Some flatmates are made in heaven and some others, well, let’s just say they don’t quite make the cut. Living with a person whether familiar or a total stranger comes with its set of advantages, frustrations, and challenges.
It’s no surprise how truly disappointing some people find their living conditions because they are stuck with a frustrating flatmate.
You definitely do not want to be that person who’ll be remembered as a weird flatmate or worse, annoying one.
Hence, it is important to play the part of a flatmate who is fun, can be trusted, and is commendable.
Like the popular saying goes; this life is a small village.
Here are some tips to help you become a better roommate;
- Communicate From The Start
Perhaps one of the most important tips when living together with someone is communication. Remember that you’ll be sharing a lot of common areas with this person.
Hence, you two want to communicate your needs, and likes, dislikes, and preferences, even before moving in together. Like every human, your flatmate is no psychic, they cannot read minds, so would need to hear about your preferences from you.
Do you like your space thoroughly kept in order? Do you like to wake up in a quiet environment? Are there personal reservations you have? Boundaries? Things you prefer or dislike? These are the things to speak about.
In addition to having these serious conversations and exchanges, note down vital information on your flatmate. For instance, what they do for a living, maybe even where they work. A little background story might come in handy in the future.
Exchange emergency contact information so as to have back up means of reaching your flatmate in the future.