When people choose your home, instead a Hotel, they are putting aside the hotels standardization and formality and looking for something more genuine and informal.
Most of the times they want to experience how it’s like to live as a local, so it’s your duty to give your guest that feeling of belonging and making his life easier.
Below I’m going to give you 7 tips about crucial things that guests love you have at your home.
1) Wi-Fi internet/Hotspot Wi-Fi
Nowadays everyone has internet in their smartphones, with free calls (Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime…). So, the first thing your guest will ask you is how to connect the internet to his devices.
Be sure you have an unlimited, fast wi-fi at your home and keep the Name of the Network and Password visible to the guest.
If you have the option of having a mobile Hotspot at your Home, that is really a “Plus” for the guest. For example, my guests can take the mobile hotspot in their pocket and have internet connection everywhere. This option is really good for people who travel on Work.
2) Transport Information and Tickets
Usually, when guests visit a City, they study everything about the History, Monuments, Museums and Food, and the rest they manage when they arrive… But then, they waste a lot of time looking for buses and metro stations and timetables.
So, it’s very important you collect as much information as possible about the buses and metro stations around your home and put it visible to the guests. For my guests I always leave some charged tickets, valid for bus and metro. It’s not that expensive for you and they just love your attention.
3) Umbrellas for rainy days
How many of you have arrived in a City in a sunny day and the next one it’s raining? Many, I think…
I strongly advise you to have some cheap umbrellas and hats at your home and tell your guests about it. Believe me, more guests than I expected used those umbrellas!
4) Grocery for Cooking
Travelers also prefer houses, because they can save money, cooking some meals at home. So, it’s very important your kitchen is well equipped and functional.
Usually, guests have breakfast and dinner at home and lunch out. Don’t forget to have a coffee machine, Coffee (choose one really good), Sugar and also a Toaster. It’s breakfast time!!
I must tell you, guests don’t like to go to the supermarket and buy grocery. It´s expensive and it’s sold in great quantities! They just love to buy fresh like fruit, vegetables, milk of the day, juice…
Take some time and buy it yourself. Try to buy olive oil, vinegar, spices, salt, rice, pasta, canned tuna and sardines…
They won’t use everything and the rest stays for the next guest!
5) Extra Linen/Towels
Remember what I said at the beginning about Hotels? Guests don’t look for standardization? That’s true! They don’t look for your “logo” in every bath towel or bed sheet, and they don’t look for a housemaid to do their beds and clean their toilet!
But, they expect for clean towels and linen, and of course for some Extra ones. Accidents can happen, and they might have to change.
If you have this care, as well as leaving cleaning tools and detergents, your place will be very tidy.
If you give, you’ll receive back.
6) Recycling Bins
Guests who like cooking and eat at home, do a lot of garbage, so they love having bins for organics, plastic, paper and glass.
Buy one, or do it yourself painting three paper/plastic boxes.
This way, the organics will be less heavy for guests to take out when they leave. If they have lots of garbage bags to take along with their luggage, they will think twice and leave the garbage at home.
The plastic, paper and glass can remain at home for longer periods without smelling, so tell them just to do the separation at home and you take care of the rest.
7) Shopping Bags
In most countries, you have to pay for the bags in the supermarket, and travelers usually don’t have this concern.
But, if you want the guest to feel like home, provide him at least three cotton bags, easy to put on his bag.
Of course, these are just few things among many others that can make your guest’s stay more comfortable, easier and near the community.
Now, I challenge you to take a few minutes thinking “The Things You Have” to make The Perfect Stay for your guests!