You’re readying your New Jersey home for houseguests. You want them to feel welcome, comfortable, and — dare we say it? — maybe even a tad envious of your hosting prowess.
No need to moonlight at hospitality school. Airbnb hosts with tons of great reviews supplied these quick, easy (and cheap!) ideas to turn your New Jersey home into a vacation haven. Be careful, though – Team Nest Builder cautions your guests may not want to leave!
#1 Stock Up on Extra Chargers and Cords
A dead phone equals getaway misery, so set out a bowl holding power strips and cords, outlet converters, and even an iHome speaker. Nothing sets the stage for feeling at home IRL like feeling at home digitally. And that includes posting your Wifi name and password in the guest room so they don’t have to bug you!
#2 Offer Sample-Size Toiletries in Your Bathroom
Put your stockpile of Sephora samples and hotel toiletries to good use. Tiny shampoos and lotions arranged in a basket or vintage apothecary jar are both welcoming and practical.
#3 Raise Your Cleanliness Standards
When you miss a dust bunny at home, it’s just your own skin flakes and dried up sneezes in your own corner. To guests, it’s disgusting at best and insulting at worst. So clean it all. Scrub the entire bathroom, including the toilet, sink, bath, and floors.
#4 Give It Your Personal Touch
Scatter pictures and family treasures throughout your home. Frame a couple of your childhood photos and hang them alongside mementos from your own travels. Let your guests discover that you were drum major of your high school marching band!
#5 Put a Radio in the Bathroom
Your guests may like to sing along in the shower, but the real reason for putting tunes in the bathroom is to provide them with plenty of, well, privacy. Add an essential oil diffuser or poo-pourri drops, too!
#6 Set Up a DIY Cafe
Got early bird guests? Set out a coffeemaker in their room along with a well-stocked basket of coffee and tea. To pull this off right, ask how they take their coffee in advance, and stock up appropriately.
#7 Designate Drawer and Closet Space Just for Guests
If your guest room closet could be featured on Storage Wars, it’s time to rethink your stuff strategy. Donate your to-be-re-gifted pile and sell those designer jeans you’ll never fit into again to make room in the closet and dresser for guests. Label a few guest drawers and crack the closet so guests realize there’s space (and empty hangers) to hang their clothes.
#8 Fancy Yourself a Travel Agent
Give guests a New Jersey local’s-eye view by filling a basket with menus from nearby restaurants, brochures from local businesses that cater to tourists, and a current issue of your community newspaper. It’s a great way for guests to feel like a local and customize their time in your town.
#9 Hang a Robe – or Two – in the Closet
Help your guests feel right at home by hanging a couple of cozy (and freshly laundered), one-size-fits-all robes in the guest-room closet. Not only can they wear their pajamas to breakfast without feeling self-conscious, but they’re also super-comfy and great to wrap up in after a shower.
#10 Expect the Unexpected with Extra Personal Supplies
And let your guests know where they are so they won’t feel guilty for bothering you (or worse, go without!). Here’s a list of things to keep in stock: Disposable razors; toothbrushes/toothpaste; first-aid kit; towels/pillows/blankets; umbrella; flashlight; replacement light bulbs
Team Nest Builder feels being the perfect host is perfectly achievable. With a little forethought, you’ll start racking up your own stellar reviews from visitors to your New Jersey home! Have they fallen in love with your town, too? Have them give Lynn Garafola at Team Nest Builder a call at 973-222-3777 to schedule their FREE new home consultation!
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Source: HouseLogic.com/Lisa Rogak