How to Be a Good Houseguest

As the holidays are approaching quickly we know getting your home ready for holiday guests is stressful. So, if you are the one traveling to visit family or friends, just how good of a houseguest are you? Remember National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Let’s hope that is not how your holiday vacation happens!

Visiting family or friends during the holidays can be emotional, exciting, or even bring on anxiety. So, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make sure your visit is welcomed:

  1. Nail down the dates of the visit before you go—and stick to them. And don’t say we’ll be there at 7pm and not show up until midnight!
  2. Pack smart – The contents of your entire home won’t fit in a guest room, so stick to the essentials.
  3. Keep your stuff organized and neat – Don’t expect your hosts to pick up after you.
  4. Honor the house rules – If your hosts don’t allow shoes worn in the home, bring extra socks if you don’t want to go barefoot.
  5. Be helpful – Don’t expect your hosts to do all the work. Pitch in with the work, offer to help with groceries, or take care of little chores like taking out the garbage.
  6. Bring or send a thank you gift and follow up with a note – The gift needn’t be expensive, just meaningful. If you don’t have time to shop, take the family to dinner as a thank you!

The holidays should be joyous. Taking every step to eliminate any unnecessary stress is just good planning. Well, that’s my tip for this week! If you want to know today’s mortgage rates, or have questions, please give me a call! I’d be glad to help. Thanks for joining me. Have a great holiday.