Moving out can be exciting! I remember when I first looked for apartments, I wondered if a roommate would be right for me.
I read so many articles on experiences on what to do and what not to do. It can be tricky coming to terms with a new roommate.
So here are 3 things you should discuss before choosing who you live with!
If you have a roommate, you’re likely going to be splitting the bills 50/50. So it’s good to sit down and write out what all those bills might be. Here’s a list of bills to give you an idea:
1- Rent / Mortgage
7- Tv services
And other things like splitting the cost of furniture and groceries. Your own personal bills like Phone, Car, insurances..etc (Some apartments might include certain utilities with the cost of rent so make sure to ask)
Some things to consider is: What will you do or what happens if they can’t afford their portion that week? What happens if you have a late fee and it was not your fault? These are very possible things to consider with your roommate.
So you’re probably thinking if there’s only two of you it shouldn’t get that messy. Well I will let you know, your bathroom and kitchen will never stay clean. You will need some kind of schedule! Who will clean what? Will you take turns? How often will you both clean? Does your roommate pick up after themselves?
The last thing you want to do is argue about cleaning. You’ll be surprised that this could be a big problem, but the truth is if you’re doing most of the work and your roommate is slacking off, you’re not going to be happy in the long run. So discuss cleaning rules of the home. You’ll be happy you did this first instead of later when it’s a difficult conversation or it starts a argument
You both have different lives and different upbringings. This means you both respond to things differently. How will you both handle conflict? How will you talk about problems? If there is a problem, what’s the best method for approaching your roommate with respect? Yes you need to have a conversation of how to deal with problems of living together!
So choose your roommate carefully and make sure to talk about these things otherwise you might run into more problems later on!
"Both sides need to be comfortable enough to be able to open up about even the negative parts."
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