By Marvin Seekoei
Moving into an apartment on the Workaway program with strangers can be a very stressful situation but as an 8 season veteran I just thought that I would like to share some of the tips that have worked very well for me over the seasons.
- Get to know your housemates and especially your room mate as soon as possible.
- First impressions always lasts so enter your home with a positive mind-set. Homesickness is real so try to be as polite as possible.
- The first few weeks can be very hard as some people will be missing home. Try to post everyone’s schedule up in the house weekly so that everyone can know each others work schedule to avoid that the other housemates don’t have a late nights at home with guests which could disturb that housemate’s sleeping pattern for the next working day.
- Try to have a petty cash for the house of minimum $20 per pay check to cover things like cleaning products, washing powder, toilet paper, milk, coffee etc. because there’s certain things you will always have to share.
- Try to have dinner once a week with your housemates and use it as an opportunity to keep a channel of communication open.
- Agree on a general cleaning schedule for the month as a clean house always causes less tension and irritation between housemates.
- Keep all bedrooms private and a no-go zone for any visitors and use communal areas only for guests.
If you follow these tips I can guarantee that you will have the best time of your life and make friendships that could last for a lifetime!