Thursday, November 3, 2016

Stop Picky House Guests In Their Tracks With These Tips For A Welcoming Home

Even the most house proud people can sometimes become unintentionally blase about their property. We spend nearly every day of our lives in our homes - so seeing the same things every day means that we start to stop noticing the little things. In a way, it's almost like becoming immune to the appeal of your home. But there are some people who will always notice every little thing about your home, and these people are guests. Of course, we all tidy up a little bit before guests arrive; picking up your child's toys here and there, and giving the surfaces a wipe down. But guests can be picky, and if they've never been to your house before you're going to want to make the ultimate first impression. Here are the unusual things that guests will notice about your home, and what you can do to make sure you always defy expectations.

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The exterior

Your home from the outside is the first thing people see when they arrive. But even with that in mind, it tends to be one area that a lot of us neglect in favour of the inside of our properties. But if your home's exterior is looking a bit lacklustre, there's never been a better time to improve it. Get your old lawnmower out of the garage and give your lawn a little bit of love. An unruly, unkempt lawn only gives the impression that the inside of the house will be like that also. Don't forget to spruce up your driveway too - a company such as Driveway Sealers will be able to help you make it look as good as new. A lick of paint on your front door and a couple of potted plants either side will also help to give it a new lease of life, and a welcoming look for any visitors.

The hallway

The hallway is the first part of the interior that you guests see. Plus, it is where they will probably store their possessions whilst they are in your home. Therefore having a clean and organised entryway is critical for giving your guests a good impression of your home. A good chest of drawers means you can pop things in there that would otherwise just clutter up this area - post and keys, amongst other items. Instead of slinging coats over the bannister, get a rack of hooks for people to hang their coats on. This is courteous, as they don't need to worry about their coats getting creased this way too.

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The smell

Going 'nose blind' is something that happens to all of us at some point. We spend so long in our own homes that we can often become oblivious to certain odours, especially those that hang around for long periods of time. However, there is nothing worse than being a guest in someone else's home and having to put up with a less-than-appealing smell the whole time! Ask a trusted friend honestly if your house smells, and if so, set about freshening it up. Make sure you air your house out by opening windows regularly and using odour eliminating sprays. If you can't stand the artificial smell of these sprays, scented candles and incense sticks do the job just as well.


xxo
Kim

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