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A Guide to House Sharing with Your Friends

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Moving in with some of your closest friends can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can also result in slamming doors and strained relationships if you make some of the age-old mistakes people fall into when sharing their space with another person. So, to help you to dodge some of these property-sharing pitfalls, we’ve created a guide to house sharing with your friends, which is packed full with useful tips for harmonious living.

Choosing a property

It is important to identify the needs of each person who will be living at the property. It would, for example, be unfair to give an art student a tiny box room. Someone with an intense love of mountain biking might require a shed to store their bikes. Also, location-wise, your property should be as equidistant from the workplace of each person if at all possible to arrange.


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Setting the boundaries

Defining relationships: Some individuals agree to renting a property with a friend under the illusion that their friendship may blossom into something more. This is a dangerous road to journey down, as should your feelings not be reciprocated, living with that person can become more of a challenge than a pleasure. Awkwardness and hostility can arise from such situations, which may lead to broken friendships.
Dating: Adults living together need to discuss what the rules are about bringing dates home to the flat. You may agree to this on the proviso that relationships are kept strictly within the confines of their own bedroom. Let’s face it – no-one wants to be sat on the sofa, relaxing watching their favourite soap, and finding your flat mate’s skimpy smalls!


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Respecting others

Create a jobs rota: Simple things such as whose turn it was to take the bins out can become the subject of a major argument. It is therefore advisable that you create a rota which can be stuck to the fridge, so everyone can see whose responsibility it is when looking for a certain task to be completed.

Pull your own weight: There are some jobs that are solely the responsibility of the individual. For example, if you were to use a blender to create a smoothie, it is your responsibility to clean it up after use. Do not be tempted to leave it until later.

Don’t finish something you can’t replace: If you’re going to be in for the night, pinching the last drizzle of milk for your coffee isn’t the end of the world, but it isn’t selfless either. If you repeat this behaviour on a regular basis, your flat mates will soon get fed-up of this carefree and self-centred attitude. So next time you look to use up the last of the eggs for an omelette, pop to the shops and replace them that same day.

Ask before you borrow: You may be comfortable with your house mate borrowing your hair brush, but they might not feel the same way. The safest option is always to ask before using someone else’s property.

Music and parties: Being sensitive to the schedules of others and feelings will help to ease any potential friction. If you wish to have a house party, it is only fair that you ask the permission of others living with you. This way, you can schedule it for a date that doesn’t coincide with the night before a friend’s final assessment at work, or an exam.


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Communal areas

It is always difficult deciding whose home accessories can be featured in the communal area. It may therefore be a good idea to purchase cheaper accessories, such as scatter cushions which do not matter as much if they have the odd glass of wine splattered on them. Individuals usually have their own sense of style, so keep things relatively neutral. You can explore your own sense of creativity in your bedroom.


Happy house hunting!


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