Have you ever experienced giving a house tour in your own home? How about being a guest in someone else’s home and you are being toured around by the host?
I’ve had quite a share of those. Both being the host giving the tour and the guest being toured. We all know that nothing is more character revealing than a person’s private digs, and that is the reason why the chance to check out a friend or acquaintance’s house is always exciting. It is to be noted though, that a house tour has to have a delicate balance between show and tell and even hide and seek. There is etiquette involved regardless of when you’re showing a mansion a shack or a palace.
As the host, you certainly have rights and that being said, one of them is to not give automatic tours to any drop-in visitors. This is mostly due to the fact that not every home is spic and span all the time. I can easily overlook this right, because the clean and neat freak as I am, my home is in tip top shape 100% of the time. Another hosts’ rights is that you can totally decide which room to show off and which you don’t. And lastly, make the tour brief.
As a guest, you have to realize that a house tour is just a bonus, so don’t expect for one. The invitation to go anywhere you please in the house should be taken with a grain of salt. And if you have to rave about something, you have to be sincere about it.