Moving to New York is an expensive endeavor. It can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to move all of your belongings from your previous home to your new place of residence in one of the Five Boroughs. And that does not even account for the cost of your apartment. Whether you are renting or buying does not matter, living in an apartment in New York is pricey. To offset that cost most people decide to move in with friends. And while that might sound like a good financial decision, there are some adjustments you will need to make if, and when you move in with your friends. Listed below are some tips and tricks to make your New York apartment feel more like home (and more agreeable for both you and your roommates).
New York Apartment Tips – Surviving With Roommates
Be Open and Honest
About the relationship you expect to have with your roommates, that is. If you are more introverted you may prefer to not always be around your roommates and they may take your avoidance as an affront on them. So be sure to be open when there is a problem, it will take time, but you all should start to get a feel for one another somewhere down the road (it will not take too long). Set firm guidelines about personal space, noise and yes, even ‘guests’ and you will be well on your way to establishing the ground rules you will all need to live happily together in your New York apartment.
Find a Way to Divvy up the Bills
Even if all of your utilities are included there are still some additional bills that you will probably have to pay (i.e. internet, cable, etc.). And since all bills are not created equal you are going to want to find a simple way to equally split all of those payments. A great way to do that is to have each roommate pay for a designated bill (heat, gas, electricity) and then use an app like Venmo or Paypal to transfer money and split the cost of bills. That way everyone is equal and no resentment starts to build.
Write it Down
At the end of the day it can be easy to forget some of the rules that you wrote down when you first moved in together (which can make prosecution difficult). To avoid accidental slip ups be sure to write down any and all rules that you and your roommates decide upon. It will make for a much more enjoyable living environment in your New York apartment.
These three tips should help you and your roommates get along fairly well in your new New York apartment. And the best part? You guys will be saving a lot of money. Best of luck!