Whenever you are invited to stay in someone‘s house, whether friends or family, there is an unspoken code of conduct that has to be followed. No one wants to be remembered as the sloppy guest with no manners. Following are the basic etiquettes that can define a good house guest-
Fix the Date and Time
Specify your date and time of arrival clearly. Maybe your hosts have to rearrange their plans or schedule for you. Also check with them if the date suits them.
Ask Your Hosts before Bringing Someone Along
Check with them before bringing an additional person with you. Don’t assume that they would be okay with the same. They might feel awkward due to a stranger’s company so it’s advised to check with the guests first.
Bring a Gift
Arrive with a gift for them as a thank you gesture for their hospitality. It could be a nice bottle of wine, a bag of cookies or a local delicacy from where you’re coming. It could also be something for their home like a curio or something their home needs.
Adjust to their Rules and Traditions
A grown-up home has certain rules and regulations. Don’t be afraid to clarify traditions that may differ from home to home. Should you take your shoes off when you get inside the house? Should you leave the door locked when you leave? Which dishes can you put in the dishwasher? All these are small details but very important.
If your hosts do the laundry themselves, try to avoid piling up the clothes. Also reuse your towel more to avoid any inconvenience.
Help them in Chores
You can offer to set the table, cook, wash the dishes, fix something around the house, take the dog for a walk, fold laundry, buy groceries, or run to the liquor store. Even if your host refuses the gesture to be polite, it’s the thought that counts. Tasks you should do automatically: clearing your dishes after you’ve finished eating or filling up the tank if you borrow the car.
Bring your own Toiletries
Bring soap, shampoo, and toothpaste from home. You’ll ensure that you have your favorite products and you won’t need to mooch off your host.
Clean up after yourself
Be especially careful to clean up after yourself. Put down the toilet seat, and turn the lights off when you leave a room, and close drawers and cabinets after you open them. There’s nothing worse than having to constantly clean up after your guests, so these small acts will show that you’re considerate of your host’s space.
Your host puts effort into making a nice living space for you, so it’s best to keep it that way. Make the bed when you get up in the morning, and keep your clothes either in your suitcase or put away in drawers.
Wipe Everything Clean
On your last day, check the bedroom and bathroom for your belongings. Then, after clearing it with the host, strip the bed before you leave. Wipe down the counters of the bathroom, make sure all used towels are in the laundry, and all borrowed items returned.
Inform them of your plans
Always inform your hosts if you have plans that do not include them. For example, if you have made dinner plans with someone else or if you are going out and will be late, informing them in advance is the appropriate thing to do.
Lastly, leave a thank you note or gift behind for them, appreciating them and thanking them for the comfortable stay.
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