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Six Tips On Choosing The Right FlatmateSix Tips On Choosing The Right Flatmate

One of the joys of living with the right flatmate is having a friend you see every day, first thing in the morning and last at night. On the other hand, crazy flatmates can make your skin crawl and have you turning red with anger . To avoid this scenario, here are six tips on choosing the right flatmate:
1. Find a similarly tidy flatmate. Neat goes with neat, and messy goes with messy. For a flatmate to be right for you, it's important that he or she is roughly as clean or as messy as you are. For larger households ...three or more flatmates ...the level of neatness tends to lean towards the majority preference, so avoid being the odd one out.
2. Find someone with whom you can discuss finances and money issues. This is essential. Because you'll be splitting the bills on electricity, gas, cable, Internet and possibly furniture, you must feel comfortable enough with your flatmate to talk candidly about the size of the gas bill or whether premium cable channels are worth the cost.
3. Discuss your preferences for inviting friends over. How often do you like having people over? Do you mind if your flatmate's friends been at your apartment late? If you disagree over having people over all the time or letting friends sleep on the couch, it'll be a source of contention.
4. Discuss how late or early you go to bed and how sound of a sleeper you are. Could you handle it, if your flatmate always had people over who talked loudly late into the night? What about an early-to-bed flatmate who's always yelling at you to turn down the TV to near-silent levels? The right flatmate should have a similar sleep schedule and/or noise preference as you.
5. Ask about pets. Don't forget to find out what pets they have or whether they're OK with yours. Are they willing to help care for your pet, even when you're out of town? Also, discuss any allergies they may have.
6. Choose a person for compatibility, not likability. Friends do not always make the best flatmates. You see your friends on a limited basis, so neither of you has to deal regularly with each other's idiosyncrasies. This would change once you became flatmates, and your friendship could be strained as a result. So, make sure you're especially honest about your lifestyle preferences when discussing sharing with a friend.
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