The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to prepare your home for Christmas parties, family gatherings and the inevitable surprise visitor. We understand that getting your home ready for guests is the last thing on your to do list, so we have suggested some helpful hints and tips to make your house feel like a home in no time!
The first thing your guests will see is the exterior of your property. By sweeping the front step, giving the front door a fresh lick of paint and cleaning the windows, your property will look well-kept and well presented.
Don’t let an untidy house stand in the way of a good time with guests. A quick dust and vacuum can make you feel much better about your home.
Lighting candles can be a lovely finishing touch, bathing your house in soft, flattering light, welcoming your visitors. Not to mention the wonderful aromas that fill your home, should you choose scented candles.
You might not notice the growing piles of toys and clothes lying around your home, but your guests certainly will. Try to tidy away any clutter or trip hazards that have become permanent fixtures around the house, (we all have them!)
If you have guests arriving by car, it is important to make parking stress free, especially if your guests are staying for a long period of time. Clear the drive and make room for visitors to park easily.
As much as we love our animals, there is always that one person who won’t. Try keeping your animals in one room or the garden if the weather permits. Then you can easily let them back in if your guests are pet-friendly.
Sometimes you want to go the extra mile to make your house feel homely, especially over the holidays when visitors are inevitable. Why not brighten up your home with festive plants or a vase of fresh flowers.
If flowers aren’t your thing, try filling a vase with fairy lights for a quick and easy centre piece that won’t need watering!
If your guests are staying for a while, why not treat them to their own soap. A cheap and easy way to welcome your visitors and make them feel at home.
If you really want overnight guests to feel special, provide a selection of books and magazines that you think they may like to read, by their bed. It could be a bestseller they’re desperate to read or a magazine they can’t live without.