You won't believe these weird rules people admit to having in their house…

You won't believe these weird rules people admit to having in their house…


Posted 15th March

Are you a stickler for house rules? Turns out, you're not alone…

 

Do you make your guests take their shoes off at the door? According to new research from ScS, over half of those surveyed (55%) admitted to having house rules, with some being slightly more unusual than others…

From outstaying your welcome to not saying thank you, homeowners have spilled the beans on which guest behaviours really tick them off, and the results are in. Take a look below to find out if your top pet peeve is up there with the rest of them!

 

 

10. Swearing

Looks like we need to watch our language when at a friend's house!

 

9. Not saying thank you

Manners cost nothing, after all!

 

8. Outstaying their welcome

As Benjamin Franklin said: "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days."

 

7. Spending too much time on their phone

It's best to keep screen time to a minimum!

 

6. People putting their feet on the sofa

Our jury is out on this one…

 

5. Putting a drink down without a coaster

DON'T LEAVE A WATER MARK!

 

4. Not cleaning up their own mess

Tidying as you go can really help a host.

 

3. Not taking their shoes off at the door

Most people are pretty split on this one…

 

2. Not treating the property with respect

This one's a no-brainer – right?

 

1. Smoking indoors

While some people don't mind it, it's always best to ask your host first.

 

A massive 35% agreed that smoking indoors is the biggest faux pas a guest could commit, with guests not taking their shoes off at the door coming in third place, with 29% agreeing. 

But it seems there are some slightly more obscure house rules out there as well. According to the respondents, they've also been asked to not use too much toilet roll, eat too many biscuits when offered, and to personally greet the owner's cat!

 

9. No talking at the dinner table

There's nothing quite like listening to people chewing…

 

8. Don’t put too much weight on the cushion when you put your head back

What does this even mean?!

 

7. Take your shoes and socks off

AND socks?

 

6. Don't sit on my deceased dog's side of the sofa

I… just… I…

 

5. Don't eat too many biscuits when offered

*puts back 8th biscuit*

 

4. No non-vegan food is allowed in the house

What do you think of this?

 

3. Tell the cat you like him, or he won't forgive you

To be fair, this is good advice.

 

2. Don't use too much loo roll 

But how much is too much?!

 

1. Don't sit on any furniture - please sit on the floor

Makes perfect sense.  

 

The survey also showed that some vegan homeowners are adopting the 'no non-plant-based foods in the house' rule, with one respondent answering “We’re vegan in our house so you will be too."

Emily Jenkins, a 22-year-old from Cheshire, said that she has banned meat in her house and insists her guests must eat vegetarian, “I don’t have many rules for guests, but my number one rule is that there is no meat allowed in the house. Obviously, I want guests to feel welcome, however, I do have to draw the line at having meat in the house as it goes against my morals.

“I have had people tell me it’s selfish to dictate what other people can eat in my house, and I sympathise with that, but I do find it insulting when (after many years of being a vegetarian) people ask me if they can bring their own meat. If you’re coming to my house, you have to follow the rules.”

 

What do you think? Was your pet peeve on the list or do you have one that you would add? Let us know on Twitter – we're @your_home.






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