Being a guest in someone’s house is a good chance to catch up with your loved ones and spend some quality time. But there are some etiquette rules the guest should master in order to not ruin his chances of being invited back. The rules of being a guest in someone’s home can often be a little blurry, but it seems there are a few do’s and don’ts most of us agree on. Here are 6 tips to being the perfect guest.
1. Be Clear About your Arrivals and Departures Dates. : Make sure you go over the dates of your visit with the host in advance and be sure to respect their schedule. Don’t ever be vague or hope to stretch out your visit after you arrive.
2. Choose the Perfect Gift: Proper guest etiquette requires a gift, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money. Try a delicious delicacy from your hometown, a flowering plant or the kind of gift a vacation house can never have too much like beach towels, a cozy blanket for a ski home, mugs that keep their drinks frosty, a book or a tote bag.
3. Ask About Hose Rules: When you arrive, gently inquire about how things are done to avoid any misunderstandings. What time do you usually wake up and go to bed? Anything I should know about your children or pets? Should you take your shoes off when you get inside the house? Should you leave the door locked when you leave?
4. Offer To Help: You can offer to set the table, cook, wash the dishes, fix something around the house, take the dog for a walk, fold laundry, or run to the liquor store. Even if you’re turned down, your hosts will appreciate the gesture. Also, there are other tasks that you should do without asking including clearing your dishes when you’re done eating, buying some groceries, getting your own kids out of the house for an hour or two, and filling up the tank if you borrow the car.
5. Bring your Own Toiletries: Don’t expect to use any of your hosts’ toiletries or other items. If you realize you’ve forgotten to pack toothpaste, inquire about where you can buy a new tube. They will probably be happy to lend you theirs, but you’ve demonstrated that you are not a mooch.
6. Leave The Place as Clean as Possible: 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.