TBR’s 7 Tips on How to Be the Ideal Houseguest.
You’ve had enough of the cold, snow, slush, rain, fill in the blank here, and your lovely old friend, sister, auntie, uncle, pick a category has such a nice place in Florida… Tons of space, right on the water… Surely they won’t mind if you come for a little visit!
Allow us to speak on behalf of all the South Florida relatives and friends,
- Yes, we can see your thought bubble.
- Yes, we love you too.
- All we ask is that you commit these 7 Tips on How to Become the Ideal Houseguest to memory.
If you are going to be a guest in someone’s home, adhere to these pointers, and you’ll be invited back time and again.
- When you’re in the planning stage, check with the host to make sure that your timing is right. If you can’t find dates that work for both of you, check the AirBnB offerings in their area, and invite them out for dinner while you’re in town.
- Don’t treat their home like a hotel. Have a frank conversation about the house rules. Is it ok to make my own coffee? Is it ok to have a friend over? Etc.
- Be mindful of the host’s schedule. Is your host an early riser? Is your host a nurse who works nights? Ask and behave accordingly.
- Lend a hand. Offer to walk the dog, if there is one. Offer yourself as a babysitter, so mom and dad can have a night out.
- Be mindful of the cost of utilities. Turn off the lights and ceiling fan when you leave your bedroom. As grandpa surely said, “Money doesn’t grow on trees! Are you trying to air condition the whole neighborhood?!”
- Pick up after yourself! Go out of your way to help the host. Share the chores.
- Cars, like toothbrushes, are personal. Make sure you provide for your own transportation. Don’t want to rent? Call Uber or Lyft.
If you’re very fortunate, you may find yourself in the enviable position of being offered someone’s home, investment property, or home away from home while they’re not there. With great trust comes greater responsibility. Here are 7 additional recommendations on how to be the ideal guest when your host is absentee and has generously given you the run of their property.
- Always leave the liquor cabinet more stocked than when you found it. Replace what you use. It’s not that the homeowner is going to miss it; it’s that you are a thoughtful guest who gets invited back.
- Protect the key as if it were your own. Replacing them is quite costly. It’s not the key; it’s the locksmith!
- When you arrive, reach out to the owner. If a phone call isn’t possible, a simple “Hi! We’re here. Thanks so much!” text acknowledges the gift and reassures the owner that the property is being taken care of and that you haven’t mistaken their personal property for a faceless hotel.
- Accidents happen. Things break down. Don’t be shy. If something goes wrong, contact the owner and let them know. They know what steps to take. If this is an investment property, your business savvy absentee host likely has a local property manager such as TBR Property Management.
- House Rules apply double when the homeowner is not present. They are trusting you, and you must honor that. Ask what is and what is not acceptable.
- Leave money for the cleaning lady or pay for the cleaning service, whichever applies. If possible, ask the doorman!
- Leave the property in the condition you found it or better.
Now that you’re the ideal guest, wrap up your visit with beautiful bow by saying Thank You properly! Purchase a gift certificate to the local supermarket or a restaurant your host enjoys. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount of money. It truly is the thought that counts. Last but not least, write and send your host a thank you note on actual stationary. Include a snapshot from this trip! If possible, choose one of you with your host, in order to personalize it even further.