Live in a share house
To know how to live in a share house
Let's start with why it's important:
- living in a share house can be economical and can be fun if your house mates become your mates
- knowing how to manage conflict with a house mate can mean you will fix small problems before either of you feel like you want to leave the share house
Living in a share house is not easy but here are some simple tips to help you nail it!
- Keep your mess to your room, it is your space do with it what you will
- Keep communal areas clean, create a roster or break it down into cleaning weeks
- Always let your house mates know if a friend, partner or family member is coming over, it will ensure everyone is comfortable
- Pay your rent, bills and any other communal expenses on time
- Honesty is the best policy, if something is upsetting you let your housemate know in a kind way
Set up a share house agreement
Download the document in this site and fill it out with your house mates.
Build house traditions
The very best share houses do fun things together. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- a communal mean one night a week and rotate who cooks
- a games night once a week
- sharing a sport you all enjoy once a week like Friday night footy
Cleaning roster game
This is a huge website from the USA with thousands of how-to short videos. There is a huge Home section. Anything you need to learn how to clean, you can find it here!
Take a look at how to clean a fridge here.
Dealing with a difficult housemate
Read through this article to give you some ideas of how to cope such as spending some time away from your house mate and talking to a friend about the issue so they can give you some ideas or a fresh perspective.
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Create a rental pack, tips & advice on apply for vacant rooms in shared housing properties
A not for profit organisation that can help with issues around repairs, being behind on rental payments, and eviction proceedings. They have a free questionnare on their website that can guide you to the next steps to improve your issue.
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