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Tips on How To Be a Respectful House Guest

Think about a time in your life when you were the happiest you could be; likely, you weren’t alone. Camaraderie is truly what life is all about. Without our friends and family, where and who would we be? It’s important to leave a lasting impression that speaks to your care and consideration for them, and this extends to their home when they invite you over. Here are some helpful tips on how to be a respectful house guest.

Tips on How To Be a Respectful House Guest

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Leave It at the Door

In many cultures across the world, it’s a sign of respect and cleanliness to leave your shoes at the door before proceeding further. Now, this is not an ultimate rule, so use context clues—if you see other shoes at the door, it will do well to remove yours too. But if you are not sure, ask the host. After all, you don’t want to be the culprit of any dirt tracked into their home.

Give a Little Bit

This is a helpful tip on how to be a respectful house guest, especially if the home you stay in is of a new friend or acquaintance. A gift helps show that the invite is meaningful to you. You can bring them a bottle of alcohol—this is usually a great go-to.

However, if that isn’t an option, think about their likes and go back to your conversations. You will likely think of a unique gift or knick-knack you can give them. It doesn’t need to be an expensive item because the personalization will speak for itself.

Offer Your Help

In some cases, when offering your help, the host may vehemently decline it. Often, this is because they see you as a guest who shouldn’t have to clean up. However, it’s good manners to clean up after yourself. Even if your host declines this help, it’s considerate to offer it in the first place.

Arrive on Time

Although it has become common in casual gatherings to arrive at least two hours later than the designated time, you should not abide by this rule, especially with new friends. When you arrive at the time set by the host, no sooner and no later, you show them the respect that you have for their time. It is also a great idea to send them a quick text that lets them know that you are on your way. Moreover, at the end of the night, make sure to find your host to thank them and let them know that you are departing.


It can feel intimidating to receive an invitation to a gathering at the house of a new friend or acquaintance. In fact, it seems like the stakes are suddenly higher. With new friendships, you want nothing more than to put your best foot forward and make a lasting impression. When you use these helpful tips, there is no reason to worry. You can rest assured knowing that your host will feel respected and know that they made a good choice when they invited you over.

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