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Living with other people can be difficult, especially when each person comes from different backgrounds and has their own habits and ideas how they want to live. It can be enticing to choose a roommate, by taking into consideration how good nature they are, however don`t judge after the first impression; compare his daily living compatibility to yours. So, its important discuss few things with your future roommates.
Firstly you need to ask the future roommate if he has enough financial resources to pay the bills and the rent.
After that, you need to know what his living basics are, such as: being included in the category of early risers or night owls.
Set a daily schedule, and write down on a paper the duties, not only for him but for yourself as well. If you say you’re going to clean the kitchen, he can do the bathroom cleaning. Clean up after yourself, don`t be lazy and let your roommate clean after you, try to agree a minimum standard of cleanliness that both of you abides by.
Don`t make your roommate feel weird because you want to watch the TV at midnight and he wants to sleep; respect each other. Try to spend time with your roommate, talk to him, ask him how was his day; show a little bit of interest on his or her life.
Getting to know the person you live with helps you understand their perspective and allows them to understand yours. Try to set a time when both of you can hang out. Try to cook together, make dinner and watch a movie together. Communicate with your roommate; living with a stranger makes it difficult to communicate and understand his day to day plans. Communication is the key to a better relationship on long-term or even for short term. If you simply can’t communicate with him or her, just find a new roommate that fits you.
Let`s say your roommate is good at cooking and you are not; ask him to make the dinner. Or he has a driving license and a car and you don`t. Don`t be afraid to ask him to take you somewhere with the car.
Lastly, but most importantly, find out if your roommate is smoking or using any kind of drugs, or he’s an alcoholic. You shouldn’t wait the first attempt to these things, simply warn him or kick him out. Respect each other`s privacy and personal space; this is very important if you live in a small living area.
Make clear delineation between your stuff and your roomate’s stuff, and you must always ask before borrowing anything from the other person.