The best ways to impress your guests during the holidays

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Hosting for the holidays? Scented candles, fresh flowers and ensuring you splurge on quilted toilet paper are three of the biggest ways to impress your guests, according to new research.

With many an American expecting to host guests this holiday season, a new study examined just what it takes to ensure guests leave with a good impression and found bringing out the expensive china really does pay off.

Having delicious treats and even going as far as to iron your linens all featured on the list of the 10 things that make a guest like your home the most.

The study of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Schlage, examined the time and effort it takes to welcome guests and create a wonderful first impression. Results showed it takes an incredible three hours of labor to get the average home ready for a guest visit.

Results also found that the way to impress guests is to spray a fresh scent around the house (60 percent), light scented candles (49 percent) and put out the best snacks (43 percent).

Americans will go all out in their attempt to impress their guests around the holidays. Three in 10 have bought fresh flowers while another 23 percent tackled last-minute home improvement projects.

But what exactly goes into the typical routine to prepare your house for guests? It’s no surprise that cleaning the house topped the list of the things that go into a typical guest-ready routine.

Other routines included going grocery shopping (67 percent), decluttering (58 percent) and organizing (54 percent).

Americans go out of their way to make their house feel like home when anticipating guests. Seventy-seven percent reveal that a house most feels like home when it feels lived in and warm.

Another 72 percent find cleanliness to add to the homey feel of a place. Other distinguishing characteristics that people associate with a house feeling like home are a nice smell (71 percent), the ease of coming and going (45 percent) and plenty of soft furnishings like rugs and sofas (39 percent).

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