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I can also recommend baking on the day your visitors are due to arrive, as there is nothing better than being met by the aroma of fresh bread or cakes and a pot of coffee. (I guess the same tips could apply throughout the house if you were marketing it for sale!)
Top Tip #1 - Make the Room Look Clean
Look at your room through the eyes of your guest and ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the floor clean?
- Are the windows clean?
- Does the woodwork look clean?
- Are the light and lamp fittings clean?
- Is there a layer of dust, soot or pet hair that shouldn't be there?
Top Tip #2 - Make the Room Smell Fresh
- Open the windows to air the room
- Vacuum thoroughly before you dust
- Air all bedding outdoors if at all possible
- Keep pets out of the room
- Cut a few fresh flowers, even herbs will do, from the garden and have them in a vase rather than use chemical room fresheners.
Top Tip #3 - Ensure the Room has all the Basic Essentials
It's amazing how much more at ease your visitors will feel if they don't need to keep asking where things are or where to put things. Make them feel at home, think of what you need and even what you like most about your favourite holiday accommodation.
- Clothes hanging space
- Bedside table with lamp
- A mirror
- A bin - it's amazing how many people overlook something as simple as a bin for use by their guests
- A clock - we don't all wear watches or carry mobile devices, you know.
Top Tip #4 - Home Comforts
Visitors want to feel relaxed and at ease when staying in a strange house A few home comforts never go astray, so you could consider the following:
- Clean towels
- Spare pillows
- Access to Wi-Fi (This is particularly important if, like me, you live in an area with no mobile signal.)
- Refreshments - coffee, tea, snacks (Nobody likes arriving hungry and then asking for something to eat, so don't forget to feed your guests. It's better to be prepared than to starve them.
- A place to sit other than on the bed - a comfy chair, perhaps?
Top Tip #5 - Entertainment and Space to Breath
Let's face it, if your guests are going to be staying for any length of time then neither you nor they will want to be in one another's faces twenty-four hours per day. Providing some light entertainment for them is always a good thing.
- Reading material, perhaps include some local interest stuff
- Radio, CD player and/or portable TV/DVD player - don't forget to tune in the radio and provide some CDs and DVDs
- Board games, crafting materials etc. It's amazing how much fun your guests can have once they know nothing in the room is off limits. Show them what is where and make sure they know it's OK to 'play'
- House rules - if you have any of these, make a fun wall hanging so it's plain to see. It can have things like allergy alerts, food likes and dislikes, meal times, any rotas, whether or not smoking is allowed in the house plus where to find basic essentials.
- Freedom to relax, unwind and feel at home - if they are staying awhile, consider making a key to the door available and tell them to bring their slippers.
Until next time,