Getting your apartment home ready for holiday guests

by Tom Simplot

Nov 22, 2015

Friends and family members coming in for the big Thanksgiving meal — or just a long weekend — will need a place to stay, and your second room or even the couch may be their destination.


We want to be sure to respect and protect our neighbors by making sure that our guests are following the rules of the apartment community.


Do a quick orientation. If your pool is heated or the spa is available, let your guest know the hours of operation and the rules. Do the same for the gym and business center or other amenities. Ask the community manager if you need to escort them in those areas or if they can have a guest pass.


Give them a spare key. Don’t make your guests contact the management to get in. If it makes sense, offer them a key to come and go.


Identify guest parking. Most communities have limited guest parking. If you offer your family your parking space, be sure to let the apartment manager know. If your community offers guest parking passes, request one now.


Leave the Wi-Fi password. Don’t make your guests look for unsecured WiFi from neighbors. Post the password up in the kitchen or near their bed so it’s easy to locate and use.


Be a great host. Clean out some space in the bathroom. Add soaps or travel size versions of necessities, such as toothpaste and shampoo. Invest in a couple of new towels and washcloths if yours are aging. Share magazines like Phoenix Magazine and Sunset to inspire friends and family to explore your community.