I’m sure you’ve already heard your fair share of horror stories and tales of woe about positively terrible roommates. Believe me, I’ve heard more than enough as well. And, while I’m lucky enough to never have tolerated an awful roommate experience myself, I’ve heard enough nightmarish narratives to make me never want to bunk up with someone again.
But, you know what you don’t hear about as often? All of the positives that come along with having a roommate. It’s usually cheaper — and you can get more bang for your buck as far as space is concerned! You’ll feel safer, and have someone to report if you didn’t come home one night. And, you don’t need to feel terrified when you’re home alone after you stupidly decided to watch a marathon of horror movies. At least you have someone to feel terrified with you. However, the logistics of rooming with someone can be a challenge. If you’re soon moving in with a new roommate, here are a few things you should coordinate ahead of time — because you definitely don’t need two microwaves.
1. Furniture and Supplies
Moving in with a new roommate can be tricky. You want to make sure you have everything you need, without wasting space on duplicates of items. Before move in day, create a checklist of all of the essentials you need in your new digs — everything from appliances to cleaning supplies. Have a conversation with your new roommate to see what they already have, and then split up the remaining items equally! You can also shop together for a few things once you’ve moved in. It’ll be a great bonding experience, and will also get you in the habit of shopping for shared goods.
2. Medical Conditions
Of course, you want to make your roommate aware of any serious medical conditions or allergies you have. Not only will this help them to be conscious of anything they shouldn’t have in your shared space, but also give them a heads up in case they ever need to deal with an emergency situation involving your health.
If you’re going to be sharing a space, you’ll likely be paying for it together too. Make sure you’ve set out your payment expectations ahead of time so that you’re both on the same page. This is especially important if you’ll be footing the bill for the entire rent and then expecting a check from your roommate. Financial conversations can always be a little awkward — but they’re important discussions to have!
4. Other Ground Rules
While you’re having the uncomfortable conversations, take some time to lay out any other ground rules that might be important to you. Whether there’s a certain item you’re not alright with your roommate using, or if you don’t want to have any guests over after midnight during the week, ensure that you can reach a compromise about important issues ahead of time. The conversations might seem premature, but they’ll save you many future headaches!
Moving in with a new roommate is exciting, but it can also be a little intimidating. Make sure you coordinate these things ahead of time, and you’ll be well on your way to a happy and successful roommate arrangement!
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