You’re getting ready for people to visit your Greensboro, North Carolina, home. Beyond picking them up at the airport and scheduling fun activities, you’ve got some prep work to do so your guests feel comfortable staying in your home. From fixing up the guest room to providing them with the necessary information about your house and the city in general, get started a few days before they arrive so you’re not rushing, and they find a welcoming environment.
Set up the Guest Room
Have the guest room all ready before your guests arrive. Change the sheets, add a nice comforter, and arrange the pillows. Think about putting fresh flowers or a candle in the room to give it a nice scent. Put a spare phone charger and a few toiletries on the bedside table. Don’t have a guest room? Don’t worry. Wherever they’re staying, create a nice corner of the house. Make up the air mattress or the couch bed, and provide extra amenities like toiletries and a reading lamp so they can get cozy.
Give Them Nice Air to Breathe
Change your HVAC air filter before your guests arrive, so they have the freshest air to breathe. If you have pets, be extra vigilant with the vacuum and the lint roller the day before the guests arrive. Get a filter-based air purifier for their room and run it for a few days before they get there. However, avoid the kind that uses ozone because it can exacerbate certain allergies. If it’s not too hot or cold outdoors, open the windows for a few hours to air out the space and bring in the clean air.
Go Grocery Shopping
Before your guests come, ask them about food preferences and allergies. Do they need to have a cup of coffee with cream in the morning? Are they midnight ice cream snackers? Stock up on food for the household, and make sure you have extra for your guests. Buy a few things you know they like so they feel at home. If you plan to prepare them meals while they visit, buy all the ingredients ahead of time so you don’t have to dart off to the store while you’re hosting.
Compromise With the Thermostat
Your guests are only going to be with you for a few days, so if they like a different thermostat setting than you, compromise. After all, you don’t want them to be too cold or too hot while they’re staying with you. You don’t have to radically alter your programmable settings. Just bump them up or down a few degrees while your guests are there. It won’t impact your energy bills very much, and you can change it back when they leave.
Provide Necessary House Information
Make a list of things guests should know while they stay with you. Tell them the Wi-Fi network name and password. Explain how to use the TV remote if yours is complicated. Give them the code to the garage door and offer them spare keys. If your house has any foibles, like creaking stairs or funny faucets, give your guests a heads-up about that, too. Finally, a little information on your neighborhood, like pretty streets for walking or the nearest coffee house, is also a fabulous idea.
Sync up Your Schedules
Ideally, you won’t have to go to work or adhere to other obligations while you have guests. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Let them know which days you have to go to the office, and tell them about your morning routine. That way, they can ask for things in advance and know not to plan a shower when you’re about to have yours.
One last thing to consider. If your HVAC system is acting up, call Air Treatment before your guests arrive. We’ll send a technician out to take a look and make any repairs you may need. The last thing you want is the AC going out while your summer guests are visiting! Call us today at 336-790-3206 to schedule a time.
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