Prepping for Guests

Published on December 1st, 2014

How to prepare your home for holiday guests


While some people love hosting house guests, others often have mixed feelings. These emotions depend on who the guest is, how long they really plan to stay, and how comfortable you are in your hosting abilities. After all, it’s a lot of pressure to make sure people are comfortable, entertained, and made to feel welcome. For those who don’t naturally take to hosting, the number one rule is to be prepared for anything and everything. If your cramped apartment doesn’t have room for guests, and you are considering a home, get a free rate quote using our multi-step calculator! This notion may be seem vast and overwhelming, but there are ways to anticipate the arrival of guests and their needs.


1. Stock the essentials: The bathroom is a very private place and guests need to feel like this area has been cleaned, prepared, and designated for them. The best way to do accomplish this is to stock the essentials. A quick trip to get extra toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, lotion, shaving cream, feminine products, etc. will help your guests feel welcome and even a little pampered. However, this stocking doesn’t end in the bathroom; guests will also appreciate clean towels, extra blankets, additional pillows, and a cleared space for their luggage in the guest bedroom. When it comes to stocking the space they’re sleeping in, it’s best to do what you can to make sure the room is clean and they have everything they need to feel comfortable.


2. Lighten up: While your big toe has become all too familiar with that weird corner in the hallway, your guest’s appendages are not. While most people like to sleep in pure darkness, the path to the bathroom and kitchen should be well lit. No one likes to feel trapped and adding a couple nightlights in the hallway, bathroom, and kitchen gives guests the freedom to move around at night (if needed) without worrying about waking the host or stubbing anything.


3. Create a self-service station: As mentioned earlier, hosting guests isn’t for everyone. However, if you make a food station where guests can easily assemble breakfast, lunch, or a late night snack, this pre-planning can make your life a lot easier. Rather than having to predict when others will be hungry and have them rely on you for every meal, help them feel at home by establishing a food station for them and keeping it well stocked.


4. Rest is okay: When planning activities to keep everyone entertained and having fun, it’s also best to allow for downtime. Traveling during the holidays can be stressful and many times, your holiday house guests may need a break when they arrive. It’s best to have some food and drinks at the ready when they arrive. You can make time to catch up, but it’s okay to give your house guests time to settle in and relax for a bit before whisking them away to a night full of activities.


5. Keep things casual and let them pitch in: The holidays are all about the food. When the holiday meal is ready to be prepared, let your guests pitch in if they ask. Allow them to set the table, pour the wine, or help with napkins. There is no need to try and be a five star hotel or treat your holiday visitors like royalty. After all, they’re really just here to spend quality time with you. Don’t lock yourself away in the kitchen for fear that asking for help will be a nuisance. You’re all family, right? No one is looking for formality – keep it casual and don’t hesitate to put them to work.


Opening your home to loved ones doesn’t have to be burdensome. If you follow just a few of these tips, you can be confident that your holiday guests will not only feel welcome but comfortable as well. Our vLoan team understands that the holidays can be stressful, but we also understand that what’s important is time with family. We also get joy from watching families find the home of their dreams. If you’re looking to buy, so you can one day have room for holiday guests, feel free to reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members today. We’re here to help families accomplish their goals of homeownership, so they can comfortably enjoy many more holidays to come.


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