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How to be a Good Roommate

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April 8, 2015


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Living with a new roommate is something that takes time for most people to adjust to. So to help you out, here are some tips for a peaceful living environment:


Always Ask


When it comes to roommates, or anyone for that matter, it’s best to always ask if you need to borrow something, move something, a favor, for their help; anything. Asking first lets you see what your roommate likes to share and what is off limits completely. Not only does asking show respect for that person and their things, but it begins the relationship between the two of you with trust. In this case, it’s far better to ask permission than beg for forgiveness!


Clean It, Fix It or Replace It!


If you use something, clean it; if you break something, fix it; and if you take the last of something replace it. No one likes living with someone who’s a slob or careless nor do they want to nag you to do things. Bottom line, try your best to keep things neat, in order, and accessible.


Set Ground Rules from the Get-go


Many times ground rules are an afterthought and are established once something has already gone awry. Although it may seem unnecessary to set ground rules in the beginning, this simple agreement can avoid many unnecessary misunderstandings and disagreements down the road.


Go Light on Utilities


If you’re sharing an apartment with your roommate, it’s likely you are also splitting the cost of utilities. In order to keep the bill down for you and your roommate, try to use these services sparingly. You can do this by taking shorter showers, turning the lights off, adjusting the ac when you leave, etc.; every bit helps.


Pay Your Rent…On Time


This is a big one. It is not fair to your roommate or your landlord if you aren’t paying your rent on time and can lead to consequences such as your electricity being turned off, late fees, and even eviction. It’s much easier to pay your rent on time to avoid the financial and personal trouble neglecting to do so can cause.


Be Mindful of Your Roommate’s Schedule


Most people have some sort of regular routine or schedule they have to abide by; you know, like a job? These types of schedules often require rest or preparation so it’s important to do what you can to be respectful of your roommate’s schedule so that they can be happy and so can you.


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