Fixing up your home is just like wearing makeup; it is important to you as it is to those who get to have a look. As a homeowner, you want guests only to see the best part of your house when they visit. If wondering where to concentrate your focus, here are five things guests will notice about your house.
First impressions matter a lot. The first thing people see when they enter your home is the door and passage that leads to your living space. If you have some form of decor on your entry, like plants or artwork, ensure that the plants are well tended to, they do not shed leaves over the floor, and are watered to maintain color. Artwork should be well hanged and aligned to the wall structure. If you are one of the people who have a shoe place on the entryway, ensure that there is an order with the pairs. A shoe rack or not, shoes should be cleaned off of dirt and arranged in neat order. If you have a mat at the door, whether inside or out, clean it out. Uncleaned mats harbor too much dust, which can go into the house. If you need to replace a door, consider slab doors. With a slab door, you can keep the existing door frame and just put up the door, saving time and money.
Guests are easily turned off by bad smells. Keeping your house clean is one of the best ways to achieve this. Open up the windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Good ventilation ensures that clean air circulates inside the house. Boiling water and placing in a few citrus peels is one of the oldest ways to freshen up the air. You can also use a humidifier with a few nice smelling essential oils infused to give the house a nice and fresh smell that guests will enjoy. Just ensure you do not overdo it.
As a homeowner, it is easy to ignore a sink full of dirty dishes, a bunch of books under the table, toys in the living room, or a bunch of shoes in the hallways. A guest may not. Storage is a very important part of any household. Look for decor baskets like wicker or wire that blend into your setting. A good box or an ottoman will be important but stylish in storing things like toys or books. Clean your dishes and arrange them well. Decorative ornaments should be minimal and well placed around the house. If you have kids, clutter can be quite a nightmare to control. In such instances, have a bin that you can shove things away in if you have little time for full preparation.
Your bathroom can really mess your guests’ impression of you. Your bathroom should always be clean. The sink and toilet bowls should always be scrubbed, like the tiles, to clear out grime. Toilet paper should be stocked, and towels should also be clean. Ventilate it to ensure there is fresh air and burn a candle or an incense stick to give the air a nice smell. If your bathroom has a mirror, clean it well since grime shows clearly on them. If your guests are arriving in a short time, then focus some intense energy in making sure your bathroom is spotless.
Lighting is an integral part of home and living. Depending on whatever time guests come to your home, they will notice whether a room is well or poorly lit. During the day, open up the blinds and let the sunshine in. Open up all the windows to let in natural light into the room, especially those that guests will spend more time in. At night, choose a lighting system that works well for your decor. You can choose some white light for bright illumination. You can also use some warm light, which can translate to warm lights, lamps, candles, or fairy lights. Poorly lit rooms often exude poor taste on the homeowner. A good choice of lighting will work wonders in bringing out the aesthetic.
Guest notice things that may seem menial to you. Neatness in the smallest form, from arranging pillows or aligning the table mat, can give you a sense of direction. Use some effort to show order. It does not have to be an overdone piece of work; it just has to look as presentable as possible.