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How To Make A Warm, Welcoming Guest Room

by Arleen Sealy-Hannibal 01/06/2019

For frequent hosts owning your own home is an exciting upgrade to your hospitality skill set. A home large enough to include a guest room for friends and family to stay the night allows you to provide a homey overnight stay that trumps a hotel experience every time.

To create the perfect home away from home guest room for visitors just follow this guide.

First things first, keep it tidy over time. Don’t fall to temptation and use it as a catch-all storage room. This will just lead to more clean up before guests arrive and detract from the home away from home experience if they feel like they are staying in a glorified storage closet.

Before guests arrive freshen up the room by dusting, cracking a window for fresh air, spritz linens with a spray, and vacuum the floors.

Stock your guest bathroom well with toilet paper, tissues, q-tips and cotton balls. Keep two full matching sets of towels folded up nicely and in the open for guests to easily grab. Take a page from the hotel room playbook and have decorative shelving for this very purpose. Either mount shelving to the wall or find a standalone unit that matches your decor.

Have toiletries on hand in case guests have forgotten any while packing. Include new, individually packaged toothbrushes, a tube of toothpaste and travel size deodorants for example. It is always thoughtful to stock the medicine cabinet with the basics.

Stock up on luxurious soaps, lotions, and shampoos to keep on hand in your guest bathroom. It’s best to also keep these out in the open so it is obvious to guests it is for their use. Tiered cake stands, catch-all bowls and clear jars are a great way to put these stylishly on display.

Offer the perfect sleeping experience by including a light bedding option and a warmer one - no matter the season. An ottoman at the foot of the bed with extra blankets and pillows will help guests feel at home to set up the bed their way.

Lay down on the bed to get a feel for how it would be for your guests. In fact, interacting in the room as if you are your guest is a great way to discover what your room is missing. Offer plenty of lighting. Bedside lamps in addition to the ceiling light allow guests to create ambiance or stay up reading while their partner snoozes.  

Decorate the room to keep it cohesive with and as homey as the rest of the house. Hang pictures of friends and family. Frame a decorative image that has your wifi network and password readily available for guests to log in. Include fresh cut flowers and seasonal decor.

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Arleen Sealy-Hannibal


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About Arleen

Georgia is the place I now call home. I am originally from Trinidad and have lived in the United States since 1990. I have a passion for real estate and love helping buyers, sellers and renters with their real estate needs and desires. 

I can assist you with all your real estate needs in the following counties: Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Douglas, Dekalb, Fulton, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and The Entire Metro Atlanta Area.  

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With degrees in Computer Programming/Data Processing, Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from CCP and Drexel University and over 20 years of business, finance, sales and marketing experience, I effectively advertise and market homes. I am a graduate of the Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate Academy with excellent customer service and negotiation skills.

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  • Member, Atlanta Board of Realtors
  • Member, Georgia Association of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Realtors
  • Member, Douglas Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Georgia Metro Listing Service (GAMLS)
  • Member, First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS)
  • Member, Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Member, Phi Theta Kappa Society International Scholastic Order
  • Licensed Full-Time Real Estate Agent since year 2005



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems
  • Degree Minor in Business Administration
  • Associate Degree in Computer Programming/Data Processing
  • Associate Degree in General Studies
  • Graduate, Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate Academy
  • MBA Graduate (Metro Brokers/ GMAC Advantage)
  • Background in Business, Finance, Marketing and Sales
  • Excellent Customer Service and Negotiation Skills
  • Numerous Sales Performance Awards
  • Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)
  • Accredited Sellers Representative (ASR)
  • Real Estate Property Management Specialist (REPM)
  • HUD Specialist


Areas of Expertise

  • Listing Agent (FREE Comparative Marketing Analysis)
  • Buyer’s Agent (FREE Pre-Qualification)
  • New Home Sales and Construction
  • Relocation Services and Referrals
  • Buyers, Sellers and Renters Representation
  • First Time Home Buyers
  • Business, Commercial, Residential, HUD, Foreclosures and Short Sales
  • Farms and Land Sales
  • Investment Property Professional with years of experience assisting Investors acquire and dispose of Investment Property
  • Property Management


Counties Served

  • Barrow
  • Bartow
  • Carroll
  • Clayton
  • Cherokee
  • Cobb
  • Coweta
  • Douglas
  • Dekalb
  • Fayette
  • Fulton
  • Forsyth
  • Gwinnett
  • Henry
  • Paulding
  • Rockdale
  • Spalding
  • The Entire Metro Atlanta Area


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“Providing Professional Service with Integrity, High Code of Ethics and Honor.” Building Lifelong Relationships One Client At A Time!