How to Host a Guest in Your Home
While the 21st Century has brought with it many changes to the way we live our lives, hospitality and the way to help overnight and extended stay guests feel welcomed whether family or friend has not. I included today a few tips to help you bring peace of mind to your special attendees!
While information is much easier to come by due to the internet it is always a kind gesture to gather information about potential areas of interest your guest might enjoy. Things like Wi-Fi passwords, crisis numbers, guidelines for utilizing your television or any streaming services and great spots to eat and have fun close by. This is also a polite way of letting your guests know what you are providing them from food to in-house “services’. While things like GPS are common it's still polite to provide a map for guests just in case.
Stocking Up for Visitors
Let's take another cue from the service industry. Think about visiting a hotel and the small supply of soaps and shampoos provided. The staff of the hotel has anticipated your needs. Nice hotels make sure that you have adequate towels, toiletries, and other necessary items. Being prepped may include internet access, fresh linens and towels, guest baskets (i.e. mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner, disposable razors, packets of single-dose medications like pain relievers and antacids, a bottle of water and a few snacks like some protein bars or a small bag of trail mix), space to unpack like a closet or cabinet and a recharging station that includes at least an empty power strip.
Keep Up Communication
Communication is everything and I can not say that enough. Before your guests even arrives you should shoot them an email or call them and ask some basic questions.
This communication can bring in health concerns including allergies, specific health concerns, details about their visit like duration. Continue this communication throughout their stay as good communication is paramount to fixing any issues or concerns and creating a better experience.
All Important Food
There is always the question on whether or not food is to be provided and this isn’t an easy question to answer as it takes into consideration many factors. You are more likely to provide food for someone you are close with such as friends or family as opposed to someone staying through AirBnB. It is common courtesy to at the very least provide snacks and drinks like the previous mentioned guest basket. If guests you are close with are staying more then two days it is polite to provide at least one home cooked meal. In some cases guests will offer to take you out as a way of thanking you for your hospitality.
You live in your city however we often begin to run on autopilot. Hosting guests is a great way to rediscover your town through the eyes of a traveler instead of the eyes of somebody just trying to make a living. Hit up local-search sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon and look for a new, unique place to eat, shop, and explore. Who knows, you may fall in love with your town all over again.