You've put fresh sheets on the guest bed, or inflated the air mattress, and hung spare towels in the bathroom. You've tidied and you've stocked up on coffee and snacks. All ready for your houseguests? Almost.
One of the most stressful things about staying in someone else's home is just not knowing how things work. Shoes on or off? Where the heck are the paper towels? Is there something finicky about the hot water? (I once made a friend's roommate late for work when it took me half an hour to figure out how to use their shower.) Part of hosting is doing as much as you can to ease these worries.
Apartment Therapy has a good basic checklist of things to make sure to tell your houseguests so that they will not only have a place to sleep, but they will feel at home and comfortable the whole time they're under your roof, too.
- The Wi-Fi network and password.
- Where the extra toilet paper and plunger are. (Or just have a plunger out.)
- Which toiletries they can use.
- Where the outlets are in the guest room.
- How to lock up if they leave the house without you.
- Any quirks about your home. (Tricky light switches, auto-locking doors, backwards hot/cold on a tap, or weird noises they might hear during the night.)
Now go forth and host!
6 Things Everyone Forgets to Tell Their House Guests [Apartment Therapy]