Do you have relatives or friends staying over the holidays? We’ve put together these tips that turn you into the Hostess with the Mostest. Impress your house guests, give them the vacation of their lives, with no stress… and no mess! (That’s the Whizz way.)
Give them a Five-Star bathroom
What do you love most about the best five-star hotels you’ve been to? The bathroom, right? No need to buy them their own pricey: salon shampoo: save the toiletries from the hotels, or fill a jar with beauty and skincare samples. They will probably appreciate shampoo, lotion, sunscreen, soap or shower gels, relaxing foot lotions or soaks. You can line these up on the counter, or place them in a large, clear jar. Another beautiful spa touch: roll handtowels and lie them up on a bamboo or wicker tray. If you book a Whizz before your guests arrive, you can show off our trademark toilet seals and toilet roll stickers.
Teach the temperature controls
Everyone’s got their own idea of what’s too hot, too cold, and what’s juuuuuust right. Give them an extra throw blanket and show them where you keep extra linens. Teach them how to use your airconditioner or heater. And just in case they need a warm cuppa, leave a small water pot and a box of assorted tea bags, instant cocoa, and the other warm comforts of home.
All the fluff and no bother
Lay out fluffy towels (easy laundry tip: wash them with a tennis ball!) on the bed. On a more practical note, give your guests colored wash cloths so they can keep track of what’s theirs. You can also have these monogrammed and give them as parting gifts – a souvenir of their stay in your five-star home.
Light the way
This is your home, you know every nook and cranny, and can probably find your way through your home in pitch dark. Your guests, on the other hand, will need small key lights at night so they can get through the corridors without bumping into something. Leave on a lamp or corridor light, and show them where they can find Life’s Greatest Essentials – like the TV remote, the microwaveable Mac and Cheese, and (in case the Mac and Cheese doesn’t agree with them) the toilet plunger.
Ask about their food preferences
Are they allergic to any food? Do they have any dietary needs? Make a meal plan before they arrive, and Google for restaurants that can meet any special requirements (or, for the times you’re both too tired from sightseeing to cook, the restaurants that deliver!). It’s also best to stock up on small, single-serve snacks that they can find and nibble on between meals – especially if they’re coming from a different time zone and get hungry in odd times of the day!
Set up a charging station
All guests will appreciate a place where they can charge their phones, laptops, camera and video cam batteries, etc. Show them the sockets or be extra awesome and lend them a power bank. And needless to say, they’ll want to know how to access your home WIFI – print out the access codes on a card next to your charging station.
Give them local maps and guides
You want to entertain guests, but you also want to let them explore on your own. Provide street, bus and subway maps so they can move around. Clip the entertainment sections of your local paper or collect brochures and links for local sights, concerts and events that are running during their stay.
Print out emergency contact info
Aside from the usual fire, police and standard emergency numbers, give them your mobiles, office numbers, and alternative contact information. Other useful numbers: local cab companies, reservation numbers of nearby restaurants and takeout joints – anything that will make their life easier in case they can’t reach you.
Book a Whizz
You’ve got guests coming over. You want your home to look amazing, but why waste time cleaning when you can spend time with them? Leave the cleaning to us: we’ll prepare your home for their arrival, maintain it while you sight see, and clean up the mess when they leave.