We learned we were having six guests, a family spanning three generations, come to stay and visit the history within D.C. back in January. That’s when it started.

We had two months to get things in shape as well as figure out where people were going to sleep. You probably have experienced the same and that’s when your eyes open to spots on the walls, cabinets that need to be organized, the yard’s a wreck and you have dirty windows.

But it doesn’t stop there. Then the towels you use every day look down trodden, couch pillows slouched and losing shape, table napkins threadbare. And we didn’t get off cheap. We bought a new couch.

When company comes, it’s actually an opportunity to refresh and give the house a boost. Make an impression. Create a nice living space. Stay updated.

My mom had a plaque on our kitchen wall that said, “No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.”

As a realtor, I can speak to the high importance of a nice kitchen to prospective homebuyers. For inspiration, check out these inspired kitchens showcased by Houzz magazine.

Guest post from Melinda Schnare, a real estate agent with RLAH Real Estate.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
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