A flatshare makes perfect sense if you are tired of life in the student halls but don’t have the cash to rent an apartment alone. Inversely, it can also land you a flat mate from hell. One of those YOLO people who believe the night is not over till 8 am the next morning. How can you deal a perfect or near-perfect Flatshare Manchester mate and get your money’s worth for the flatshare experience?
Be direct about the person you want to share the flat with. If you want a musician to share your frenzies of piano lessons, be open about it. Be honest about yourself too. If you are a raucous person, placing an advert for a ‘cool and collected person’ is just dishonest.
Potential flatshare mates will want to see what they are getting into. Tidy up the place just to set the standards. If a visitor finds the place in disarray and accepts the flat, be sure that they will set the same standards. You can’t really blame them as you set an example.
On the other hand, it does not pay to be an immaculate saint and give your potential flatshare mates an inflated image, tiptoeing all around you and then surprising them with a riot the first Saturday they move in.
Talk about the money
Money will be most likely the first flashpoint in your relationship with the flatmate. Be very clear about the money; who is paying how much. What does the rent include, water bills, electricity, wifi? Make it clear in the very beginning so that there is no misunderstanding when it is time to pay up. Be clear about the date too.
Ask the right questions
Harmony in a flatshare is only possible if there is compatibility in the flat. You can only find out if you are compatible by asking the right questions.
- How tidy are you
- Have you been in a flatshare arrangement before?
- How many roommates did you have?
- What do you do for a living?
- What is your work schedule?
- Do you have a partner, and if yes will they be spending over, and how frequently?
- Will you be having friends over and how often?
- What is your entertainment like, loud music, and loud movies?
- Do you have any pets?
- Do you smoke or drink and how often?
Asking the right questions is only the right way you can get the right flatshare mate for a smooth affordable flatshare Manchester experience.