Student bills and other house arguments
We've got 5 top tips on surviving house sharing for you so read on and stop arguing.
1. Split your bills fairly
Some of the biggest arguments one can have are about student household bills.
'I wasn't here on the weekend so I'm not going to pay that much for electricity'
'Can you turn those lights off, do you know how much it costs?'
'You still owe me for last month's WiFi'
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2. Make a cleaning rota
If you don’t want to fall into the unhealthy habit of always doing the cleaning yourself. Think about creating a weekly cleaning rota early on so that everyone gets used to checking what they are in charge of. Start by splitting up the chores into categories, such as the kitchen, floors, bins, bathroom. Then list every little task that is included in the category, i.e. kitchen - surfaces, sink, microwave, oven, hob. This way, everyone is accountable and everything is fair and square.
3. Avoid the group chat drama
Make a promise to yourself to try and face your flatmates with any issues in person rather than creating a group chat war. Everything gets blown out of proportion when it’s online and people tend to be more reasonable face to face. As Benjamin Mee in We Bought a Zoo puts it: ‘Sometimes, all you need is twenty seconds of courage. I guarantee you something great will come out of it.’ Take his word on this, it might be awkward to go tell your flatmate off for not cleaning his dishes after himself but if you do, he might actually go and clean them instead of arguing with you on the chat.
4. Establish the kitchen rules
Speaking of cleaning the dishes, sit down when you move in to establish the kitchen ground rules. Firstly, are you sharing kitchen supplies and appliances? If somebody is very attached to their coffee maker, you might not want to mess with them but do you really need to have 6 of the same pots and pans? Discuss this to detail to make sure everyone is on board and don’t forget to agree on taking turns to buy kitchen roll and washing up liquid.
Second but the important topic is making space after cooking. Are you going to clean your dishes straight away? Is the next day ok? Which part of the kitchen top is for preparing the food and therefore needs to stay clean? Setting clear rules helps to eliminate the probability of flatmates leaving a sink full of moulding pots for you to clean when you want to cook your pasta.
5. Be considerate
52% of student renters experience issues with noisy flatmates. Don’t be one yourself. If you come back late from a night out, just get to bed quickly and quietly, and ignore the dishes that ‘suddenly need putting away’. It’s also a good idea to let others know when you have an early start or when you are planning to come back late so they don’t take you out with a shovel thinking you’re a burglar. The rule of thumb here is put yourself in their situation and don’t do what you don’t want others to do to you.