If you’re a fresh employee or student, chances are, you’re either renting an apartment with a couple of others, or you’ve bought an apartment but are looking for roommate/s. Not only does it bring down the expenses, it also means not having to be all by yourself in your Palakkad apartment. However, having a roommate is a dicey thing – great if it goes well, but if it doesn’t go too well, it can be disastrous. So here we share a few secrets to forging a good bond with your roomie and having a happy home.
How To Develop Good Bond With Roommate :
Set ground rules:
At the beginning itself, have an honest talk with your roommate and set out the rules: this should cover all aspects like guests, cleanliness, laundry, cooking, electricity and other utilities usage as well as bill sharing, preferred noise levels, meal times, and whatever else you think is important. Be sure to mention what is an absolute no-no for you: smoking, drinks, overnight guests, vegetarian or non-vegetarian food, and so on.
While it’s important to set ground rules, you may need to bend those rules once in a while depending on the situation. It’s best to be upfront and tell your roommate beforehand so that there are no misunderstandings or tense situations. You should also be willing to accommodate certain requests from your roommate – mutual respect and give and take is very important to maintaining an amiable relationship.
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Draw up a chore chart:
Draw up a chart assigning responsibilities to yourself and your roommates in your flat in Palakkad; either split up work wise, like A in charge of laundry, B in charge of cooking, C in charge of cleaning, and so on, or according to the day: Mondays to be handled by A, Tuesdays… you get the drift!
If you’re renting the apartment and are splitting the rental costs, it’s better to put one person in charge of collecting everyone’s share and then remitting it to the landlord. If one of the roommates is the owner, that person of course will have to stay on top of things. Just like for utilities like electricity, internet, and maintenance charges, you can set up an electronic system or use online wallets or other e-payment methods so that you don’t fall behind.
Maintain proper account of expenses:
It’s vital that you maintain a proper record of all the expenses incurred (unless they are personal, like clothes, cosmetics and so on), and record how much each roommate has spent. At the end of the month, make sure that everyone has contributed equally by dividing the total expenses and adjusting the amounts.
Don’t sweat the small stuff:
With all your rules and declarations, occasionally there may be trespasses or rule breaking – unless its life changing, just grin and bear it. Otherwise your apartment life will be full of stress – it’s simply not worth it!
Make it fun:
your roommates are like your family. Plan fun activities with them – a picnic, movie, a road trip, morning jogs – whatever you all, or most of you, enjoy doing. This way, your bonds will grow stronger, and your apartment life will be smooth and happy.
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