The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a lot of unexpected circumstances and the real estate market is no exception. Given the instability of the industry, many people have temporarily postponed their dreams of homeownership, resorting to sharing spaces with roommates to help lighten the load of rent.
Nowadays, having roommates is no longer uncommon for people to share spaces with other people, even with other families. That being said, it does come with its own challenges, whether it is with a stranger or even a friend.
Moving day, in particular, can be troublesome for those moving in to a shared space. To that end, we have prepared answers to the most frequently asked questions about living with other people. After all, it is important to consider how compatible you both are before signing anything and calling your local moving company. With no further ado, here they are:
1. What are your day-to-day schedules like?
Ask your roommate about what their schedule is like. With many people now working from home, it is no longer safe to assume that they will be out of the house from 9 to 5. It is not unheard of for people to work in different time zones, to prefer staying up late to waking up early, and so on. It is also important to consider what they do outside of those hours.
2. What do they prefer to do on weekends?
Some people like going out or having visitors over on weekends. Others prefer relaxing indoors, curled up in a little blanket watching Netflix. Others spend their weekends reading, while more spend hours playing video games. Whatever the case may be, it is important to take in a roommate who is more like you. This will lessen the chances of conflict between the two of you and allow for smoother interactions.
3. How messy or neat are they?
Not everyone can be as neat as they hope to be. After all, other people might be too busy to cook or clean. That being said, it is important that everyone sharing the space also share equally in the organising and cleaning. If they are a neat freak and you are known to be rather messy, can you live with the constant pressure to adhere to their standards? If you need everything in its own place but they don’t seem to have a place to store anything, can you live with constantly having to clean up after someone else?
These considerations are among the most important as they become a regular source of conflict for roommates everywhere. As such, it is important to gauge this even before considering calling your local moving company.
4. How equitable and fair is the lease or rental agreement?
Before signing anything, make sure to read the rental agreement. After all, it is important to decide on payment terms that are equitable and fair to both parties. It is also important to understand the nature of your legal relationship with your possible roommates. Would you both be sharing the lease? Is it a fixed-term lease or a month-to-month agreement?
Whatever you decide, make sure all parties understand and agree to the terms. This can prevent a messy legal battle from happening should there arise problems and disputes.
Moving in and of itself is a challenging decision to make. Moving in with a roommate or allowing a roommate to move in is even more so. As such, it is vital to make every consideration; essentially, you must ensure that you are compatible and that every legality and technicality is ironed out for all parties involved.
Once you’ve made your decision and signed all the agreements, make sure to call on the right local moving company to help make this process smoother. Ottawa Moving should be a great choice in this regard. We’ve been doing this for ten years, and we are fully insured to make sure your belongings are safe.