How People Really Feel About Their Houseguests
It’s safe to say that most people have hosted guests in their homes. Whether planned or unexpected, sometimes preparing for your guests to arrive can be stressful. From making sure your guests are as comfortable as possible to finding fun things for them to do in your area to even dealing with rude or inconsiderate guests, it can be a lot to juggle.
To find out how most people prepare for their houseguests, we created a Houseguest Survey and sent it out to a wide audience of varying ages and locations. Below, we’ve created some graphics that highlight the various responses that we found to be the most interesting and insightful. Take a look!
The first insight we found had to do with how hosts clean their homes before and after a guest arrives. From our survey, we found that Millennials were most likely to clean their house from top to bottom in preparation for guests. Meanwhile, an average of less than 1% of respondents said they don’t clean at all. However, Baby Boomers had the highest percentage of respondents overall who said they don’t clean in preparation for guests. Not surprisingly, Millennials were the most likely generation to clean their sheets if a guest is to use them during their stay with over 70% of people saying they clean the sheets before and after.
Most of the time houseguests are pleasant to have around since they are usually family or friends of the homeowner. Unfortunately, not everyone can be a perfect guest and 37% of respondents admitted to having a bad house guest at one point or another. Of those who have had bad houseguests before, over a quarter of them were friends, rather than extended family or in-laws. The hosts’ main gripe stemmed from guests being overly messy and making themselves a little bit too at home while never helping with anything came in at a close second. Luckily just under 20% of the worst houseguests were rude to their host or their family.
Houseguests can also overstep their boundaries, but the worst way to overstep varies by gender. Nearly a third of women said that the worst thing a guest could do is snoop through their personal belongings, while men were more concerned with people overstaying their welcome. However, 23% of both men and women said that making a huge mess is the worst possible way for a guest to act.
Everyone enjoys their personal space so we asked survey takers what the maximum amount of days they can handle having guests stay and 64% said that they’re ready for general guests like friends or family to depart after 1-4 days. Just under 25% of people said they can have guests for 5-9 days before they are ready for them to leave, and only 11.67% said they can do more than 10 days.
In a bit of a shocking twist, people were more likely to be able to handle their parents or in-laws for over ten days than regular friends or family! Apparently, Hollywood films were overexaggerating and the in-law’s coming over isn’t as much of a hardship as we thought.
We were wondering what people do if their close friends or family have pet allergies. Overwhelmingly, the answer is nothing! Not a single generation was more likely to accommodate their guests’ allergies over their pet’s comfort. Apparently, the comfort of pets is paramount!
Whether you’re a regular host or host to be, Joybird has the perfect furnishings to make your home the perfect space for you and your guests to feel right at home. You can check out our product offerings here!