Hey all, just figured I’d ask a few questions and stuff.
I’ve just moved into a share house for the first time, and I dunno how everything really works.
I imagine you lot have a collective of tips and stuff you could maybe share with me. I don’t wanna go ruining things and getting booted out and that.
So yeah, tips? Pointers? Do this and do not do thats?
Try to get on the lease. Or at least be notified who the real estate agent is so that you can directly address problems, such as leaks, etc. being powerless in a situation where your bed is a small scale pool is not fun.
Don’t use other peoples shit without asking, ever. Soap, toothpaste, food, etc.
Make friends. A good working share house is an amazing little community.
Clean up after yourself directly after cooking.
Don’t fuck anyone in the house. No matter how drunk.
Keep proof of all your outgoing payments. (rent, bills etc.) It means your arse is covered if financial issues come up.
Get a small bar fridge for your room to keep anything you don’t want eaten/drunk by other people.
Its been 15 years since I lived in a share house so I may be out of touch but the best system we ever used was everyone put in to the kitty for all bills (rent, food, internet, elec the whole shebang) once a week. The amount was always over what we reasonably though we’d need. Then once month take excess to pub.
Then share shopping and cooking
This gets rid of all the palaver about people eating each others food and means that at least once a month you’d all go out together.
Some good advice here Dylan.
Also, it depends on your relationships with your housemates.
Ones you don’t really know, will steal your food behind your back.
Ones you know well, will do it to your face.
I’d disagree, sharing food on most occasions has become an absolute shitfight. People eat too much, don’t share or cook while youre not at home, but again it depend son how harmonious the relationship is, or if you spend a lot of time outside of the house.
Buy something new (in my case it was a PS1 and a new telly) for your room (think of it as your own moving in gift).
Make a point of telling your housemates it was “from some fucker who owed me some cash”
They’ll immediately think your dangerous and therefore not to be fucked with, this should lead to you ruling the roost (so to speak) and alot less chance of anyone eating your food/drinking your booze/messing with your shit.