Staying at a friend’s house is a great way to enjoy a break away from home while getting some quality time to catch up.
It’s important, however, that you don’t treat your friend’s home like a hotel. Being courteous and thoughtful is key if you want to get invited back in the future.
Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to make yourself a great house guest, whether with thoughtful touches or by offering to help around the house.
Here are all the tips you need to be the perfect guest next time you’re staying over.
Ask before taking pictures
Taking snaps might be something you enjoy doing on holiday, but at your friend’s home, make sure to ask before you bring your camera out.
They may feel uncomfortable about you taking photos of their private space, so the best course of action is always to get permission first.
Don’t bring unexpected pets
This one might be a no-brainer, but it’s worth underlining: don’t bring any pets without permission.
While you might be your furry friend’s biggest fan, your human friends might not appreciate hairs on their sofa and any extra mess to clean up.
Limit your luggage
Try to pack light wherever you can. This is because you could be staying in a small space with limited room for lots of bags.
Bringing a smaller amount will save your friend having to make extra space.
Respect night-time quiet
Waking your friend and their household up in the middle of the night is unlikely to make you popular, so make sure you move around quietly once everyone has gone to bed.
Always bring a gift
Bringing a gift for your friend is a great way to show your gratitude for being offered a place to stay.
The gift doesn’t have to be expensive – a bottle of wine or some thank you chocolates are sure to put a smile on their face.
Make your bed
It’s a simple gesture, but making your bed in the morning – and stripping it when you leave – is a great way to show courtesy to a friend while you’re staying.
You could even offer to pop your bedclothes in the wash before you go.
Keep things tidy
Save your friend the stress of tidying up once you leave by keeping things clean as you go.
That means offering to wash up any plates or cutlery you use and being sure to keep the bathroom clean and tidy after you use it.
Stick to these tips and both you and your friend will have a wonderful time together – with no doubts about you returning for another visit.
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