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From 17 May, it’s hoped that most social contact rules (outdoors) will be lifted and groups of six or two households will be able to meet indoors. We’re sure you can’t wait to invite loved ones back into your house, either for a coffee and catch-up or an overnight stay. But the question is – is your home ready to receive visitors?

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How to prepare your home for guests:

Tidy up

First impressions count so, given that visitors will be greeted with the hallway and staircase when they step over the threshold, you want to make sure that everything is kept tidy and clutter-free.

That means picking up toys that have been left in the hall, making sure that shoes aren’t left on the stairs, and giving everywhere (including the porch and pavement) a quick sweep to remove any dirt or debris. And if your staircase is looking a little worse for wear, now is the ideal time to give it a new lease of life – either with new staircase parts, like the ones Wonkee Donkee Richard Burbidge supply, or a fresh coat of paint.

Clean up

Your home is something that you invest a lot of money into, and it’s only right you want to keep it clean and presentable. However, never has it been more important to have a clean house than it is now – and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces regularly can help to lower the risk of infection. 

So, what are you waiting for? Don your rubber gloves and give everything a good wipe down with a cloth and your favourite cleaning products – not forgetting the mirrors, doors and handrails. It’s also a good idea to hoover the floor in each room (as well as the stairs if carpeted) and mop or steam tiled floors.

Stock up

Whether you’re inviting friends round for a home-cooked meal or you have family staying over, you must consider their food preferences. Knowing if they have any special dietary requirements (i.e. food allergies, vegan or vegetarian, etc.) will allow you to make sure that the fridge is appropriately stocked. And let’s face it, you don’t want to run out of tea, coffee and biscuits!

For those staying over, it’s a good idea to stock up on toiletries, towels, blankets and magazines too, and let them know they can help themselves to things. You want to ensure they have everything they need for a comfortable stay and to feel at home.

Create space

Do you have a dedicated place for coats, shoes and bags or are you constantly tripping up over them? Often, shoes are left by the front door whilst coats and bags are hung on the balustrade.

One thing to do before you welcome guests into your home is to make room for such items. You could buy a shoe rack or cupboard to go near the door to keep footwear out of the way, add coat hooks to the wall in the hallway or pantry or leave plenty of room in cupboards and wardrobes.

And there you have it. Hopefully, these four suggestions will help you to get your home ready for when it’s time to welcome people back.

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