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Jumaat, Mei 11, 2018

Roommate Debate: How To Decide Who Gets The Bigger Bedroom

Roommate Debate: How To Decide Who Gets The Bigger Bedroom

Sharing is one of the defining features of today’s generation: sharing social content, resources and even the rent! We all know that sharing accommodation and pooling resources with a roommate (or housemate, as it is colloquially known here) can reduce the cost of housing. What’s more is that the rent for a two- or three-bedroom property is proportionately less than the rent for a one-bedroom home. 

However, living with other people is not all roses and daisies. You will be bound to have some disagreements here and there. Even before you move in, one problem that could arise is the debate surrounding who gets the larger (or master) bedroom. You could be looking at the master bedroom for rent, but so could your housemate. Here’s a few quick and easy ways that you can solve this problem.

Who has the more (or bigger) furniture?

One of the ways to determine who gets the larger room is by deciding on the amount of furniture each person owns. Naturally, the person who has the most (or the largest) furniture will need the most space to store it. Now, this can be a moot point if neither you or your housemate owns any furniture.

What is your social life like?

Another way is to consider each housemate’s social life. Do you prefer more peace and quiet? Or are you a social butterfly? The master bedroom with its ensuite bathroom is more ideal for peace and quiet because if offers more privacy away from the main living areas. Whereas, a social butterfly might not mind getting the smaller room due to its proximity to the living room and kitchen, where friends that come over for a visit might be more likely to hang out.

Who can afford to pay more?

The easiest solution, of course, is to let the master bedroom go to the housemate that can afford to – and agrees to – pay more. That way, everyone is happy, as what they pay is going to equal what they get.

Should the bigger bedroom cost more?

Although it may seem like common sense that the housemate who occupies more square footage should automatically pay more in rent, it is not always that clear-cut. Debating and figuring out exactly who gets what can be a pain point for some people. Especially if it involves finances, such as how much each person pays in their share of rent 

How much should each person pay?

Play around with the numbers game until everyone reaches an agreement and is happy with the arrangement. For example, if the monthly rent is $1800 for a two-bedroom apartment, the person taking the master bedroom may be amenable to paying $1000 each month, leaving the remaining $800 for the roommate with the smaller space (and the other bathroom). 

Another way to go about it would be to divide the monthly rent into percentages, depending on what everyone thinks is fair and affordable. For example, two people sharing an apartment can split the rent 55/45, while three people sharing can split the rent 40/30/30 or 40/35/25 (depending on the size of each room).

Should each person pay equally?

There are also cases where the cost of rent is split equally among each person, even if one person gets the larger room. This is common if one person did all the legwork, such as in securing the apartment, the lease, paying the deposit, planning the move and setting up utilities. In such cases, the other housemates might not mind leaving the largest room for the person who did most of the heavy lifting.  

What if no one cares about who gets the master bedroom?

If each housemate is on equal footing, and does not mind who gets what, why don’t you let random chance make the final decision by flipping a coin or wagering a friendly bet.

Considerations

The master bedroom usually comes with its own private bathroom. This means that the other housemates will end up sharing the bathroom with each other and with visitors. If it is a two-bedroom apartment, each housemate will get their own bathroom. But in a house of two bathrooms and three roommates, some sharing is bound to be needed. Furthermore, where will visitors and guests use the restroom? Will each housemate’s guest have to use the housemate’s own bathroom? For example, if you are in the master bedroom, are your guests expected to have to enter your bedroom to use your bathroom? Or will they use the other bathroom that is located more closely to the common areas? It would be easier to have an agreement ahead of signing the tenancy agreement. 

On the other hand, your living arrangement need not be set it stone. For example, throw in some unpredictability by switching rooms with each other at timepoints so that everyone gets to experience life in the master bedroom. However, this can be more hassle than it is worth, as no one would deign to move their things from one room to the next within a one-year lease.

Whatever the case, it is best to have a contract regarding your rooming decision. All parties should sign it. It doesn’t matter if you are close to your housemates or if you are strangers. This way, if and when any resentment arises, the agreement is written in black and white and cannot be disputed. Verbal agreements may be fine between friends, but who is going to remember the fine details of a verbal agreement eight months after the fact?

One last consideration: If you and your housemates cannot even come to a decision about who gets the larger room without any arm twisting or haggling, it could be red flag that living together isn’t the most ideal arrangement. Surely this would be a sign of other potential disagreements to come. If you can’t come to a simple decision on who gets to sleep where how will you deal with the other more complicated issues that are bound to arise over the length of your stay together? In this case, your housemate may not be the right fit for you.

1 ulasan:

  1. Kita kan kak, yg berkongsi gan Suami ni pun kadang bergaduh Suami kata bilik kecik hahaha, padahal berdua je duduk..macam mana laa kalau yang kongsi bilik dengan orang lain tu hehehe...

    Apa-apa pun TQ kak untuk info tu ..lama tak singgah sini ..

    BalasPadam

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