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HOW TO DECIDE WHO GETS WHICH ROOM

Picture this: you and three friends are moving into a rental house together. You have every little detail planned on, from who will be in charge of each chore to how the cooking arrangements will go. However, one thing you forget to sort out is who get what room. Not all rooms are created equally, especially in rental houses. In almost all instances there will be a master bedroom for ‘Mom and Dad’ as well as two to four other rooms for the ‘kids’. So who gets the big room upstairs with the private balcony and who is stuck with the cramped bedroom in the basement?

There is no right or wrong way to solve this dilemma, unlike changing a light bulb. The right way to decide who gets what room is to speak to all your roommates. Sit down and talk about it. You can expect some disgruntled opinions and heavy words but as long as you remain adults about it, you will be able to come up with a solution that everyone can happily live with.

Choosing Who Get What Room

One way you can solve this common dilemma is to switch rooms every few months. If you have the lease for a year, for example, then each roommate could have the master bedroom for four months. This can be an exciting way to change up the dynamics of the house and also a good way to keep your living space fresh. However, this only works if you do not mind moving to a new room every few months. Rotating room to room to room to room may leave some people dizzy rather than satisfied, especially if you prefer to set up camp and stay grounded.

Another option when it comes to deciding who get what room is to flip a coin or pick out of a hat. Label each bedroom (perhaps avoid ‘the best’ and the ‘worst’ in your labels) and each take a turn grabbing a piece of paper. This is a fair way to choose but will usually result in some resentment at the end of the day. After all, even though it was up to the hat, you still don’t want to be stuck with the worst room.

It is a good idea to sweeten the deal for those that are stuck with the less-than-perfect bedrooms. For example, perhaps you and your roommates can agree that whoever gets the master bedroom will pay an extra $30 per month on rent while whoever gets the downstairs ‘office’ will pay less each month. That way everyone wins. Even if you do not have the view of the street and are stuck living in a room that barely fits your queen size bed, you can console yourself in knowing you have an extra $30 a month to spend as you like.

Solving Roommate Dilemmas and Disputes

The most important thing about choosing bedrooms is communication. There is a good chance that at least one roommate will not be happy with the situation (and it most likely won’t be the one staying in the master bedroom). Talk about it rather than let the anger boil over inside you.

Furthermore, remember that at the end of the day, a bedroom is a bedroom. You do not have to spend your days cooped up in your room – there is an entire house to enjoy. And, when it does come time for you to settle down, get married , buy a house and have children, there is a pretty good chance that you will end up with the best bedroom in the house.

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