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How to Prepare for Beloved Guests/Lucrative Renters

The Post provides advice today on how to make that guest room a home away from home when hosting friends for the holidays, or when offering a weeklong sublet at an exorbitant rate.

Getting a request for lodging can be a prompt to replace faded towels and buy a case of Fiji water, or perhaps something stronger.

"In many cases, a guest room is likely also a spare room or a gift wrap room and needs attention," says Amy Elliott, author of "A Warm Welcome: How to Be a Gracious Host to Friends and Family," to be published by Ryland Peters & Small in April.

Elliott says it is hospitable to provide computer access, a good reading light, an alarm clock, a selection of clothes hangers and a cozy throw. Bedding is important. "Even if you are using an AeroBed or a sofa, you should have nice sheets and a featherbed," Elliott says.

For more tips, read Jura Koncius's article in today's Style section.

What are your preparations when guests visit? What are your expectations when staying in someone else's home? Let us know in the comments.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 11, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  | Category:  Housing
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