7 Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing New Housemates

Holly Smith·26 May 2016·4 min read
7 Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing New Housemates

When the time comes to sign for a new house or flat, the burning question of why you will live with next year also arises. When it comes down to it, many people worry about making the right decision. After all, the last thing you want to do is end up with a group of people you can barely stand to look at, never mind live with. Before you dive into the deep end, here are a few of the questions you really need to ask.

1. How do people feel about money?

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Money is always a difficult subject. Bringing up the topic is never going to be met with anything but awkward silences and stilted answers. Get used to it. People don’t like discussing their finances, especially with their friends. That is fair enough, but when you live with people, you need to make sure that they can pay their way. Before you decided to move into a house with people, you should discuss how you will budget for bills and home essentials.

2. What is the ‘significant other’ situation?

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If you’re in a relationship right now, you might think absolutely nothing of having your boyfriend or girlfriend stay at your house three nights in a row. Except, it isn’t just your house, is it? You share this place with other people, and you need to be considerate. It can’t be one rule for you and another for everyone else. Before you decide to move in together, have a quick chat about this situation and see what everyone else is comfortable with.

3. Does anyone have weird habits?

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You might not know if any of your potential new housemates have weird habits just yet, but it’s worth getting to know them as well as possible. If these people are a little odd, you might run into trouble down the line.

4. Can you divide up the chores?

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No one likes cleaning, but it has to be done. When you’re sharing a home with people, you all have a responsibility to make sure that things are as tidy as possible. In short, that means that you all need to pull your weight when it comes to chores.

5. Have you ever argued with these people?

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If you’ve chosen a random group from your halls or even a load of friends from your course, you need to think about whether you will clash. Have you ever argued with these people before? If you did, what was it about? You need to consider what might cause you to clash in the future and nip it in the bud before it’s too late!

6. Why have you picked this group?

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What is it about this particular group of people that makes you want to live with them? One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they end up choosing people simply because they panic and need to find housemates. If you’re not 100% sure you want to live with these people, don’t even bother.

7. Who will be in charge?

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In any group, there is always one person who decides to take it upon themselves to be the boss. If there is someone in the group who loves a bit of a power trip, you need to beware of them. Remember, a household should never be a dictatorship; it should always be a democracy.