As COVID-19 pandemic is writing into our history books, life has changed dramatically - particularly to our time spent at home.
Having to stay home more often than usual due to lockdown, circuit breaker or social distancing reasons, being isolated in our homes means more face time with our flatmates.
In the past, it was pretty often that your room was meant for your good night’s sleep after work and night’s out. Now, your room has probably turned multi-functional into your home office to work from home, a place for you to hang out for leisure activities such as gaming and Netflix, as well as a place for you to exercise.
Talking about flatmates, we now face them 24/7 in the same apartment. Flatmates become an integral part to decide if we live in heaven or hell. Imagine yourself living with someone whom you always need to argue over cleaning duties or about noise levels. Nobody wants that. What about someone whom you can watch Netflix and play games together after working from home? Therefore, it is important to have good or at least decent flatmates to live together with the pandemic.
How can I find good flatmates?
If you are looking to move, or looking for a new flatmate, make sure you invest some time on screening your flatmates.
Here’s a quiz that you can ask your potential flatmates to fill, and share with you their score.
If they score terribly, you will need to consider whether to accept this particular flatmate! Nevertheless, this is not a foolproof method to screen if your flatmates are from hell or heaven.
Schedule a video call to have a casual chat to find out about hobbies, lifestyle habits as well as the vibe. Make sure that both of you do not have very conflicting habits on cleanliness, time of sleep and working hours. Do you think you can live with this person at ease and comfortably?
Problem with this is, you never know whether you have made the right judgement until you move in and stay together. Imagine yourself making the wrong judgement, and got stuck with a lease of 12 months with the flatmate from hell.
All these screening processes are time consuming, and not very productive for a work professional who is short of time.
Co-living, your easier way to find good flatmates
The easier approach to find good flatmates is to join co-living.
Co-living mainly attracts young professionals who are like-minded. Some of the operators spend time to screen through the profiles of the potential members, ensuring that there’s a fit among the flatmates. As long as you are not super picky and easy going, chances are, you will have a pretty decent flatmate to co-live with.
What’s more, with the flexible lease offered by co-living, you can do a trial of 3 months stay at an apartment and test out the vibe between the flatmates. Don’t find a fit? You can always move to another apartment after 3 months.
Virtual community events organised by co-living operators also allow you to know people within the community. You can find your soul-mate through the community and choose to move into the same co-living apartment.
Community managers also act as good facilitators to ensure that house rules are kept at co-living apartments. They usually help to reduce potential conflicts between flatmates by coming in as a middle man to address issues on cleanliness and usage of common areas.
Thinking of joining co-living in Singapore to have better flatmate experiences?
Contact YOLOlive for a chat!