Provide all the necessities
Keeping toiletries—sealed toothbrushes, coordinating shampoo and conditioner, razors, cotton swabs, and a hair dryer—in your guests’ bathroom will be a relief when they don’t need to approach you to ask about extras. “Those things you’d forget to bring—I try to provide all that,” says Jennifer Dyer, interior designer and principal of Jeneration Interiors. “It’s like if you went to a hotel and needed something.” Here are last-minute things good hosts do before company arrives.
Prepare guests for when you’re not home
If you’ll be out of the house at any point, leave visitors with all the information they might need in your absence. Dyer keeps a binder with takeout menus, a map of the area, the house’s Wi-Fi password, how to set the alarm—basically “everything someone would ask,” she says.