It can be difficult to share a home. Most people find this experience to be a challenge. Any group of people will contain individuals who take a different approach to how they live life. When people meet and find themselves residing in the same space, conflicts will arise. However, there’s no need to worry, these conflicts can be handled intelligently, be easily resolved or avoided altogether. Sharing a student house can be a great experience and offers you the opportunity to forge genuine lifelong friendships.
Here are 10 ways you can become the perfect student housemate:
Make a good first impression
Remember, your fellow housemate may arrive, experiencing the same emotions as you, ranging from nervousness to excitement. If you want to go for a drink on your first night, that’s a good idea. However, if one of your housemates is too shy you should respect their feelings. There will be time to get to know each other later. Know before going in someone else’s room. To be more accurate, you should knock and wait to be invited inside. You don’t want to catch your housemate during an embarrassing moment.
Check your tenancy agreement terms carefully
If you’ve signed an individual contract with the landlord, rather than the joint tenancy agreement, you can be better protected since you won’t be held accountable for your housemate’s sins. Do you really want to pay because your fellow tenants are irresponsible or clumsy? If you are unsure, checking the contract status with reputed legal practitioners like Bates Solicitors may just save you from hefty fines later on in the tenure.
Respect other people’s possessions
You may believe this point does not need mentioning, but you may find yourself unpleasantly surprised. Don’t use other people’s towels or eat their food. What may seem trivial to you may be a major cause of resentment for your housemates.
If you and your housemates, buy items together, make sure the financial commitments are clear. Damage can be done to a student friendship when you avoid paying for communal purchases. Everyone should agree, in writing, for shared expenses, like the cost of a new TV.
Don’t encourage the opportunity for theft by carelessly leaving windows and doors open. You may not be the only person in your home whose computer gets taken when a passing burglar takes advantage of the opportunity.
Remember shared bills on time
If there are bills that aren’t included in the rental amount and need to be paid separately, you need to remember that you will share these costs amongst you and your housemates. You can create tension with your housemates by wasting electricity. Just because it’s a cold December day does not mean you can leave your room heater on all day while you go out.
Make sure to clean up after yourself
I’m not trying to sound like your mother. Dishes do not wash themselves and they don’t load themselves either.
Draw up a rota, between you and your housemates for all domestic tasks. If you don’t have a written rota, make sure you’re considerate. Track the last time you cleaned the bathroom or made tea. It may be surprisingly easy for people to unwittingly slide into letting a person do all the work. That person may be seething and ready to explode.
Have respect for the property and landlord
Remember, if you and your housemates have a joint tenancy agreement, your landlord will hold yourself collectively responsible for property damage. If one of your housemates break a window, part of the money needed to make repairs can effectively be taken from your security deposit, even if you were not responsible for the damage.
There are rules you need to follow when it comes to sharing your home. These rules are simple, be considerate, show trust, show respect, and have fun.