Making the transition to living with your significant other or a roommate can be tricky. Whether you’re a couple ready to take the next step in your relationship or simply moving in with a friend, it’s essential to start off your living arrangement on the right foot. You may not agree on everything that goes into owning or renting a house or apartment. Living with someone can easily lead to rifts and drama in a relationship. That’s why it is imperative to plan ahead before moving in together. Try using these three tips to help with the adjustment.
Divide the bills evenly
Keep your relationship with your roommate intact and avoid financial arguments. The best way to do this is to evenly split expenses among roommates. However, there are other responsibilities that come with paying bills. For instance, if you are overcharged or if a debt collector tries to call, who will be in charge of that phone call? Talking to these companies can be time consuming as they tend to put you on hold a lot, so it’s a good idea not to have just one person stuck with this task. Try designating the same amount of utilities (cable, electric, plumbing) to each roommate. Divide grocery shopping trips as evenly as possible. If it seems like one person is doing more work, trade off your designated responsibilities for a short amount of time.
Plan ahead for cleaning and everyday maintenance
Consider this approach. Before the move, begin constructing a weekly or monthly chart of every chore that needs to get done. Make sure that each roommate isn’t completing the same tasks every day. If a roommate cleans the bathroom on Thursday, schedule that same person to do the dishes on Friday. That way everyone rotates through different chores and there are no complaints. Check off the tasks as you complete them to avoid arguments about what did and did not get accomplished.
Create a schedule that works for both of you
First, make sure you and your roommate have a similar sleep schedule. You might find it difficult to live with someone who starts their day when you’re trying to sleep. Next, schedule your plans that involve using the house or apartment. Maybe you want to have a small get together with your friends, but you don’t want your roommate’s friends to be involved. It’s hard to know exactly when your plans will take place from week to week, but you can make a rough guide for who can entertain at the house and when.
Once all of this is settled, you are ready for your big move. Make sure to discuss with your roommate how to prepare for this transition. Consider hiring a mover to make it a little easier. Are you moving to or from the Albuquerque area? Call Transcendent Moving & Storage to guarantee a stress-free move. For more tips on moving, check out the other articles on our site.