With the holiday season right around the corner, it is time to get your house in tip-top condition for friends, family and out-of-town guests. Here are some suggestions to help make your guests feel as comfortable and at home as possible:
- Make the bed with clean sheets - This is the number one way to make your guest feel comfortable and cozy, so freshen up those linens before their arrival. If you made the guest bed with clean sheets several weeks ago, put the sheets in the dryer with a fragrant dryer sheet to refresh them a bit.
- Consider your guests’ food and drink preferences - Be sure your menu includes vegetarian and allergy friendly options if necessary. It also helps to keep the pantry and refrigerator stocked at all times in order to encourage them to feel at home.
- Gather books, magazines and local maps to place in their bedroom - Give guests something to read before they go to bed. It will also encourage them to get out of the house and hit up any local attractions.
- Set out toiletry and bedroom essentials - Provide your guests with spare towels, toiletries and an alarm clock. To add that extra touch, you can provide your guests with bottles of water, chocolates or flowers in a vase.
- Make sure there is adequate closet and drawer space - Prevent your guests from feeling clustered by emptying your guest room closet and providing them with a variety of hangers and space for their clothes, luggage and other items they may bring.
- Clean your entryway and have space for them to leave their shoes - After all, the entryway is the first room guests will see so why not have it spotless? In addition, plant a few pairs of your own shoes in a basket near the front door, that way guests will get the hint and take off their shoes as they enter.
- Write down household instructions - Offer guests a guide to using your key pads and remote controls. Collecting the different instructions and placing them in a three-ring binder is an easy way to keep instructions organized and convenient for your guests.
- Make a spare key - Depending on how long your guests are in town, making a spare key is a surefire way to make them feel at home. Give them the key when they arrive or hide one somewhere outside and let them know where it’s located so they can come and go as needed.
With company in your home, there are likely to be some accidental spills and stains they leave behind. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Rug Doctor Holiday Hotline at 1-800-Rug Doctor now until Feb. 1, 2013, where customer service representatives will be available to answer questions you may have about removing stains with our machines and products.
Lauren McCann, Rental Brand Manager and Spokesperson for Rug Doctor