Layout the Rules
Before moving in, each roommate should discuss the basic guidelines for everyday living. This includes how loud the music should be played and at what time, who cleans what rooms, who takes out the garbage, and anything else that you can think of. Most arguments start because neither roommate knows who is responsible for what duties and when they should be completed. Each roommate should know what task and priorities they are responsible for in the household.
Communication is important in any relationship. If there is something thatís bothering you about your roommate, communicate it early before it gets bigger than it needs to be. Talking things out in an open forum allows each roommate to voice their problems and collectively find a solution.
Do you want a healthy relationship between you and your roommate? It starts with respecting each other. Donít insult or put down your roommate because ultimately we all want to be treated with the same respect that is given. If it is determined that you canít get along with your roommate, do enough to stay out of each otherís way until the end of the lease. †Most importantly, you donít want your roommate to skip out before the terms of the agreement have ended.
Get to Know Each Other
If you are unfamiliar with your roommate, take some time to get to know each other. Find out what each otherís likes and dislikes are even if youíve had previous roommate experiences. If you donít get the opportunity to know anything about your roommate, you will never be able to communicate successfully.
With any relationship, there will always be ups and downs. The goal is to get along with each other for the length of the lease if not longer. Having a healthy relationship with your roommate will make living with a roommate that much easier.