Are you living with flatmates or considering it? Having like minded people around can be fun and exciting experience. Also it is a method to save money, and enjoy perks of living in a higher standard apartment. You considered budget more here and decided how much you can spend per month for rent. You are not the happiest with the quality of apartment you can afford so it is time to check other options. So you decided that living with flatmates is for you. What is next?
Do not afraid to ask about everything that interests you. There is no such a thing as a stupid question when it comes to house hunting.
Ask all the questions you have for example:
How many flatmates is going to live at a property?
Will you have to share the room? – If you do try to ask your roommate before signing contract.
Do people have to walk through your room to get e.g. to kitchen?
Does room has a lock? – If it does not, what I found is often a case, are you willing to live there?
Is there a free space for your kitchen utensils make up bag, jackets? – Being or feeling like a third wheel might not be on your “fun things to do” list.
Are there any pets? – If there are you might want to see them before hand. Being terrified on a way to the bathroom every single time is not an awesome experience.
How many flatmates were there in a year? – High rotation might suggest an issue with communication or something else.
How long is the contract?
How big is deposit?
What damage is included in the deposit?
What happens when you are late with the payment? Is there any extra payment?
What is the notice period?
Are bills included?
How high were bills last month?
Can your sister/brother/partner stay for a night?
Are there people staying over often?
Is there no smoking policy in the flat? - If you mind smell of cigarettes.
How often are celebrations held in the property? – You might not be a party animal and have a huge social event in the kitchen every single day.
Are flatmates sharing food? – I never wanted to live in a place that flatmates buy and pay for groceries together as it was not benefiting me. Sharing eggs, milk is fine but if you are the one going to the shop every single time or finding out that there is not enough milk for tea for the fifth time in the row… This is just too frustrating.