Moving in together, either when you’re in a relationship, or to house share with mates, is a make or break situation. It’s a big decision. The move itself is often considered the stressful part, but, if use the best removalists North Sydney or the Inner West has to offer, and you don’t ask these 5 questions, it may actually prove to be the easy part.
1. “Have you been responsible for household chores before?”
OK, maybe it’s not as exciting as “do you have a pet snake”, but it’s pretty much the most important question. The number one cause for disgruntlement between housemates and cohabitating couples is over cleanliness, cooking, and chores. The answer to this question will reveal a huge amount about your potential housemate – such as potential red flags.
2.“Have you ever lived with anyone before/ reason for leaving?”
Having worked closely with real estate I can tell you that this is a big question on any rental reference. Having lived with people before, especially in a shared house, is a huge indicator on how ready your potential housemate or other half will cope in the coming arrangements. Moreover, if that person has left completely amicably, or is still living in the same original shared house, this is a good sign of stability and reliability. Just like tenure when a job interviewer asks. If the reason for leaving is filled with drama, it could be a potential red flag.
3. “How will we organise payments?”
This is a bit of an elephant in the room but an incredibly important part of living together nonetheless. Renting, or owning property can be a very expensive exercise. It helps if you go splits on one of the great cheap removals Sydney has to offer, but it goes beyond that. What portion of the rent will each side pay? What ratio of the utilities will go to where? These are important questions that really should be answered ahead of time.
4. “How ‘social’ are you?” ie. parties/ friends coming over
Everybody treats their home differently. Some like to treat it like a haven away from the rest of the world where they can just be at peace, comfort and privacy guarded away. However, some like to flaunt it and treat it as a great meeting pad for their social circles. Both styles are completely acceptable, so long as the other side is in line with it and knows ahead of time. This is a great conversation to have ASAP.
5. “What kind of diet are you on?” For example, vegan, kosher
More and more of us are eating diets that may have an affect on others in the home. For example, If one housemate eats meat and the other doesn’t, there could be a need to be clear on what pans to use for cooking, what food belongs on what shelf etc. Many people may also be interested in eco-friendly moving tips therefore as well. Sometimes these issues will either be apparently, or easily worked around if discussed properly. However, they can be a potential banana skin to any living arrangement.
Having these kinds of conversations in advance of your move will be sure to bring a great and happy new home to life for you! And remember, what you don’t ask before the move will surprise you after the move!