Go Above Cleaning!

So obviously, your first priority should always be making sure that your home is spotless before your guests arrive and that there is no noticeable damage or neglect to the exterior of your house. This is rule #1 and should always be the first thing that you take care of when planning for your guests visit. Once this is done, you can start working on things to make your house stand out from others and make it look even more inviting.

Same Goes For Your Lawn

Needless to say, you don’t have to go through every blade of grass in your lawn and make sure they are all as clean as can be. But it doesn’t hurt to hire professionals, if you can afford to do so, to come out and do some work on your yard.

treeDepending on where you live, there are tons of landscaping or tree service companies that have years of experience in working with making trees or landscapes look natural and beautiful. Again, if you can afford to spend money on a professional it always helps to find a legitimate tree doctor in your area. These guys know their trees and you won’t believe how far some of the things they can do can go in regards to impressing your guests.

If you have a lot of greenery in your yard, it is important to shape your shrubs and brush naturally and so that they aren’t bulky and distracting. You should always use pruners or similar trimming tools that were designed and built to use on trees so that you don’t do any irreversible damage to them. Although this shouldn’t necessarily be your top priority, it really can show your guests that you are willing to go above and beyond to make sure that everything is kept up to the best of your abilities.

If your house doesn’t have any trees or shrubs at all, which is not uncommon, then keeping your lawn cut and clean is enough to show that you are taking some time and going out of your way for your guests.

 

More First Impression

In addition to making sure that your yard is presentable and maybe having some landscaping work done (more on this later), you want to make sure that the outside of your home is in just as good of shape.

Don’t Scare Your Guests Away!

As obvious as this may sound to most of you, it would surprise you how often I have seen people neglect the outside of their homes and focus too much on the inside. Although you generally do want to focus a little bit more on the inside and making sure everything is clean and comfortable, you never want to ignore any obvious signs of wear and tear on the exterior of your home.

rooffffHaving been in the bed and breakfast business for years now, my wife and I have made connections with others in the same field from many different states. I remember years ago a very good friend of mine wanted to try and enter the industry but did exactly what I am trying to warn you not to do.

Almost 100% of his attention went to the inside of his home and didn’t feel the need to keep up with the outside as much as he should have been. The roof and siding on his home wasn’t a disaster, but it was very noticeably neglected the moment you saw it and it greatly impacted his business. I finally convinced him to have a roofing Owasso contractor come out and do a complete tune up on his house and he saw the differences in attitudes from his guests almost immediately.

If the outside of your house is damaged or dirty, you better bet that your guests will automatically assume the inside is as well. Repairing the outside of your house will only benefit your business and make your guests experience that much more memorable. This applies to improving office or building exteriors for any business as well. The more presentable your business or homes exterior is, the better your first impressions will be.