How to Welcome Guests into Your Home
We spend so much time talking about the homes that we design; we often forget about the best part – the time that you get to spend in them with those that are most important to you. It was a little bit of a jolt to the system, when the team at Valley Windows realized this. After all, the purpose of the company is to build places that you want to spend the rest of your life in. Moreover, the purpose of this blog is to showcase the knowledge that we’re so passionate about! So, today, we’re not talking about the best ways to construct your home, to design your landscaping, or even to think about what the inside of your home looks like. We’re talking about the best ways to welcome guests into your home.
First things first, those that are going to be houseguests… And when we say houseguests, we mean that they’re sticking around for a while, and are going to use all of your amenities. Here, it’s important to give the lay of the land. Never assume that your guests are familiar with where they’re staying. Instead, no matter how tired they may be, give them a tour first thing. Show them all of your favourite parts of your homestead, so that they’re excited to be there and spend time with you. As BobVila says, “The vacation vibe starts for your guests the moment they walk in your door. To help them settle in and feel more comfortable, take time to show them around. Tell them where the water glasses are; give them a quick tour of your TV remote. If you anticipate their needs and make them feel at home from the start, they won’t feel like they’re bothering you for every little thing.”
Home is where the heart is, but the joy is in celebrating where you live. Give your visitors a day or two to settle in (if they’re sticking around for a while), and then share your recommendations for the best places around you to hang out. Know their interests in advance and think through the best ways for them explore the areas that mean the most to you.
Finally, think through storage space. They’re excited to see you, but that doesn’t mean that they should have to compensate on a less-than comfortable living experience. The best way to keep people coming back is to continue to build out easy spaces for your friends and loved ones to easily put away their clothes and belongings – and make them feel more at home. It should be easy enough to move things for a week or two, and the memories that you’ll receive in return excel far more in value.
As always, more to come. We know this is an area of expertise where we have tonnes of knowledge and are always happy to share. Questions? Comments? Let us know. We can’t wait to hear from you and start the conversation.