You’ve just scored the perfect rental apartment and you can’t wait to move in! The only problem is that it’s a tad bit out of your price range so you know you’ll have to find a roommate to help cover expenses. Living with somebody new can take a bit of adjustment, but here are ten tried and true tips that will make the act of easing into your new cohabitation situation a heck of a lot smoother!
1. Set Ground Rules
Before the first box even crosses the threshold of your new rental apartment, you and your roommate need to lay down the ground rules. Discussing things like your viewpoint on guests (particularly overnights), your thoughts on noise levels and how much personal space you each need is imperative to a healthy and successful roomie relationship.
2. Be Respectful of Each Other’s Stuff
Whatever you do, do NOT assume that anything that belongs to your roommate also belongs to you. Even if you don’t think that they will notice a missing bar of soap or the fact that you swiped the last slice of their leftover pizza, rest assured that they will. Try to think about how you would feel if the tables were turned.
3. Understand Each Other’s Schedules
If you are a night owl and a roommate is an early bird (or vice versa), you will need to discuss how best to navigate these two glaringly different lifestyles in a way that leaves both of you feeling heard and respected.
4. Divide Up Chores
One of the worst types of roommates is a messy one! Nobody wants to feel obligated to follow their housemate from room to room picking up the disarray that is left in their wake. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that you have a cleaning schedule in place where the chores are evenly divided among both (or all) of you. This way nobody feels like they are carrying all of the weight when it comes to keeping your space neat.
5. Communicate Clearly
This is perhaps the golden rule of sharing an apartment rental with a roommate! Communication is the key to living together in harmony! This doesn’t just mean saying what you mean and meaning what you say. It also means addressing issues as soon as they arise in a mature and calm manner, rather than letting them fester or allowing them to eke out in a passive aggressive manner.
6. Know Your Financial Responsibility
This is another big one! Sharing an apartment rental means more than just paying the rent. There are electric bills, cable, water, and other potential expenses that you will also want to consider. Prior to moving in, make sure that you each know what you are responsible for paying, what the due dates are for your responsibilities and how you intend to send money back and forth that may be due amongst you.
7. Be Willing to Compromise
Living with a roommate means not always expecting to be right! There will be times (a lot of them) where you and your roomie will have to agree to disagree and be willing to come up with a solution that works for you both!
8. Stay Curious
Chances are pretty good that you and your roommate don’t come from identical backgrounds. Rather than judging your roomie for habits or traditions that don’t make sense to you, commit to staying curious about them and be willing to use your new living situation as a way to learn more about the world around you.
9. Know Your Own Bad Habits
This is another very important factor in maintaining a healthy and balanced relationship with your new roommate! Don’t just assume that any dissonance that arises is due to your roomie’s behavior and habits. Be willing to admit that you have bad habits, too. It might even be helpful to address these up front so that you can come up with a way to handle them if they become a problem during the time you live together.
10. Exchange Emergency Information
Finally, there is a certain level of responsibility that you and your roommate do have for one another. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the best of friends (or really even hang out it all). Still, making sure that you know who to contact (and how to reach them) in case of an emergency is good information to have for both of you.
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Now that you know exactly how to create a great living scenario with any roommate, it’s time to secure your dream apartment! At Hattiesburg Apartments, we’ve done all of the footwork for you, scouring the best apartment communities in the area to put together a database of quality units with something to offer for everybody. Take a look today and reach out to speak to one of our team members!