All Posts November 8, 2018

Hosting Guests for the Holidays

Hosting Guests for the Holidays: A Guide

Maybe you have family coming into town or maybe you’re the family going to visit for the Holidays.

Keep your family safe and healthy with this guide. We’re thinking outside the box for you so you can think about what really matters, the food and the beverages. 

If the host lives in a rental property, here are some items to think about before setting up the pull-out couch.


Check the lease for what it says about guests.

Do you have to get permission from the landlord for the stay?

Are the minimums and maximums for how long someone can stay at the property?

This is important to make sure you are not in breach of your contract. It’s likely your landlord just wants to know who is in the house at what time. They’ll typically be understanding that it’s the holidays that guests are a normal part of that.

Get the property in shape for guests.

Don’t forget to handle anything that’s the tenant’s responsibility for keeping the property in good condition & most importantly, safe.

Things like cleaning up the moss and de-icing the walk ways will keep you and your guests safe, especially if they’re walking up with luggage or worse – their famous casserole.

If there is something you notice that is the landlord’s responsibility, give them time to fix it before your guests arrive. Check that the oven is working properly, that your dryer is drying, and that your heat is on. Don’t forget the fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.


Not that your place isn’t in tip-top shape, obviously. But think deep clean to avoid allergy flare ups and colds spreading throughout the house.

Bleach your towels to stop the spread of diseases and infections, stock up on laundry detergent for the dirty clothes and sheets, clean the carpets with a pet enzyme to clear it out of any pests and dander.

Then tackle the fridge to make room for leftovers and wipe out that oven to avoid smoke and fire. Last but not least, disinfect the door handles and phones (does anyone have landlines anymore?).


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