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The art of being a welcomed houseguest

Regardless of the length of your stay, be sure to always send a note after your visit, this thoughtful gesture will always be appreciated.
Regardless of the length of your stay, be sure to always send a note after your visit, this thoughtful gesture will always be appreciated. MCT

Whether it is for a weekend or longer, there remains a certain protocol to being a welcomed houseguest.

With websites popping up daily offering a rented room in a home or an entire dwelling, the feeling of an actual home environment is more appealing to travelers than ever. Enter the invited houseguest.

Whether it is an invitation extended by a close friend or business associate, you are going to want to make sure your stay is pleasant for both you and your host, and that you leave a good impression.

Here are some tips on being a welcomed houseguest (one who will likely get invited back):

▪ Try to not arrive empty-handed. A bottle of wine is perfect to bring to a dinner party, but when it comes to being a houseguest a more personal gift may do the trick such as a local guide or special book.

▪ Respect the rules of the house. If everyone is in bed by 9, try to not stay up making noise that may disturb. Instead, opt to retire to your room and read or watch television in private.

▪ Ditch the cellphone. Someone has invited you into their home and likely wants your attention and time. Nothing is ruder than a guest who is constantly checking emails or making private phone calls.

▪ Participate! You are there to enjoy your host’s company and that of their family. If an invitation is extended to you for an outing, attend, even if the selected activity may not be your preferred pastime.

▪ Lend a helping hand. Even if your host seems to have everything under control, offer to help. Even small tasks like making morning coffee or setting the table can be appreciated and help to relieve pressure from your host.

▪ Keep it tidy. Remember you are in someone’s home. It’s a thoughtful and respectful gesture to take the time to keep the room you are staying in nice and tidy. Upon departure, even though the sheets will be laundered after you have departed, be sure to make your bed and leave the room as your host presented it to you.

▪ Send a thank-you note. Regardless of the length of your stay, be sure to always send a note after your visit, this thoughtful gesture will always be appreciated.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.

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