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10 things you shouldn’t do when visiting friends

House guests - 10 things to avoid
House guests – 10 things to avoid

There is the tendency to take certain things for granted when visiting friends – assumptions are easily made about what your friends may or may not mind you doing.

It is always ill-advised to do certain things without asking or knowing in advance what your hosts thinks. Do you really care about your friendship with your hosts or you dont care if you are invioted back?

Well if you value your friends then you need to be cautious about what you do when visiting friends’ homes because research commissioned by questioning homeowners about etiquette came up with a top ten list of no-nos:

1. Being on your phone over lunch or dinner

Eighty-nine per cent branded using a phone at the table as the biggest no-no.

2. Asking for the Wi-Fi code

The survey also found that it’s bad manners to ask your hosts for the internet access code.

3. Wearing shoes on the carpet

Sixty-four per cent revealed that they think guests should take off their shoes when entering someone else’s home.

4. Looking in bedrooms without permission

Most of the people surveyed rated intrusion of privacy as critical when they had house guests.Intrusion of privacy also rated highly in the house guest faux pas survey. Fifty-eight per cent thought it rude for guests to look in their bedroom without permission.

5. Looking inside the fridge without asking

 Fifty-two per cent said they don’t like it when people peer in their fridge through fear of being judged.

6. Turning up to a dinner party without a gift

Twenty-four per cent said they would expect a gift from dinner guests, with a bottle of wine being the preferred token, compared to just three per cent who expect a gift from daytime visitors.

7. Helping yourself to food without asking

 Eighty-eight per cent thought it was wrong when guests helped themselves to food without asking first.

8. Putting your feet on the furniture

Eity-seven per cent agreed that it was bad-mannered to put your feet on other people’s furniture,

9. Turning down food when asked

Twenty-two per cent of people said they thought it was impolite for guests to turn down food when it was offered.

10. Bringing around a pet without asking first

Nineteen per cent of people said they would appreciate being asked first before bringing a pet into their home – poiting to small children, allergies and unwanted animal hair as the main reasons. However, 61 per cent said they would be happy for guests to let their dog curl up on the sofa.

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