Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
Haven’t you all fantasized about living with your best friend (s) and experiencing the fun life as shown in the sitcoms and daily soaps? (You already know which ones we are talking about.) If yes, and you are planning to take that big step in your friendship, this article is just the right thing you need.
Let us make it very clear that living with someone who already knows you like the back of their pain is definitely a relief since you don’t have to share those awkward moments with some stranger roommate/housemate. Apart from “Netflixing and Chilling,” unlimited gossip, and living a fun life with your roomie, there are a lot of other things that need to be taken care of before you move in with your bestie.
Let’s take a quick look at a few of them!
- Look for an ideal apartment.
Now that you’ve decided to move in with your buddy, you need a perfect apartment that can witness all your crazy and fun stories. And to be very honest, it is the hardest part of moving in. And that’s the reason why you need to look for an apartment that is comfortable for both roommates and is luxurious enough that can be customized for your personalized living.
Suppose you both work in Washington DC and want an apartment that is close to the work and is in a location with all the amenities such as a hospital, grocery store, and market nearby. For this, you can search for “the best apartments in Washington DC”, and Voila! You can pick the one that suits you and your friend the best. Make sure you read the lease or all the legal documents and ensure that everything is transparent and clear to both the landlord and the renters.
- Set some ground rules
Once you have found the perfect apartment for you and your newbie roomie, it’s time to set some ground rules. This is because you might know your friend for a long time, but it could be possible that he/she might like to live differently at home. In fact, the best part of living with a buddy is that you can talk about everything literally without feeling awkward or hesitating.
You can divide your chores and set some boundary rules so that both of you can enjoy your “me time.” And it is better to say everything loud than to scar the friendship by not confronting the things that are bothering you. Right?
- Keep financial matters transparent.
This is the most important part to take care of when you decide to live with your buddy. Try to keep financial matters away from your friendship. Make sure that all the roommates or housemates contribute to everything so that the burden of paying the bills, buying groceries, and looking after the other utilities doesn’t fall on one person. Also, if you feel the need to borrow the money from your friend, make sure you return it on time to maintain a healthy relationship.
Obviously, you wouldn’t want to ruin your bond with your buddy over petty financial disputes. Right?
It is definitely fun to live with someone you share a close bond with. Not only can you have fun together, but you can also adjust to various other things as well for the sake of friendship.
So, pack your bags because it is time to live the dream of living with your best friend!