Living with a roommate can be difficult at times if you’ve never done it before, but also so exciting! From saving money on rent, to having help with chores; you’ll always have a friend when you live with a roommate. Here are 5 tips from Robert Hancock & Co. to remember when getting a new roomie!
- Communicate: Communication is so important when moving in with someone new! Knowing their work or school schedule will make it much easier for things to get done in the apartment. Keeping open lines of communication will prevent confusion and potential arguments. Be sure to share emergency contact information just in case something were to happen.
- Set Boundaries: Like Aretha Franklin said, R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Everyone has their own personal boundaries, and they deserve to be respected! Discuss what things you are comfortable sharing, and what things you prefer to keep to yourself. Know that people are more willing to respect your boundaries if you respect theirs! Also, remember that you don’t always have to spend time together; it is nice to have some alone time!
- Share Responsibilities: One person shouldn’t be held responsible for ALL of the chores and payments in the apartment. Think about making a chore calendar or rotating chores each week! Make a smart decision when handling your rent payments. We suggest setting up automatic payments so you never have a late fee! This can avoid conflict in the long run.
- Keep an Open Mind: Remember, not everyone was raised the same way or thinks the same way that you do. Understand that your roommate might have different habits or beliefs! Don’t get upset with them for doing things a different way than you are used to. Remember tip #1, and communicate your feelings for a stronger roommate relationship!
- Be Considerate: This seems like a no-brainer, but always remember to be considerate to your roomie! We all deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.