Renting > 5 Tips for Being the World’s Best Housemate

Ever had an inconsiderate and irritating housemate? This is commoner than you might think, so common in fact that we identified no fewer than 5 types of annoying housemates. There’s not much we can do about this but a good place is start is by being a good housemate ourselves!

Being a good housemate requires a little compromise and consideration, and is the least you can do for those you are sharing a home with. Follow our guide for some handy tips on how to be the best housemate you can be.

1. Clean up after yourself

cleaning utensils

Let’s start with undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of being a good house mate; pick up after yourself! Don’t leave empty cans, dirty plates and other items lying about. Nobody wants to live with a slob, and it’s inconsiderate to expect others to clean up after you. And on the rare occasions when cleaning up just isn’t feasible, make it a priority as leaving the house crawling with your dirt is a sure way to make enemies.


2. Divide duties


Set up a chores schedule, and keep to it. Not only will this prevent chore-related arguments, it’ll ensure that the chores are taken care of regularly!


3. Respect your Housemates


  • Be courteous to your housemates’ sleeping habits, and keep the noise down when they are asleep
  • Always ask before borrowing anything, and have clear boundaries between your space and theirs
  • If you promise them that you will pay a bill on a certain date, or do a certain chore, then do it!

All of the above is common sense but goes a long way to being a good house mate.


4. Spend time with your housemates

friends hugging

If you’re sharing a house with someone, chances are you’ll be spending a good amount of time with them anyway. However, it is still a good idea to go out of your way to do things together as it’ll help you gain an understanding and greater perspective of their character, improving both your relationship and living conditions.


5. Communicate and Compromise

helping a friend

If a housemate has an important event coming up, is unwell or feeling a bit down, compromise and adapt to make things a bit easier for them. Take on their share of the chores, bake them a cake, or give them some space if that is what they need. Essentially, you need to be flexible and considerate to their needs.