Sharing a house with fellow property guardians can be a great way to save money and make new friends. However, it can also bring challenges, especially when it comes to living with people who have different lifestyles and routines. To ensure things stay harmonious, here are our top tips for creating an enjoyable guardian community within our houseshare properties.
1. Open and Regular Communication
Communication is key when it comes to sharing a house with other property guardians. Make sure to have regular discussions about expectations, responsibilities, and any issues that may arise. This can help prevent misunderstandings and ensure everyone is on the same page.
2. Clear Rules and Guidelines
Having a set of clear rules and guidelines can help create a sense of structure and order in the shared living space. This can include things like quiet hours, guests, shared space usage, and more. Make sure to discuss these rules with your fellow guardians and agree on what works best for everyone.
3. Fair Division of Tasks
Living with other property guardians can mean more hands to help with chores and maintenance, but it is important to divide tasks fairly. Make a schedule or assign tasks to each person to ensure a clean and organised living space.
4. Respect and Consideration
Sharing a living space with others requires a certain level of respect and consideration. Be mindful of other property guardians’ privacy, property, and personal space. Follow the rules and be considerate of others needs and feelings.
5. Compromise and Problem-Solving
Conflicts are bound to arise when living with others, but it is important to approach these conflicts with a willingness to compromise and find solutions together. Be open-minded and try to see things from your fellow guardians’ perspective.
6. Positive and Friendly Atmosphere
Encouraging a positive and friendly atmosphere can help foster a sense of community and bring property guardians closer together. Share meals, watch movies, play games, or engage in other fun activities to bond and strengthen your relationships.
7. Clean and Organised Shared Spaces
Keeping the shared spaces clean and organised can prevent build-up of dirt, grime, and clutter, making the living space much more pleasant to be in. Encourage everyone to take responsibility for maintaining a clean and tidy shared living space.
8. Share communal expenses
A cash kitty in a shared house can be a great way to manage shared expenses and ensure everyone is contributing fairly. Decide what expenses it will be used for, such as household items and cleaning supplies, agree on a reasonable contribution amount and collection system to ensure everyone is contributing fairly.
9. Open Door Policy
Encourage open communication and have an open-door policy. Listen to any concerns or suggestions your fellow guardians may have and be willing to make changes or compromises if necessary.
10. Enjoy Each Other's Company
Finally, remember to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Sharing a house with a group of property guardians can be a great opportunity to make new friends and create long-lasting memories.
Interested in living as a property guardian in one out our shared properties? Check out our available property page to see our current vacancies.