About this listing
My wife and I coined the phrase Homestay For Life for the friendships we have initiated and have maintained with our international guests through the years. Homestay For Life is an accommodation and student service provider which began in our home in 2003. We coined the phrase Homestay For Life for the friendships we have initiated and have maintained with our international guests through the years. Homestay For Life is an accommodation and student service provider which began in our home in 2003. We realized early on that we did not merely rent rooms to people but developed and nurtured friendships for life. My wife and I are a diversified couple who love to travel and have seen most of the world. We understand and are sensitive to foreign cultures and welcome the diversities and customs of international guests. We decided to start a service by offering private bedrooms in our own home to tourists, interns and students. Then shortly thereafter, we began building a network of locations in Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx and Westchester County for additional travelers with our friends and neighbors who too realized the enjoyment and benefits of hosting visitors in their own homes. Our service is growing rapidly with new student arrivals, new host families, and partnerships with schools and agencies from around the world. We welcome our new guests to New York and the beginning of a friendship for life.
It has become apparent that after hosting several homestay guests, we needed to establish some guidelines and expectations. By no means are we attempting to offend you, or be insensitive to different cultures or customs. However, having experienced some awkward situations, we don't assume anything anymore. We want to continue to maintain high standards and make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. Therefore, please understand the following requests:
Most Americans shower regularly, we expect the same from our guests.
All grooming, make-up, manicures, pedicures etc. need to be done in the bathroom only.
Personal body hair needs to be removed from the bathtub or shower after each use.
The bathtub, shower, sink, etc. need to be kept clean after each use.
Only toilet tissue can be flushed down the toilet. Anything else will clog and damage the plumbing.
Since we don't lock any doors in the home, your bedroom needs to be clean and organized at all times. We are not a college dormitory.
Lights need to be turned off when not in use.
Front door outdoor lights need to be turned off when the last person arrives home.
Windows need to be kept closed when the air conditioner or heat is in use.
When eating independently of the family, your dishes need to be washed.
Food and drinks are not allowed in the bedroom.
Smoking is not allowed indoors.
No personal guests are allowed to visit without previous approval.
It is important that you do not answer the front door when no one else is home.
There is a $25 fee to replace the door lock if you should lose your door key.