Congratulations! You’re finally moving in with someone special – either a spouse, best friend, family member or other roommates. Can you not wait for sharing the groceries, hanging out every night, and having someone there to help you around the house? Living independently has its perks, but there’s nothing like moving in with someone new for the first time. And while you’re both probably incredibly excited, there are some things to consider before you start sharing space. First-time roommates should prepare themselves for these common discrepancies and changes that you just don’t experience when living alone:
- You need to decide who does which chores. Don’t think you and your roommate will always clean up after yourselves and naturally finish all the chores without some sort of system. If you and they don’t know your respective responsibilities, it’s likely nothing will ever get done until one of you can’t stand the mess. Most people, like it or not, have different expectations on what constitutes “cleanliness” around the house.
- Deciding on household guest rules. If you and your roommate like having people over, you need to decide when it’s ok to have company and when you both need quiet time. This is not only a matter of respect, but avoids the issue of you both inviting company on the same night. At the bare minimum, always ask before you invite friends or family over.
- How close is too close? Setting boundaries is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with your roommate. Some people need a lot of space and time alone, while others are o.k. with spending every moment with you. Is it fine for your roommate and you to share clothes? Share an office space? What are your personal boundaries, and how much alone time do you think you need? Communicate these needs to your roommate before you move in together.
- Routine overlaps. it’s likely you’ll be sharing a majority of the space in your new home. Some activities, like cooking, showers, T.V. time and laundry may overlap with your roommate’s schedule. If your roommate is a morning person, but you stay up all night you will need to make some compromises when living together. Make sure you communicate when you’ll be using shared resources to avoid stepping on anyone’s toes.
- An empty pantry… Be warned, every roommate steals food. it’s there, and if you don’t eat it soon enough your roommate surely will. If you’ve decided to not split your groceries, let your roommate know that you’d like them to not eat your essentials or anything you have plans to cook. Otherwise, leftovers and snack foods are free game in the fridge.
If you communicate clearly with your roommate, you shouldn’t have any problems. If you do, you’ll likely run into them within the first few weeks. Remember that you chose this person for a reason, and any discrepancy you have can be solved with cooperation and honest communication.
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Moving is stressful and incredibly time consuming – we get that! And you never feel quite prepared for the big day, no matter how many hours you spend planning and packing. Most people choose to schedule their moves on the weekend when they have the time off, thinking it will be much easier. But, the truth is that mid-week moves actually benefit you in more ways than one.
Mid-week moves are typically less expensive. Because fewer people schedule their moves during the week, you can get a discount on planning your move date Monday to Thursday. Ask for time off from work if you can to take advantage of the discounted hourly rates. You can then put that money towards other moving expenses.
Moving during the week also allows you to choose the best time of day to schedule your move. Weekend moves are usually booked to the max. But with a weekday move, you can choose whether you want to plan your move in the morning or in the afternoon. Call early to make sure you get an optimal move time. If you wait too close to the last minute, you may have to settle for a late afternoon start time.
If you move during the week, you have time to enjoy the weekend in your new home. You’ll want a few days to settle in, especially if you’re moving to a new city or state. Why give up your weekend packing boxes when you could be relaxing in your new home? Plus, if you move during the week you can explore all the weekend events in your new town or neighborhood. Take the family out for a weekend of fun after all the unpacking is over.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City offers affordable moving services seven days a week. We are more than happy to accommodate your schedule and ensure your moving experience is as stress-free as possible. Our movers are professionally trained and background checked. They work hard every day to exceed customer expectations and promote the reputation of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as the “Movers Who Care.”
To learn more about us, visit twomenpanamacity.com, or visit our Facebook page to see what we’re doing in the community!
PANAMA CITY November 8, 2016 — Two Men and a Truck has been selected for the 2016 Best of Panama City Award in the Movers category by the Panama City Award Program.
Each year, the Panama City Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Panama City area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Panama City Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Panama City Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Panama City Award Program
The Panama City Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Panama City area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Panama City Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Panama City Award Program
Panama City Award Program