When you’re moving in with a person you don’t know that well or even with one of your good friends – ground rules need to be set to make sure you’re both on the same page. If you jump into being housemates without setting a clear foundation of what is expected from both of you, there’s a good chance a problem will arise and you won’t have any prior discussions to look back on to see how you’re going to handle the situation. We’ve outlined a list of questions you should ask before you move in with a new roommate.

Discuss Your Class and/or Work Schedules

Discuss each individuals schedules. This will help give you a better understanding of when you should expect to see each other at home. Even though having somewhat different schedules can in many instances work fine, if you work a 9-5 and your potential housemate works in the food and beverage industry and gets off at 2AM most nights, it’s important to consider whether you are likely to get woken up every night. Make sure you understand each others weekly schedules just to make sure you’re both on the same page. If you are using the homies™ app, both the length of your work schedule, and whether you work from home is included in our questionnaire.

Cleaning – It’s as Simple as Housemates Working Together 

Cleanliness and how the cleaning is going to get done is another major point of contention between roommates. In order to prevent disagreements, we recommend that you and all potential housemates have a discussion about cleanliness and each roommates expectations within the house. While this is unlikely to prevent all problems from arising – this should prevent most cleaning disagreements, and will make a great jumping off point if and when issues do arise. It’s important for everyone to be on same page, and if you decide to live with each other, don’t be afraid to voice problems as they arise.

Avoid Waking Up To Random House Guest In Your Living Room : Set The Rules For House and Overnight Guests

While nobody expects you to not have friends come over to your house, it’s important to keep in mind that you aren’t the only person who lives there. Creating ground rules on house guests and overnight guests prior to moving in with someone can help to prevent a lot of potential problems from arising. While it’s hard to say no to having your housemates friend stay on your couch, nobody wants to end up in a situation where their living room has a full time occupant.

My advice is to set a limit on how long any specific person is allowed to stay at the apartment. Typically what I would say is reasonable is a weekend, or potentially a long weekend. Clearly circumstances change, and you may decide to allow your roommate to have a friend come visit for a longer period, but what you are trying to avoid is having someone move into your living room while they are between living situations. While this may seem harsh, many people will postpone finding a new apartment if they have a free couch to stay on.

If you need help creating ground rules, the homies in app roommate agreement is a great resource.

As Housemates – Make it Clear If You’re Looking For A Friend or Just A Housemates

If you are interested in more of the social aspects of having a roommate, you may want to discuss interests and hobbies. If you are looking for someone that you can hang out with whether from the comfort of your own living room or to go out and do activities, like a social sports league such as Volo City – it’s important that there are at least some common interests.

Understand Your Roommates Schedule Outside of Work

Discussing yours and your potential housemates social lives can also have a drastic impact on your living experience. If you are a quiet introvert who likes to spend a lot of your time reading, you probably don’t want to live with a roommate who loves to throw house parties, and vice versa they probably would rather not live with you. Again your social lives don’t have to be identical for you to be compatible as roommates, but it’s much better if they aren’t completely contrasting.