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It sounds ob­vi­ous but make sure you know when your guests are com­ing — and when they’re due to leave.

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing your ex­pec­ta­tions from the start should save ev­ery­one from con­fu­sion and stress later.

“You need to be able to plan prop­erly,” says Tara. “Be up front about times.”

Cassie says you need to be prac­ti­cal about where you ex­pect your guests to sleep. While hav­ing a cou­ple of ex­tra teenagers sleep on a blow-up mat­tress on the liv­ing room floor might be fine, el­derly par­ents should prob­a­bly sleep in a con­ven­tional bed in a separate room.

“If you’re hav­ing par­ents to stay, of­ten they won’t sleep on the sofa,” she says.

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