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Moving Tips: Getting along with your new roommate

Planning the common area together can help roommates bond.

Planning the common area together can help roommates bond.

Moving in with a roommate you aren't familiar with can be difficult. However, if you try to make the right impression from the point of where your moving company arrives, it may be easier to get along. Additionally, it could be the start of a great friendship.

A great gesture if you get to the new residence before they do is to offer to help them move in. The packing and unpacking process is difficult, so aiding their ability to settle can not only make them feel more comfortable, but it could also help you build an understanding with them. This will give you an opportunity to discuss where your belongings will go, and what items you will share in common living areas. Additionally, it could help you plan out the setup of your new dwelling.

It is important to engage your new roommate. If you don't do this, your relationship could be distant for your duration of living together. This could include offering them to participate in activities with you, or just ordering food and having a conversation. You don't have to become best friends with your new roommate, but it is a good idea to be friendly and spend some time talking every day.

Deal with apartment issues together
You will want to discuss cleaning responsibilities with your roommate soon after moving in. Not only can this be a good time to determine how well you work together, but you can get a better idea of each others' hang-ups and how you both solve problems. By figuring out cleaning responsibilities, you can either give certain jobs to each other, or you can rotate on who does what. Additionally, it may be a good idea to expand these discussions to home goods that need to be purchased, or even food.

If, at any time, there is a problem between you and your roommate, it is necessary to address it immediately. Ignoring each other's bad habits, or other behaviors that get in the way could build up over time. This could end up being a significant issue, and may make the living situation uncomfortable. However, but discussing these issues, you can talk your problems out, and both actively try to be better roommates.