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Friday 6 December 2013

Tips for Guests

Being a guest is an exciting experience.

At FlatClub, we want you to feel as if you’re in the home of a trusted friend.

We gathered some of the feedback we received from hosts and guests to make a list of a few simple tips that could help you have peace of mind that you’re the very best guest you can be. Think of this as a companion piece to our advice to hosts.

Be flexible and adaptive. The flat designed to accommodate you on a short-term, temporary basis is the home of your host. Make a conscious effort to adapt to their preferences and patterns. To be clear, ask about their expectations of you during your stay. (For example, if you are expected to share meals with them, what time they prefer you to turn out the lights, etc.) It is especially important to arise when your hosts do, and accept that others have to live in the house, too.

Clean up after yourself. You should leave the kitchen cleaner than you found it, and hopefully it goes without saying that you clean your dishes as soon as you're done with them.

Don't make assumptions. Unless you are specifically told to "help yourself to anything" in the refrigerator or pantry, always ask before taking something, or using the host services such as phone. If you want to bring a pet - make sure the host is fully aware of it and agrees.

Be aware of cultural/personal/family differences. For example, you may be an omnivore staying with a vegan family, but it is always polite to try what they offer to serve you. Be respectful, and do not criticize your hosts' preferences.

Invite other people to the residence only after first clearing it with your hosts. This is just common courtesy, as you are a guest in their home.

Always replace anything you damage. Even if it was an accident, you are responsible, and should make it right for your host by fixing the item, replacing the item or leaving a monetary settlement.

Leave a review of the host and flat on Flat-Club. This is the best way to say thank you to the host. Flats with reviews are much more likely to be booked by other guests, and hosts are more likely to leave you a review in turn.

We hope you have a valuable experience and a great stay. If you're still looking for your perfect short-term accommodation, please take advantage of our free Expert Search program - we will match you with a host and flat that makes sense for your trip.