5 Tips to be More Hospitable

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Make your guests feel welcomed. Photo: Blog.greenlakeguesthouse.com

Make your guests feel welcomed. Photo: Blog.greenlakeguesthouse.com

Home is where the heart is, so what better way to share your love than to open up your home to new friends. But let’s face it- you’re no stranger to your home. So when it comes to hosting guests, you’ll need to take a moment and re-examine your place with a different mindset. The key to being a perfect host is planning ahead and planning smart. Read on for our five tips on being a hospitable host at hotel you!

Think Space

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Photo: Caitlinwilson.com

Whether it’s a room or whole apartment that you plan on renting, you’ll need to assess the space. Is there plenty of room to move around comfortably? Does the walls need a touch-up coat of paint? Are your A/C and heater functioning properly? By thinking broadly about the structure, condition and layout of your space, your guests will really thank you when it comes to the comfort of their stay.

Keep it Clean

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Photo: Ofcoursemag.wordpress.com

Nothing is worst than staying in a messy, unorganized space, so be sure to tidy up before your guests arrive. And if your guests are planning on staying for just the weekend or the whole summer, you’ll need to come up with a cleaning schedule for you (or a cleaning handbook for them) to ensure that the home and lawncare are taken care of efficiently.

Be Considerate

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Photo: Designshuffle.com

Treat others how you would want to be treated – this is the golden rule for a reason! What are some things that you appreciate when you stay at a great hotel? Is it a set of extra room keys or towels? The list of local attractions and restaurants? Try to incorporate these ideas on your smaller scale. A set of extra keys or towels may seem trivial, but to anyone with a large family knows that they will come in handy!

Offer and Ask

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Photo: Mycolortopia.com

A simple offer to help goes a long way and for shy guests, asking if they need anything can be a god-send. The tricky part is not to over-extend yourself and offer too much. Think about what you can manage with your other commitments and don’t promise anything you won’t be able to deliver. Offering too much means an unenjoyable visit this time and next time too.

Chill Out

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Photo: Remodelista.com

Most often your guest are on vacation and are wanting to relax and kick back. Overbooked itineraries and tight schedules are an easy way to stress out you and your guests unnecessarily. Have some fun ideas ready in case your guests want to venture out, but keep them as just that, suggestions. You’ll notice a more relaxed visit is a better one!

 

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