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How to establish house rules and expectations about visitors

Establishing clear house rules and expectations while doing a thorough walk-through is the key to creating an enjoyable home-sharing arrangement.

One of the things to keep in mind is to agree on how you deal with accepting visitors. Some key points to consider are answering the following questions.

  • What are your rules for visitors? Do you allow only day-time visits or overnight visits?
  • Permission: Does the Guest need approval before they bring a Guest into the home?
  • Hours: What times are reasonable for visitors without disrupting the other members of the household?
  • Overnight visitor: What are the expectations? How many nights can a visitor stay?
  • Social/party: Will you allow social gatherings or parties? What are the expectations and limits?