With the high cost of housing, some people have no choice but to share living arrangements. Whether you’re moving in with a friend, family member, significant other, or someone you found on a roommate wanted ad; there are ways to make the experience better for everyone. Know what to expect before you co-sign that lease agreement, and keep the peace by following some of these five moving tips:
Cohabitating has its share of ups and downs. The positive is that you can divvy up the living costs and pay less for rent, utilities, and even food if you decide split groceries. The negative is that you have to share your space with someone who may not have the same standards of cleanliness and hygiene as yourself. There’s also the loss of privacy. One way to resolve potential conflicts is by devising a roommates’ agreement so that all responsibilities, terms, and conditions are agreed upon before you move in with someone.
If you can't handle the idea of someone leaving wet towels on the floor or dirty dishes in the sink, then maybe having a roommate is not the best idea. However, if you are willing to compromise, you’ll likely have a happier home life. Setting ground rules and a cleaning schedule are two ways to keep your friends close, your roommates closer.
With your loved one, you’re likely to share a whole lot more than just the bedroom. Money is one of those things that can cause strife between couples. Setting a budget and making sure to agree on living costs is an essential step to keeping the peace. It also helps to get out of the house by stepping out on date nights and also doing things separately.
Hiring a moving company to move in your belongings to your new shared abode does not mean that said items now belong to the house. While sharing chores and splitting rent is one thing, there may be things such as food, toiletries, and other personal belongings that you wish to keep separate. Make sure your roommate is well aware of what those items are, and which belongings are communal.
For some, sharing a home also involves the amalgamation of assets. However, most of us do not require two sets of dishes or have room for all that extra furniture and appliances. Before you hire movers to deliver all your worldly goods, make a list of your belongings and show it to your soon-to-be roommate so that you can avoid duplicating items. If you don't wish to sell or give away your belongings, see if your moving company offers storage services.
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