5 important tips for living with roommates
Living with roommates is a great way to save money, but cohabitation comes with its own set of challenges. Follow these five tips to make the most out of your living situation.
1. Create a chore chart
Never argue about whose turn it is to take out the trash again with the help of this handy tool. Identify the biggest responsibilities in the house, like emptying the dishwasher, cleaning the bathroom and feeding pets. Write them on an erasable board next to the name of the roommate responsible for their completion. Buzzfeed suggests keeping chores on a rotating schedule, so that nobody gets stuck doing something for too long. Use the chart until you figure out a routine that works well for your home.
2. Adjust your habits
You might need to make some changes to your lifestyle to leave peacefully with other people. For example, if you like to blast music after midnight and your roommate gets up at 5 a.m. for work, you probably want to invest in some headphones. Figure out a way to work with issues like typical bedtimes, guest policies and whether or not it is alright to smoke inside. Once you have reached an agreement with your roommates, try to respect the arrangement, notes Move.com.
3. Split the cost for appliances
Make a list of essential household appliances like toasters, space heaters, room fans and televisions. Figure out costs and divide buying responsibilities evenly amongst everyone. The Daily Californian recommends trying not to be possessive about the items you bought – remember, you are using things that your roommates paid for as well.
4. Choose rooms ahead of time
Do not wait until you are carrying your furniture into the apartment to choose who gets the big room. Sit down with everyone once the lease is signed and plan out where everyone will be living. If there are significant discrepancies in the size or quality of rooms, be sure to adjust rent prices or offer other benefits to those who take the less desirable spaces.
5. Establish a rent policy
Buzzfeed notes that being open and respectful about money issues is key to creating a successful cohabitation environment. Right away, establish how the rent will be split and paid with your roommates. Once the system has been set, make sure you give your share on time each month to avoid any uncomfortable confrontations.
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