Having house guests visit you for the first time is an exciting but nerve wracking event. You want to be sure to make them comfortable without making yourself crazy during the time they are staying. If you’re wondering how you can make a good impression on your house guests when you haven’t been in your first home for very long, here are some tips from the professionals at the Core Group.
Put Yourself In Their Shoes
It’s practically a guarantee that your guests will forget things, and unless you want to spend time driving them back and forth to a store, you should prepare by stocking up on these things. A great way to start making a list of the items your guests may need is to think of the items you have forgotten when you traveled on vacation before. Some of the most likely items that people forget when traveling include:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Contact lens solution and case
- Soap and shampoo
- Pain Relievers like Tylenol or Advil
Stock Up On The Staples
While in your home, there are some household staples that visitors will use and consume, and these are typically items you don’t want to run out of. For example, you don’t want to run out of toilet paper in the middle of the night. Some of the household items you can expect to go through at a rapider pace than normal include:
- Toilet paper
- Bottled water
- Paper towels
- Dishwashing detergent
- Garbage bags
Put Snacks on Your Shopping List
It’s hard to predict exactly what guests will want to eat, but it’s a safe bet that they will want snacks at some point. Simple things like sliced fruits and vegetables, pretzels, mixed nuts and granola bars are all good options for visitors to grab and graze on during the day between meals or if they wake up looking for a midnight snack. Display these items on trays on in large bowls in the kitchen to make them easy to find.
Test Your Guest Room
In many homes, the guest room furniture is not used very often and especially not by the homeowner. The issue with this is that you may never know if the bed is uncomfortable or the pillows are saggy. Guests certainly aren’t likely to tell you. Before your guests arrive, try out the space and make sure they will be comfortable. Test the pillows, mattress and lighting to make sure it is all ready for your visitors.
Don’t Sweat The Small Details
Visitors are coming to see you, not to analyze the way your home is decorated. While everyone has finishing touches they want to put on every room of the home, trying to complete these things while preparing for guests to come can be unnecessarily stressful. Prioritize the tasks you want to complete around your home, and take time over the week before your guests arrive to get as many as you can done.
If you’re looking for a property to call home with enough room to accommodate guests, the Core Group can help. Contact us to get started looking for a home in the Central Florida area.