Florida Winter Forecast: Flurries of Northern Relatives!
Q: Who’s everyone’s favorite Auntie, Uncle, Step Mom, Sister, Cousin or Friend?
A: The one who lives in South Florida! This designation stretches to include those who don’t actually live in South Florida but merely own property here as well. If you’ve got it, they will come.
In my 25 years as a resident of a beautiful little island off the coast of Miami, 15 of which have been spent as a Property Manager and more recently as an AirBnB Superhost, I have been called upon to host friends and relatives in my own home quite a number of times. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about hosting.
Here are 6 sanity saving tips to help you get through the South Florida winter as a host, even as an absentee homeowner.
1. Consider your needs and your schedule. Do not just agree to let someone visit, if you’re not prepared to welcome that person properly. If you’re not really willing to open your heart and your home, it’s ok to say no. Decline guests on dates that are not suitable to your schedule. If the dates or the person just aren’t going to work for you, recommend a local AirBnB.
2. Limit the length of stay or number of guests. Again, consider your comfort in your own home.
3. Ask your guests to contribute by cleaning up after themselves. This may sound basic, but often people who are on vacation simply forget that they are in someone else’s space.
4. Unless you want to share freely with your guests, consider putting away the expensive liquor. It is not about the cost. It likely has sentimental value, or represents a special occasion to you, but not to your guest.
5. Be mindful of the comfort of your guests. Their internal thermostat likely runs a little cooler than yours. If you’re not present, and your a/c system is complex, provide written instructions for your guests.
6. If you’re an absentee homeowner, you’ll want to add the following to your checklist: Make sure your guests know your rules and limits. For example, if you’ve got expensive furniture or works of art, feel free to make it an adults only space. It’s yours. Even if you’re not there.
Winter in South Florida is the most glorious time of year! Reclaim your enjoyment as a host by using these tips. Sharing space in harmony takes just a few steps. Communication and consideration are the keys to making everyone’s time much more pleasant.
Feel free to share our TBR 7 Tips on How to be the Ideal Houseguest post with your friends and relatives too! Remember: the welcome mat is at the front door, not on your chest.