One of the things you can do during the holidays is to host relatives or other family members in your house. This is a great way of showing appreciation and gratitude to them.
Before you make your spare room available for guests, however, you’ll want to spend some time getting it ready. If you haven’t had visitors staying in your home for quite a while, your extra room may not look or feel accommodating. So take proactive measures that get that room prepped as early as possible.
Here are 10 ideas to create a guest room that impresses visitors:
- Clean Weeks in Advance
Never clean your home at the last minute. You’ll likely miss cleaning the important spots when you’re in a hurry. Instead, come up with a cleaning schedule that spreads out the tasks over days and weeks.
Here’s an example: On Mondays, you could clean the toilet. On Tuesdays, dust your living room and take out the trash. Although devoting time for cleaning each day can get annoying, you’ll simplify the process and keep your house in excellent shape.
- Prepare the Guest Bed
If the mattress has seen better days, replace it with something new and comfy. Also, use fresh linens to help your visitors enjoy a good night’s sleep.
- Let Your Guest Adjust the Room Temperature and Humidity
Your visitors may have preferences on the temperature they want for their room. If possible, provide a thermostat that allows them to regulate the room temperature. Also, havehome humidifiers and dehumidifiers ready to allow guests to adjust the room humidity to their liking. Your goal is to make sure your guests feel comfortable for the entire duration of their stay.
- Create a Local Guide
If your guests plan to tour around the city, make a local guide just for them. Note down your favorite restaurants that highlight your delicious, go-to meals. Then, come up with a list of your favorite tourist spots along with notes on why they should check these places out.
- Create a Signature Scent
Follow the lead of premium hotels and make a signature scent that will make your home unique. Use a room spray or diffuse essential oils to give your room a “homey” vibe. You could also light up a lavender-scented candle to help guests reduce travel stress.
- Stock the Bathroom
Your guests will be using the bathroom to attend to their personal hygiene needs. So, provide bathroom amenities for them, such as washcloths and towels. If you have expired shampoo and other old body care products lying around, throw them out and replace them with new ones. Your guests will only be staying for a few nights, so you might as well give them top-quality products that they’ll love.
- Arrange Delicious Meals for Your Guests
Cooking for more people in your household can be time-consuming and stressful. The good news is that you could prep and freeze meals in advance for your guests. If your visitors want a hearty meal for breakfast, you could reheat those frozen meals on a microwave or oven and serve that to them.
If your guests just want a light snack, stock your kitchen with ready-to-eat food items, such as bread, cereal, and energy bars. This way, guests can grab whatever food is available without feeling the need to bother you.
- Help Visitors Stay Connected
Don’t let weak Wi-Fi prevent your guests from accessing the internet properly. Get a Wi-Fi range extender to boost the signal inside your home. If this isn’t possible, offer a cable connection that lets your guest connect to the web. This allows guests who travel with laptops to get some work done or check e-mails.
- Give Your Guests Some Privacy
Select window coverings that offer light control and privacy, as well as add character to the guest room. If you want to keep the dÃ©cor simple, install blinds.
- Provide Entertainment
If your guests will be spending most of their time at home, buy a few magazines or books for them to read. Simply leave them in your living room or the guest room.
You could also let your visitors watch television if you have a TV set to spare. Just give them the remote and let them watch a few movies or shows from the comfort of their room.
These 10 suggestions can enhance the overall stay experience of your guests. By thinking of the elements seen in any fine hotel accommodation, you’ll be on your way to making a guest room that looks and feels like a premium hotel.