It’s not everyday you have guests over to your home. But when you do, you might feel pressured with how much you have to prepare.
However, you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to be a great host. You don’t need gourmet chocolates on the guest bed or towels wrapped up with fancy ribbons. Most people don’t have time for that.
All you need is common courtesy combined with a few often-forgotten niceties.
Here are some ways to make your holiday guests feel at home without having to go too out of your way.
Doing the prep work
There are a few places to prepare before your guests even arrive:
Welcoming your guests
When your guests arrive, it’s best to first show them where the guest bedroom and bathroom are (good thing you did all that prep work ahead of time, right?). This let’s them unwind and relax after a long trip.
Prepare a warm drink (coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, apple cider) to warm them up. Not that your furnace can’t warm them properly, but who doesn’t like a warm treat that can heat you from the inside, out?
Keeping guests comfortable
Finally, ensure that you keep your guests comfortable by improving the air quality and setting the temperature at a comfortable level.
One way to improve air quality is to use a whole-home humidifier, which is a great way to counteract winter’s dry air.
Dry air can cause uncomfortable symptoms like:
Let guests pick what they want the temperature to be at and make sure your furnace is working correctly by scheduling a furnace tune-up from a reputable heating company before your guests arrive.
Also, show your guests how to use the thermostat so they can change it in the middle of the night or when you’re not home, if they need to.
Following the Golden rule
When it comes down to it, ask yourself the Golden Rule: “If I was the guest, what would make me feel welcomed and comfortable?” Doing this helps you brainstorm different ways to make sure your guests are well taken care of.
At Service Champions, it’s our hope that these tips help you enjoy the time you have with friends and family this holiday season.
Have a happy holidays and a merry Christmas!
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