One of the best ways to share your apartment peacefully is for you and your new roommate to put together a Roommate Agreement. This agreement can be as formal or informal as you want, as long as you both agree to the terms presented. Both parties (or more if you share your space with 2 or more people) should sign the agreement, promising to uphold the issues presented. You and your roommate should sit down and take some time to address the issues that below and write up your agreement according to the specifications of your living space, as well as your personal preferences.
In the long run having this agreement as a reminder of each of your responsibilities will ease tension when disagreements happen. All childishness and drama will be set aside, and you and your roommate will live together peacefully…and have fun too!
The following are some things to consider when forming your Roommate Agreement:
- Expenses. This for many is the hardest issue, but once things are made clear as to who is responsible to pay for what life together will be easier. With respect for each other decide on the rent payment division, food and grocery expenses, and any subsequent utility expenses such as electricity, garbage pick up, or parking.
- Storage Spaces. If your apartment, like many, is limited to closet and cabinet space, thoughtful division for personal items will be helpful. Examine all the storage areas together and agree to who will use what space. Keep the space division as equal as possible. This includes kitchen cabinets, refrigerator shelf space, bathroom cabinets, closets, and the entertainment center if you have one, and any built-in shelving.
- Space of Apartment in General. Consider what areas of the apartment are shared, like kitchen, living room, and bathroom, and what areas are considered private space, such as your bedroom. Agree to how each of you will approach the others’ private space and adhere to this agreement.
- Personal Items. It is most important to consider what items are to be shared and what items are to be kept for individual personal use. Decide how all food items will be shared and be respectful. If one of you has dietary issues this could be very important. Also make agreements on other personal items like shampoos, towel usage, and other grooming essentials like blow dryer use. Apply labels to items that are personal so there is no confusion.
- Cleanliness. If both of you are neat freaks I see no problems! But, as with normal living, not all of us are neat 100% of the time. Make an agreement to keep the place looking neat by not leaving unnecessary items around the shared spaces, like clothing, used dishes, ashtrays, magazines, etc. Also, and most importantly, make a chore list for each of your weekly responsibilities to keep the apartment clean. These chores can be rotated weekly or to your own preferences. In this way each of you will be clear on who is responsible for what and held accountable. Post the list in the kitchen area, or somewhere visible as a reminder to get things done.
- Noise issues. Make rules to acceptable noise levels for certain times of day. If you or your roommate is a musician, make agreements to when and where you will each practice your instrument and at what times of day so as not to inconvenience the other. Other things to consider are music playing and TV watching and the volume used for each.
- Parties and Overnight guests. Another thing to consider is when and how often each of you will have overnight guests or parties. Set agreeable limits. Decide on how much notice needs to be given to your roommate when planning a party or having someone stay over. It’s no fun to wake up and make your way half naked to the kitchen for coffee, only to find some strange guy sitting there. Be sure to inform your roommate beforehand when having someone over. This way no surprises or problems will arise. Planning to have a party together will be tons of fun and with each of you informed properly, with enough time to make arrangements for it or otherwise, this will keep the occasion from getting ruined with a disagreement.
Hope you found some of these suggestions interesting and useful. If you are already sharing an apartment, there is no reason not to incorporate a Roommate Agreement into your present arrangement. This will inevitably help to remove potential conflicts. Thanks for reading.
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If you leave your Doylestown apartments and drive around you cannot miss this building because, well, it’s a castle! The Mercer Museum and the Fonthill Museum are creations of Henry C. Mercer (1856-1930) and his creative vision is kept intact by The Bucks County Historical Society. At the museum you can view collections from American daily life preserved with great care, ranging from hand tools to horse-drawn carriages. The six-story concrete castle was erected by Mercer in 1916. Each level of rooms houses its own unique perspective of exhibits, with small alcoves for small exhibits all arranged according to Mercer’s illuminating classifications such as: healing arts, tinsmithing, dairying, illumination, etc. Visitors will view objects in a new way. Before heading back to your Doylestown apartment, be sure to check out the Fonthill, Henry C. Mercer’s home that was built in 1910 which houses Mercer’s famed Moravian tiles produced during the American Arts & Crafts Movement. The Mercer Museum is located at 84 Pine Street in Doylestown, Pa. The Michener Art Museum has been called the Art and Soul of Bucks County, Pa. When venturing out of your Doylestown apartment to view some art be sure to visit this museum located on South Pine Street. This museum offers exhibits, events and programs for all ages, as well as creative art classes for families and children. A museum shop is featured and volunteer opportunities are available. Check out their website for more information. Present exhibits include an American Icons photography collection, artist Si Lewen, and abstract painting exhibits. Artwork above: William Schwartz, oil on canvas, “Come to Me All Ye That Are Heavy Laden.”
If you’re not the big museum type, when you head out of your Doylestown apartment you have many other options and The Chapman Gallery on East State Street is perfect. Founded in 1989, the gallery specializes in original artwork and fine prints by Bucks County area artists. The galley exhibits oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, and pottery. They also buy and sell past Pennsylvania Impressionist and New Hope Impressionist paintings.
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The Gallery offers custom framing and restoration of oil paintings, watercolors, and antique picture frames.
The highly informed staff will help you when you venture out of your Doylestown apartment and visit the Chapman Gallery.
For more information check out their website.
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Bethlehem is a beautiful town. Just take a walk or drive downtown and experience the architecture and the wonderful shopping you will find. Leaving your Bethlehem apartment will be easy with so many things to do and see. Bethlehem is a charming city with a rich industrial history.
You will find plenty of things to do outside your Bethlehem apartment. The town is home to many art and music festivals, including Musikfest and Christkindlmarkt. Dining and sophisticated shopping can be found everywhere.
Just minutes away is the Sands Casino Resort, where you can get your game on, take a chance, socialize, shop, and meet new people. Consider all the wonderful things you can do when looking for your Bethlehem apartment.
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