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How to Make a Good Impression on New Roommates When You Move

October 18, 2016 | Household Moves

It’s fun to meet new people, see new places, and have new experiences during your college years. However, when you find a new apartment, you’ll have to learn how to live with other people you don’t know very well. So the process of moving to the third floor of a building might be the least of your problems.

Luckily, you can do a few things to make a good impression on your new roommates. Below, we’ve listed some guidelines for before, during, and after the move so you can have a pleasant experience with the other people who live in your apartment.

Before the Move

Before you move, you can reach out to your roommates to build connections. Try some of the following tips.

Make a Connection
When you first begin college, you’ll probably move into a dorm room with another person. Many colleges allow roommates to exchange contact information before the semester starts. Take advantage of the situation and reach out to your roommate. This method allows you to learn more about the other person. And as you talk with your soon-to-be roommate, you form a connection that makes your first meeting much easier.

Ask About Pet Peeves
Once you get to know your roommate online, ask him or her what he or she likes and dislikes before you meet. Discuss those small pet peeves as soon as possible so you can set expectations and avoid future conflict.

Talk About Move-In Dates
Next, talk to your roommate about possible move-in dates and times. If you both try to move into the apartment at the same time, you could mix up belongings or overcrowd the apartment or dorm. To reduce clutter and confusion, discuss a move-in schedule with the other person.

Coordinate Items to Pack
Lastly, talk with your roommate about items he or she may plan to bring. No dorm room or apartment needs two coffee makers, mini fridges, and televisions. You can save room in the moving van when you know who brings which specialty items to your new home.

During the Move

What can you do during your move to foster peace? Follow the advice below.

Make a Good Impression
You may feel nervous as you prepare to meet your new roommates. Make a good impression on moving day and bring a small gift for everyone you will live with-like a plate of cookies. Or you can just spend time with your new living companions. Take some time to get to know them in person, and you’ll likely find fast friends.

Respect Space
You likely have a vision for your apartment’s interior aesthetic. For example, your beloved movie poster sat over the couch in your family room. But when you move to a new place, you have to think about other people’s belongings as well. You can still pack those picture frames and vases. But you still need to respect your roommates’ space. Work together to design your dwelling rather than take up the entire area yourself.

After the Move

Once your belongings settle safely in your apartment, use the following tips to foster a better living environment.

Spend Time Together
As previously mentioned, you should try to get to know your roommates one-on-one. Make an effort to spend time with these people. Plan to spend at least a few minutes with them, or suggest a quick dinner out together. Form bonds early for great relationships.

Offer to Help
You may move in the same day another roommate moves in. Offer to help him or her unload belongings or drive the van back to the moving company with him or her. You can also assist your roommate with cleaning or running errands.

You may feel stressed to move in with new people. But as you follow these guidelines, you can make the transition smoother for you and those you live with. Be sure to visit our blog regularly for more moving tips and advice!

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