Have you ever wondered how to set up the perfect share house? Well the wait is over. As you’ll discover creating the perfect share house is a bit like baking the perfect cake – it’s all about the ingredients.
The key to setting up share accommodation is finding the right combination of ingredients for you. This combination will be different for each household as flatmates have different ideas, thoughts and personalities.
It’s never too early or late to create your perfect share house. You can plan your home with your new flatmates before or when moving in, or alternatively with existing flatmates to decide how you would like to live in the future. It’s a good idea to sit down with all of your flatmates to discuss and find the perfect combination of these essential ingredients. This way you can make sure that all flatmates are happy and everyone’s idea of the perfect home is created. Also, taking the time and planning how you would like to live, can save you time, money and hardship.
Simply, take these 10 essential ingredients, give them a bit of your own personal touch and you’ll be able set up the share house that’s right for you.
1. Dwelling Type
Do you wish to live in a house, apartment or townhouse? The type of dwelling determines not only the rent but also the amount of maintenance that needs to be done. For example, when living in a house you will need to make sure the lawn is mowed and the garden kept tidy.
Will each person need to be on the lease or will the leaseholder sublet to other flatmates? This is an important decision as it can have serious legal consequences for each flatmate.
Does the rent include expenses like telephone, electricity and household items or will these be extra expenses and paid for separately? You will need to decide how and when the rent will be collected as well as how much money needs to be put aside for common household items like dishwashing detergent or light bulbs. Our article about share accommodation expenses can help you plan your flatmate budget.
4. Extra Expenses
Will expenses like telephone, Pay TV and/or Internet be divided equally or on a user-pays basis? When implementing a user-pays system, you will have to decide how everyone’s usage will be calculated, for example, each flatmate may need to enter their own pin number when using the phone.
5. Conflict Resolution
How will disagreements and disputes be handled in the household? Having a plan will allow conflicts to be solved quickly and easily.
6. Grocery Shopping
Do you wish to share grocery shopping expenses and buy items as a household or prefer each person be responsible and buy their own food and grocery items?
7. Household Chores
How will the house or apartment be kept tidy and clean? Will each person be accountable for a few chores or will everyone tidy up after themselves? You may like to set up a roster so each flatmate knows which chores they need to do. Don’t forget to check out our article about creating a housework chore schedule for your share house.
8. Furniture and Shared Household Items
Will flatmates need to bring their own furniture and how will common living areas be furnished? You may also wish to create a plan on how to deal with damaged furniture and breakages.
Do flatmates need to check with each other before throwing a party or can friends of flatmates come and go as they please? Flatmates with different social habits often have different ideas about entertaining so having some guidelines may come in handy.
10. Household Rules
Do you wish to make any special household rules, for example, flatmates need to give 2 weeks notice before moving out? It’s important that everyone knows these rules before they move in and agree to follow them.
These 10 key ingredients brings your household back to the drawing board and lets you put the pieces of the puzzle together one piece at a time. It clarifies what’s important to each flatmate so that you can create a share house that runs smoothly and happily. So, just remember, when you take the right ingredients and the right flatmates, you can build the right home for you.