Sharing A House - Making It Work

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Share housing is an up-and-coming option for Brisbane youth, as it is a great opportunity to save money on rent without compromising on location and lifestyle. It takes a lot to keep the household at peace, so here are some things to consider when moving into a share house. 

Roomies

There’s this saying that you never truly know someone until you live under the same roof. All odds aside, moving in with close friends can tear relationships apart, and there’s data proving this point. According to Australia’s leading share accommodation website Flatmates.com.au, 47 per cent believe that strangers make best flatmates. Of course, not to say that you can’t move in with your friends, it just takes a lot of adjustment and boundary-setting rules. 

Inspecting a share house

When you’re coming in for an inspection of the potential share house, it is a great opportunity to get to know current residents as well as make a good impression. Ask as many questions about the property as you can like what’s included in the rent, what the facilities are, and what the housemates get up to. This way, you will understand if this share house and its residents will suit your needs and lifestyle.

House rules

When moving in with new roommates, it is a good idea to get to know the current house rules and guidelines. Just some examples of rules that may need to be talked about are limits on overnight guests, using and taking from each other’s groceries and drinks, entering each other’s bedrooms when you are not home, sharing of possessions, acceptable finish time for noise on weeknights, chores, expectations on cooking together or individually.

Agree to raise issues calmly if a problem arises so that the atmosphere in the home is not tense. An example might be to establish a rule that you won’t leave notes, slam doors or leave the room when your housemate enters.

Sorting out the bills 

While a lot of share houses include bills in the room rent, there are some that don’t. When this is the case, it is important to set responsibilities of who pays the bills. Apart from your rent, bills for gas, electricity, internet and water should be divided between all co-tenants. It is the easiest way to do it this way. 

Itemise the shared bills that you will all have in addition to the rent, so everyone is clear about costs and expectations. For example, if there are streaming services like Netflix or Foxtel, car parking or gardening costs. Which leads to the next point:

Don’t leave people out

Include all your housemates in key decisions that affect everyone in the house, especially if money is involved. This includes, whether to renew the tenancy or give notice, whether to get a cleaner, gardening costs, when non-housemates can stay and for how long.

Being a good housemate

Be open to sharing your possessions from time to time – for example, if your housemate borrows some food or drinks occasionally. Clean up after yourself, smile and give people space if you can see that they need some time to themselves or have guests over.

Remember, for shared homes, you may not get everything you want all the time. Maybe one of your housemates has a slightly larger bedroom or a storage area. Again, discuss this in advance and create some rules to keep everyone satisfied.

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