There are many benefits that go along with having a “good” roommate. Whether you are still in college or working, you will have a much better living experience at Catalina West if you follow these Roommate Etiquette Guidelines.
Set Basic Rules
The very first thing you should do when you have a roommate is establishing basic rules. Some things you may want to consider is how you are going to divide up bills, who’s in charge of paying what, guest policies, cleaning policies, and more. Below are some rules you can follow to get started.
Ask Before You Borrow
In other words, don’t go snooping through your roommate’s closet without permission. Even if your roommate is your best friend, you should always be considerate of their personal belongings and ask before using.
Clean up After Yourself
You’ve only heard this from your mom countless times, “Always remember to clean up after yourself.” No one wants to pick up someone else’s mess. If you eat or cook a meal, clean it up as soon as you’re done.
Remember to be mindful of your roommates sleeping schedule. If you know your roommate has a big day tomorrow, don’t stay up all night partying with friends or blaring the TV.
If you have a pet, it is your responsibility. Not your roommates. Do not depend on them to feed or walk your dog. If your roommate is willing to help take care of your pet that’s fine but do not make it their responsibility.
Safety and Privacy
Remember that your safety is also your roommate’s safety. Remember to lock all the doors before leaving, make sure the oven and stove are off, and to turn off lights that are not being used.
Honesty is the Best Policy
When in doubt, talk it out. If an issue arises, don’t be afraid to talk about it. Communication is vital in any relationship, and you want to make sure you’re an honest communicator.
Follow the Golden Rule
“Treat your Roommate as you would want them to Treat You.” Treat your roommate with the respect you would want from them.
Last but not least, have fun! Whether you are in college, graduated, or working, remember to have fun with your roommate. You can watch movies together, play games, bake, and much more.
If you need help finding the right apartment for you and your roommate(s), give us a call at 806-793-2020.