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5 Ways to Make Your Guest Room More Comfortable

Categories: Community, Home Design, Lifestyle, Other | Posted: January 29, 2017

Add a Seating Area to the Room

If space is available, consider setting up a small seating area in your guest bedroom. This will give them a place to set their items down and gives them another area other than the bed to relax in private. Try arranging this area by a window so they can enjoy the natural light while reading a book or surfing through social media. If limited on space, one chair or even a chaise lounge can accomplish the same feel.


Have Extra Toiletries Available

Going on a trip can be stressful for anyone. Many times the items we tend to forget are the ones we use every day in our bathroom like tissue, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, etc. Before they arrive, walk down the to-go toiletries aisle at the supermarket to stock up on those needed items. Most times they are only $1-$3 a piece! This will give them the relief they need when they realize that they have forgotten some belongings at home. Even let them know that you have left some extras in their guest bathroom in case they need it, so they don’t have to feel uncomfortable asking you about it.


Learn More About Your Guest Before They Arrive

Sure, you may know what they like to drink or where they like to eat, but it’s a completely different ball game when someone comes to stay with you for a few days. Take the time to learn a little bit more about how they live, especially if you have an itinerary planned for them during their stay. Do they like to do their hair every morning? Do they like to sleep in late? What kind of foods do they love to have in the fridge? Are they a breakfast person? Get to know your guest’s living style so that you can accommodate them better.


Make Sure Everything is Functioning

When your guest room has been vacant for a while, it’s easy to assume that everything is still working properly, but that’s not always the case. Do the lamps need new lightbulbs? Does the toilet flush with no problem? Does the water for the shower get hot enough? Is the TV easy to use? Take the time to check these items before they arrive so that you know they will be comfortable staying in their room from the moment they check in.


Wi-Fi Password

It may seem silly, but this is a common request of many guests who stay with you for a couple of days or who are just there for a couple of hours. Make it easy for them to access by having it on display in your guest room. Print out your Wi-Fi credentials on card stock paper and place it in a frame to set on the dresser. Pick out a cute, stylish one that will add some flair to your room’s decor!

How long before I need to touch up stain or sealer on exterior wood products?

Categories: FAQs, Warranty | Posted: January 19, 2017

Exterior features such as posts and exterior doors should be re-stained or resealed every 6-12 months.

Tips to remember before re-staining or resealing your exterior wood features.

  • Clean exterior of doors and posts with a damp cloth then come back with a dry cloth to remove any dust and dirt that has accumulated on the surfaces.
  •  If you have glass panes on your doors, be sure to use tape around the edges to protect the glass from the stain or sealer. Blue painters tape is a good tape to use with easy removal. Once you have completed the finish, remove the tape immediately.
  • Do not use razor blades or sharp objects to clean the glass or to remove the tape. These items will scratch the glass.

If the front of your home receives a lot of sun exposure, facing the east or west, the exterior wood features may need to be examined more frequently due to fading from the direct sunlight.

Any changes to the characteristics of your exterior doors and posts are perfectly normal, only reflecting the natural aging process of the wood elements and should not be considered as defects.