At one point or another, everyone will be someone’s house guest. Chances are, you’ll have a house guest of your own at some point too. If you’ve experienced the joy (sometimes horror) of having a house guest, you know that there are good ones, there are great ones and there are the ones you want to tell you’ve moved out of state. How can you make sure you aren’t one of ‘those’ house guests? Easy! Here are a few simple tips & tricks to make you the house guest everyone wants to have visit again.
Everyone leads busy lives nowadays, but that’s not an excuse for poor planning. While the occasional unexpected “Hey, can I crash at your place?” is ok, don’t make it a habit. If you know you’re coming to town in two months and you’ll need a place to stay, touch base with your prospective host and make sure you aren’t wrecking their plans. Everyone being on the same page with dates/time of arrival and departure can help your host be ready for you too.
Bring a Gift
Let’s be real here… You’re staying for free. Show your host some sort of gratitude by bringing a gift. Maybe it’s a bottle of wine, maybe it’s a holiday decoration they can add to their collection. Pick out something that is for your host or their home. You can even shop at Walmart.com and have your gift delivered right to their door.
When you’re playing the part of house guest, don’t treat your host’s home like a hotel. You should be able to come and go, but within reason. If your host has small children, don’t expect to go out in the evenings and roll in at 1 am. You need to be considerate of children, animals and anything your host may already have on their calendar. Just because you’re visiting, your host’s life doesn’t suddenly revolve around you.
Think About the Neighbors
Being considerate extends to the neighbors as well. Don’t block driveways or do anything else that might be considered annoying or rude. The neighbors will appreciate your consideration and so will your host.
At a hotel, you are paying for normal household staples like toilet paper, napkins/paper towels and tissues. When you’re playing the part of house guest, you’re using items that your host has paid for themselves. While no one consumes a large amount of these on their own in a day, when you roll in with a family or stay multiple days, your consumption of these products adds up! Ask your host if you can pitch in a few bucks toward food or paper products, or better yet, you can order things like Viva paper towels, Kleenex tissues and Cottonelle & Scott bath tissue from Walmart.com and have them delivered ahead of your visit.
Whether your sending a “thanks for putting us up” package or shopping for your own home, you can’t beat the convenience and variety of products available at Walmart. Orders over $35 qualify for free two-day shipping or you can always pick up in store. When you pair great Walmart prices with the offers below from Ibotta, you’ve got a deal that can’t be beat!