Host quality charter
This doesn’t mean you need to complicate your life!
You simply need to offer your Guests something that will give them a good time in your city. For example, there’s nothing better than cooking together to bring people closer to one another and to give them amazing memories.
1. You're having a good time
2. Your Guest is having a good time
In order to achieve these things, the best thing to do is: communicate. Simple!
Do you have a question, are you having difficulties understanding what your Guest is saying/doing, do you need the bathroom earlier in the morning, did you ask your Guest to tidy up their bedroom but they haven’t done it? Did they make too much noise last night, do you have to go away for dinner when they were counting on you, are they asking you to use your personal mobile phone to help them out ? Did they not clean up their dishes last night… The list could be endless and a lot of these situations can be tricky to handle when you are sharing a home with someone. To handle them in the best way possible, with the best outcome for everyone, all you need to do is to talk about it. Put on your best smile and say things nicely, it’s the best policy!
To guarantee you the best experience possible with them, it is essential to talk to them before their arrival. This will allow you to plan practical things for their arrival (transport, time of arrival etc.). This seems very obvious but it is also the most important! Skype, Messenger, Whatsapp, iMessage, emails…. there are lots of options to get in touch with them!
Finally, there they are!
You organised everything with your Guest and you are ready to welcome them. The moment of their arrival is getting closer and you finally hear the bell ring! Wear your best smile and put your Guest at ease. This moment of the trip can be difficult for the Guest as they might be tired from their trip; after doing the tour of the house with them and handing over the keys, offer them a chance to rest!
- Space in your cupboards: give them a welcoming feeling by leaving enough space so they can unpack their bags and not live out of a suitcase.
- An adjustable heater: ask your Guest about the temperature in their bedroom and try to accommodate their requests.
- Airing: say no to bad smells! Smell could ruin what is otherwise a clean and tidy room. To avoid this, just open your windows everyday…
- Kitchen equipment: the Guest will have access to the kitchen and everything in it. If you wish your Guest to not use anything specific (such as a certain appliance), we suggest you put it somewhere safe where the Guest can’t find it. Make sure you leave your Guest some space in the fridge and cupboards.
- Desk: Your Guest must be provided with a desk in their room so they can work comfortably.
- Bathroom towels: you need to provide your Guest with bathroom towels and change them at least once a week.
- Sheets: You need to provide sheets and change them at least once a week.
- Washing machine: your Guests are used to having easy access to a washing machine in their own home; let them know if you will take care of their clothes or if the Guest needs to take care of it themselves, in which case, teach them clearly how to use the washing machine.
- Bathroom: see the “bathroom” paragraph
We can’t say this enough…
On the one hand, sharing an apartment or house requires both of you to be respectful of one another’s habits. On the other hand, welcoming someone to your home asks you to be open minded and flexible. So don’t be surprised to find your Guest in a room that you are not used to sharing. If their presence in some rooms of the house is a problem, let him know with a big smile and in a very courteous way. Once again, communication is the key!
- To make their stay the best it can be, there are two keys to success