Living Alone or With a Roommate in a Seattle Apartment
Living with a roommate in your Seattle apartment is one of the best ways to save money on your rent, as well as live in a more spacious unit. The price of a two-bedroom apartment won’t usually cost double the amount of rent required in a one-bedroom apartment, so you’ll always pay less to live in a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate than a one-bedroom apartment by yourself.
Here are some simple pieces of advice for making your life in an apartment with a roommate a fun, rewarding, and enjoyable experience.
The Person You Choose as Your Roommate Will Make a Difference
Choosing a roommate may require a search on a website like Craigslist or another roommate-finding webpage, or you might choose to live with a friend or relative. Living with someone you’ve never met and have only recently become acquainted with might require setting some ground rules before you move in together.
Moveline, a resource for finding moving companies, suggests:
“Whether you’re rooming with a friend or someone completely random, it pays to have a conversation about your living habits. Maybe you’re cool with her using your pots and pans, but your fancy shampoo is off-limits. Maybe she’d like a heads-up if your boyfriend is going to be spending the night. Being aware of each other’s needs will make your apartment a much more peaceful place.”
Even if you’re moving in with a friend that you’ve known for years, it can help to have a discussion about what resources you might share with your roommate and what resources you’ll purchase separately.
Decide How to Split the Bills Before You Move In Together
Roommates living in apartments commonly share utilities and various bills, but there are multiple ways to share the bills each month. One option is for one member of the household to apply for the utility in his or her name and to have the other person in the apartment make a payment each month to the other roommate for the cost of the utilities.
Utilities like power, cable television, and telephone service aren’t the only bills that you might need to divide. Refinery29 advises:
“When talking about a more equitable way to share finances, Post emphasizes that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, so be willing to compromise. If you feel like you’re always the one buying staples, maybe you can offer to make that your job — provided your roomie agrees to pay you back once a month.”
If you’ve lived in an apartment in the past and have decided to move in with someone else for the first time, you already know all the likely bills you’ll need to pay. The only project you’ll have in front of you is dividing the bills between the two of you, so everything is equitably paid each month.
Living with a roommate can bring some challenges, but it can also give you someone who will become a lifelong friend even when you’ve both moved on in life. Talking about things like bills and living habits can make the overall experience as enjoyable and low-stress as possible.
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