Inviting a friend to share a living space with you and your significant other presents both benefits and challenges. On the one hand, an additional resident can ease some of the burden of rent and upkeep while adding friendship and fun to the mix. On the other hand, differing expectations and personalities can cause stress and relational hardship for both roommate and couple alike. With the right preparation ahead of time, however, the arrangement can go smoothly for everyone. Here are some tips for how to set yourself up for success.
Be intentional about your living situation rather than leaving it open-ended. Choose a timeframe of nine or ten months, which gives you plenty of margin for making decisions before signing your next one-year lease. At that point, evaluate if and how any of you want to change the living situation before committing to another year.
When signing the lease, make sure you understand how your deposit works. If one person moves out ahead of the others, the deposit remains held. The remaining roommates will have to work out a plan with the departing renter in terms of payment.
Going over important ground rules ahead of time will help prevent miscommunication or discord down the road. Here are some topics well worth hashing out ahead of time.
When living in such close proximity to one another, you will want to make your relational expectations clear as well so there are no unintended hurt feelings or blurred boundaries. Here are some questions worth discussing before living together:
If you’re moving in on the same day, make a plan ahead of time to ensure a smooth process. Discuss key pickup with your leasing professional, map out placement of shared furniture, coordinate the timing of unloading trucks, and set guidelines for how and when everyone should get their boxes unpacked. The following checklist offers additional tips to help your move go off without a hitch.
Sharing a living space can be a positive experience when you plan ahead of time and choose an apartment that offers plenty of space and amenities to share. To see how The Charles will work for you, visit our site and then schedule a tour!