s) feel at ease. Let’s start with the most obvious.
- Comfortable bed. Have you slept on the bed? If not, you should. How is the mattress? Your guest room bed should be the best that you can afford. The sheets should be soft and the blankets cozy. Thinking of using an older bed? How about upgrading the sheets to a higher thread count for more comfort. Blankets don’t have to be expensive to be cozy. Have extra blankets available in the winter and a light blanket available in case your guest(s) feel(s) chilly at night.
- Lighting. Make your guests feel right at home with a lamp on the night stand or over the headboard. It is perfect for those guests who like to read in the evenings. Add a few books to the nightstand that you think your guest may enjoy for a personal touch.
- Towels. The one question always asked. Where are your towels? Eliminate this by placing extra towels in the room. There are several ways to do this. If there is room in the closet you can place them there. Or, use a cute rattan basket and fill it with towels for their use. Place an empty basket in the room for used towels to help keep the room tidy. No space for this? Place a few towels folded on the bed for them instead.
- The little things. We all have forgotten to pack certain items at one time or another. Have commonly used items available in the room. Things such as an extra phone charger or an iPhone charging station on the nightstand come in handy. Have travel size shampoos, conditioners and soaps available in a small basket. A note with the WiFi password so they don’t have to ask you for it or use their data while staying in your home. Do your guests drink coffee? A mini Keurig machine in the room can make coffee, tea or even cocoa. Who doesn’t want to cuddle up in cozy blankets with a steaming cup of goodness?
- Luggage Rack. Luggage racks are ideal for guests. You wouldn’t want them to constantly grab items out of the luggage from the floor. The luggage rack lets them access items with ease. A bench at the foot of the bed or chair could also serve this purpose.
- A place for clothes. Your guest room closet may already be occupied with out of season clothing, old trophies or boxes of mementos. If so, be sure there are a few drawers in the dresser that they can use to store their clothes or personal items while they are visiting.
Keeping these things in mind should make your guests feel both welcomed and comfortable during their stay. Add a special touch such as fresh flowers of the season, cinnamon pinecones in the winter, or a special treat for them to snack on.
But what if you don’t have a guest room? If you have been thinking about converting one of your current rooms or add a room to your home you may be able to do so with a refinance loan. A cash-out refinance could help you make those renovations.
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