3 Things to Keep in Mind When Moving in With a New Roommate

Are you nervous to be moving in with a new roommate? You don’t have to be. Here are 3 things to consider to ensure you have a good relationship with your roommate.

  1. Designated Communal Areas: A typical roommate complaint is when someone is treating a private space a public space. Bottom line, don’t hang out in your roommate’s room and don’t use their personal belongings without their permission first. Everyone values their personal space, so you should value your roommate’s.
  2. Shared Cleaning Duties: A pain point for roommates is who is in charge of cleaning what and when. Toilets, dishes, carpets - Who’s going to do the cleaning? It’s best to get together with your roommate right away and discuss the cleaning duties. It’ll be good for your hygiene and it’ll be good for your relationship with your roommate.
  3. Guest Privileges: A sensitive topic that may arise is the matter of guest privileges. Some people might think that because they pay rent, they can invite whoever over whenever they want. But this is not the case. Having a friend or 2 over every once in a while may not bother your roommate, but throwing a big party or having a significant other stay over every other night might. So be sure to communicate with your roommate when you plan on having guests over, especially when you are going to use common spaces.

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