Sharing an apartment can be a great way to save money that living alone just wouldn’t allow. Your rent will be cheaper, you can carpool to work or school, and best of all, it’s nice to have one or more people to keep you company! Unfortunately, living with roommates may come with some unavoidable issues. If these issues are left unattended, they may become unbearable. The best course of action is to take preventative measures. Here are 4 common issues many people face with a roommate, and how to deal with them before they become a major problem.
Everyone has a different standard of what “clean” means, which is why it’s the most common roommate issue that people face. While one of you prefers to wash dishes at the end of the day after eating all meals, the other may find that dishes should be washed immediately after every meal. You’ll need to find a way to compromise.
Communicate! The best way to avoid conflict is to let your roommate(s) know what everyone needs to do to keep the apartment clean and smelling fresh. As well, return the favor by asking them what you can do for them.
When it comes to renting, it’s common for each person to pay equally, unless someone gets an extra perk such as an in-room bathroom or a larger space. However, the small things like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, etc. are where the “who-pays-for-what” line gets blurred, and roommates can get upset.
Establish a plan for who pays for what. For example, any utilities or amenities that are shared, you can alternate monthly/weekly, or split them evenly every time. This also works for things everyone uses equally, like cleaning supplies, decorations, etc. With food, it’s best to purchase and eat your own so that there are no complications about who eats and pays for what items.
Every once in awhile your roommate may bring someone over without asking and for the most part, it will not bother you one bit. However, if it consistently continues to occur, it may become a huge inconvenience.
Develop some general house rules about guests that everyone can agree too. They do not need to be unnecessarily strict, but asking for guests to leave by 10 pm on weekdays is not unreasonable. Or suggest that they hang out in your roommate’s room instead of the living area.
Mistakes will always happen no matter how careful someone tries to be. Someone might spill a glass of wine on the carpet or break a dinner plate in the kitchen — something like this is bound to occur.
Keep an open mind. You have to be willing to forgive accidents and be responsible enough to own up to them. If you ruin or break something, be ready to replace it.
Reminder: Anything that has high/sentimental value should be kept in your room. The last thing you need is for something irreplaceable to break.
Roommate problems are common and having them doesn’t mean you or anyone else living in the house is high-maintenance or controlling. The key to preventing potential conflicts and resolving current issues is to stay in communication with your roommate(s) and don’t be afraid to tell them how you’re feeling.
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