How to Get Rid of House Guest?

by katiem2

The ways to avoid getting stuck with a long term and unwanted house guest are easy and effective once you develop the habits of the house guest free.

We've all heard the nightmare stories of those stuck with unwanted house guest. They lose their freedom, privacy and basically go mad with the intrusion that won’t go away. If you’re among the lucky ones who've yet to approve the request from another to stay in your home keep it that way. Regardless of whether the possible house guest is a friend or family member the best way to avoid an ugly situation is to simply consider the historical facts of those who've fallen prey to the temporary house guest!

The Best Way to Get Rid of House Guest

The best way to get rid of house guest is to never let it happen, don't put yourself in that situation.


Develop a short list of reasons why you cannot or will not take in house guest while you consider the horror stories of those who did.

First of all ask yourself why anyone would want to move in with another person. What are the circumstances?

Have You Had Unwanted House Guest

If you've had unwanted house guest or been one share with us your experience.

Do they have a job? Do they have reliable transportation to get a job if they don’t have one? Have they successfully lived on their own for an extended period of time? Are they looking for a free ride for a while?

The Unwanted House Guest

The best police when it comes to welcoming unwanted house guest into your home is full disclosure and honesty.

If having others intrudes your privacy sends cold chills down your spine or puts knots in your stomach do not do it. Be honest telling anyone who may ask, no going on to explain you are a very private person and it would not work.  Put it all on you telling them you cannot live with others. You can go on to say you can’t put the relationship you have with this person in jeopardy as you know it would not work out well. 

How to Refuse House Guest

Allowing anyone to stay in your home for a few days may turn into weeks or months.

You have other options; you can help them come up with other ideas to eliminate their housing problems. You may help them determine what their goals are and how they intend to move forward. Talking to the person about their need for a place to live puts you in a different category, the helpful person who notes the truth about the situation. The person who encourages the person or people to face the reality of their issues doesn’t make for the best person to live with. Anyone looking to become an extended house guest doesn’t choose to live with those who question what they’re doing with their life and in fact tend to avoid those types.

Note: honesty goes a long way and it is never a good idea to say yes to someone who wants to stay with you when you know it’s not your cup of tea.

Updated: 05/14/2013, katiem2
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katiem2 on 03/26/2017

DerdriuMarriner, Unfortunately I have found myself in this situation, it can happen when your least expected to...

DerdriuMarriner on 03/23/2017

katiem2, I've been looking forward to reading this article, and it's worth the wait! I'm looking forward to the book even though I don't remember ever facing this situation.

katiem2 on 05/29/2013

yvettestupart, You said it very well thanks for adding to the conversation.

katiem2 on 05/28/2013

AnomalousArtist, Oh those lessons learned, right? No need to repeat mistakes.

AnomalousArtist on 05/27/2013

Wish I'd read this a few years ago! ;)

katiem2 on 05/27/2013

Thanks Jason, So glad you found me here. do come back often.

Jason on 05/27/2013

Good one katiem2

katiem2 on 05/24/2013

Mike, you are so right it is all to common for any one of us to innocently think inviting a house guest into our home is a good idea and one that will be a temporary experience. In fact one day can feel like one hundred for many of us who don't fully understand the comfort of privacy in our own homes.

teddletonmr on 05/24/2013

This is a common issue most anyone can innocently get themselves into.

katiem2 on 04/16/2013

True if you have a spouse and kids it becomes much more involved and complicated.

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