With summer in full swing, some of you have probably received an invitation to a friend’s cottage or beach house. Lucky you! Once the host/hostess has let you know the date and time to arrive, your responsibility while you are there is to make things as easy as possible for your host.
Remember, you are not checking into a hotel or B&B, so don’t expect to be waited on. 😉 Here are 7 do’s and don’ts etiquette tips to follow as a summer house guest.
Ask what you can bring; contribute to the food – bring prepared food or groceries and be mindful of food allergies/restrictions
Help with meal prep and clean-up
If you are up first – quietly make the coffee
Be respectful of the house and treat it as if it were your own
Offer to bring your own bedding/sleeping bag and towels
If boating is involved, contribute to refilling the tank
Be mindful of utilities; i.e., shut lights off when you leave a room
Don’t bring a friend, relative or pet with you if they weren’t invited
Don’t just bring enough beverages for yourself – bring enough for everyone
Don’t leave your personal belongings lying around the house
Don’t have a 30 minute shower, leave your products on the vanity or use a guest towel and leave black mascara on it
Don’t be loud and obnoxious, voices carry on the water and in green spaces
Don’t leave wet towels/bathing suits lying around or sit in them on the furniture/beds
Don’t wait to be asked to help, just do it!
Hopefully these etiquette tips will ensure you are a gracious summer guest and get invited back! Depart when you are supposed to and leaving a small gift with a handwritten note is a nice way to say thank you!
What’s your favourite tip to being a good house guest? As always I welcome your feedback. You can reach me by phone or email, leave a comment here on the site or click the contact button at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website. Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Facebook or Twitter too!
Lastly, remember to have fun, and enjoy the summer!
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