When you are visiting a new place, what is it that makes you feel most at home? Is it a specific item or is it more a general feeling? With HomeExchange, there is no “perfect” way to welcome an Exchange Partner into your house, but there are a few things that are sure to show you took your hosting responsibility seriously. Here are just couple tips.
It is such a simple thing, but making sure that you have clean sheets on the beds and fresh towels in the bathroom go a long way to making any guest feel at home. It shows you care about their comfort and that you were thinking about them. After all, it’s never fun to reach for a towel and discover it is still damp from someone else. You might also run a vacuum around the floors or make a point to sweep. Those little things can do wonders.
It doesn’t have to be much, but clearing out a corner of your closet or a drawer in the bathroom is a great way to ease the transition from guest to Exchange Partner. Allowing them room on a bar to hang shirts or dresses, having a place to put their toothbrush or even making a spot for them to store their luggage is a way to show you want them to be comfortable.
Another easy way to have someone start to feel at home is by giving a little overview of your place. Explain how to use the WiFi and detail out the unique quirks with the dishwasher or shower faucet. Even a little guidance helps your Exchange Partner feel like they are not only welcome in your home but that they can easily find their way around without feeling out of place.
Many of our members choose to leave little gifts to welcome their Exchange Partners. No need to go crazy, but some of the best options are those that are from your area. Is your city known for its pottery? Perhaps wine is one of the premiere exports? Maybe certain fruits or vegetables are not available in the location your guests are from? Make it about giving your Exchange Partner a little taste of what they are to expect from their time in your home.
After a long time traveling, one of the last things you want to do is to think about what to eat. One of the perks of HomeExchange is that you have access to a kitchen. But you might still need to shop. Some members choose to leave a meal for their Exchange Partners to welcome them for their stay. They make their family’s favorite dishes or prepare a local delicacy and even leave written recipes for their guests to take home with them. It is also thoughtful to leave fresh milk, eggs and a few other items in the fridge. So… who’s making breakfast?
In the end, whatever you do, making a little extra effort is a great way to make your Exchange Partner feel more at home. Now back to you, what are some of the things you do to welcome your exchange partners? Have they done anything special for you that stands out? Leave your comments below.