Do you consider yourself the host/hostess with the most/mostest? Are you the envy of friends and family for the Pinterest-worthy parties you create? …No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been on the receiving end of: “I’m going to be in town this weekend! Mind if I crash at your place?” (*insert wide eyes emoji here*) Of course you want to accommodate but…ohmygosh how on earth will you get ready for company should you make muffins and possibly put on an apron and wow there’s so much to do where to start AHHHH.
We know. Luckily, we’re here to help. Below are some tips to make your apartment feel like a cute, cozy, home away from home for anyone that crashes at your pad. Read the rest of this entry »
When friends or family visit from out of town, hosting them as overnight apartment guests can be a fun experience for all parties. Even with the space restrictions of a small apartment, it is easy to accommodate guests for an enjoyable, stress-free visit when you follow a few considerations.
Your guests may be eager to explore your city, but don’t worry too much about planning an exact itinerary to follow. Do have some potential activities jotted down, so you can turn to the list for quick ideas on the go. Think about unexpected treasures in your city that guests would appreciate a chance to experience. As tempting as it might be to take your guests out on the town for fancy meals at top local restaurants, this can get expensive. Save money by dining in at the apartment as often as possible during the visit, and cook together with your guests. Preparing the meal can be half the fun!
If you’ll be at work during the day, recommend local hangouts like a great coffee shop or lunch spot for them to enjoy. Also, there will be less tension and stress overall if you put some faith in your guests and invite them to make themselves at home in your apartment when you aren’t there. Relax and enjoy the company, and they will feel relaxed and happy as well. Of course, having more people (and their luggage) in the apartment means more clutter and noise. While of course keeping tidy is important throughout, don’t put to much time into thorough cleaning during the visit. Rest assured that you will get everything reorganized and back to normal after they leave.
As soon as you know of a potential visit, talk to your roommates and make sure they’re okay with having guests— your best bet is the “go in asking” strategy. Assure them that your friends or family members will know to be respectful to the apartment. To most guests, it is second nature to respect the home, and do immediately address the issue if they become more obtrusive than expected. You have every right to politely confront them about being particularly messy or loud, as you are doing the guests a favor and service by allowing them to crash at your apartment. They should understand that their alternative would be paying for a hotel— and the housekeeping service that comes along with it.
To avoid having guests overstay their welcome, be upfront and clear about the parameters of the visit right off the bat. Have the conversation before they even arrive, ensuring there is a clear departure date on their agenda. If they decide they love your city too much to leave, recommend that they find an apartment using our great tools at ApartmentSearch. Whether they’ll need Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, or Seattle apartments, we have tons to look through in our searchable nationwide database.
House guests can bring an apartment renter some real pride of place. One of the nicest things you can do for a friend or family member is offer them a place to stay at your apartment if they’re visiting from out of town, or if they’re just in need of a temporary place to crash. Hosting house guests can be a lot of fun — but what happens if they overstay their welcome?
There’s a famous Plautus quote: “No guest is so welcome in a friend’s house that he will not become a nuisance after three days.” While that may not exactly be true for everybody, Plautus is making a good point — having house guests over can go from good to bad in the blink of an eye, often because they’ve just simply stayed too long. That can make for a really awkward situation.
If you’re hosting some friends or family members at your apartment, here are some tips for making sure things go smoothly with your house guests:
- If you have roommates, you should absolutely check in with them first. Tell them there’s a possibility that guests will be staying over at your apartment. Ask if that would be okay, and if so, how long they may stay.
- Talk to your house guests before they arrive, or preferably, before they make final plans. Let them know how long they may stay with you and be upfront about your house rules.
- You may also want to fill them in on your apartment complex’s rules.
- Going off the previous tip, find out what your house guests’ expectations are. Will they expect you to pick them up from the airport? Do they want you to take them on a tour of the city? Will you be their only transportation? These are important things to know before they arrive so you can plan accordingly. If they will be relying on you for transportation and your work schedule doesn’t really allow it, be sure to give them a heads up.
- Be honest about your expectations, too. If you want your house guests to wash their own dishes and help around the house, you should tactfully mention that when you extend your invitation.
- Once plans are made, make sure you have a place for your house guests to sleep. If you have a small apartment and only have a couch to offer up for bed space, let your guests know so that they can make arrangements to bring an air mattress or a sleeping bag.
- Have clean towels ready for them.
- If you know of any of their favorite snacks or drinks (you can always ask them!), you could pick them up before your house guests arrive. They’ll appreciate your thoughtful gesture.
Laying out rules and being clear with your house guests before they even arrive can help make things go as smoothly as possible. After all, being a host should be enjoyable, not a source of frustration and stress.
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