Saturday, April 19, 2014

Choosing a Roommate

When #ChoosingARoommate, it's important to find someone who is compatible with your habits and philosophy.  Otherwise you run the risk of turning your #apartment into a war zone.  Apartment Therapy has a lot of great discussion topics for meeting potential roommates.

Make sure you choose someone with a similar schedule.  If you like to stay up late, you don't want to live with someone who turns in at 9 and requires that the apartment be absolutely silent.

Another major bone of contention between roommates is housekeeping style.  Make sure you are both on the same page about what constitutes clean and that you can split the chores in a way that makes both parties happy. Or invest in a housecleaning service.  

Be sure that your potential roomie can pay their half of the rent.  If they don't have a steady source of income or bounce around between jobs, that's a red flag that you might be left holding the rent check bag repeatedly.

Other important areas to discuss with potential housemates are decorating style, how often they have guests, and pets.  Make sure you are on the same page about these things or can make mutually agreeable rules regarding them. 

 Finally, before you sign the lease, have a cup of coffee or a beer with your potential roommate and be sure they are someone you get along with.  If you find yourself watching the clock so you can leave, that's probably not the person you want to come home to at the end of the day.

Ready to find an apartment that's perfect for #roommates?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Roommate Etiquette on Refrigerator Sharing

Having trouble #SharingARefrigerator with roommates?  Does your roomie keep drinking your last Topo Chico?  Check out Avalon Communities' tips for sharing a refrigerator and stop coming home to an empty fridge.  Better yet, discuss issues around refrigerators before you move into your #apartment and head off conflict from the very beginning!

The easiest thing to do is to simply split the shelves of the fridge and freezer evenly and designate them for each person living in the apartment.  You should also establish a rule about things that everyone will use like condiments and beverages.  The best way to handle this is to make the person who finishes the item be the one to replace it.  Hopefully this will result in a pretty even split.

Avoid writing your name on everything in the refrigerator because this will make you look possessive and childish.  But if you choose just a few important items to mark as yours, your roommates will be much more likely to steer clear of those special foods.

Set a schedule for who cleans the fridge when.  If a shared refrigerator isn't cleaned regularly, it can become downright disgusting.  The best way to avoid this sorry state is to have everyone split the cost of supplies and set up a schedule where a different person cleans it on a weekly basis, and then stick to it.  To prevent the fridge from becoming gross sooner, make sure any spills are cleaned up immediately.

Need help finding an apartment where you and your roommates can co-exist peacefully?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 for the latest on vacancies, move-in specials and amenities!