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Living in an apartment can be a great experience, but there are some unspoken rules that you need to be aware of. By knowing and following these rules, you can make your time in your apartment more pleasant for everyone involved.
This is probably the most crucial rule of apartment living. If you have friends over, make sure they are aware of how loud they are being and ask them to keep it down. If you listen to music or watch TV, make sure it’s not too loud. Remember that your neighbors can hear everything you’re doing, so try to be conscious of that.
If you’re planning on having a party, make sure you let your neighbors know in advance. That way, they can plan to be somewhere else for the night. And if you’re going to be home late, try to keep the noise down, so you don’t wake them up.
This means not borrowing things without asking, not using their food without asking, and not taking their parking spot without asking. If you accidentally damage something of your neighbor’s, be sure to apologize and offer to pay for the damage.
The common areas of an apartment building are shared by everyone. This means that you need to be mindful of how much stuff you leave out in the hallway or on the stairs. Make sure you put your trash in the trash can and not leave it in the hallway. And if you have a lot of stuff, try to find a place to put it away, so it’s not taking up space. If everyone follows these simple rules, it will make life much easier for everyone.
Respecting your neighbors’ privacy is extremely important in apartment living. Remember that they are not there to be your best friends, so don’t go knocking on their door uninvited. Try to email or text them if you need something instead of going over to their apartment. And if you hear something going on in their apartment that you don’t think is appropriate, keep it to yourself. It’s important to remember that everyone has different personal boundaries, and you should never cross them without permission.
This one should be pretty self-explanatory. One of the most important things you can do to make your apartment living experience better is to keep your apartment clean. This means vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping once a week, taking out the trash regularly, and keeping your counters and surfaces clear. If you have pets, be sure to clean up their messes as soon as possible. And if you have roommates, make sure you are all on the same page about keeping the apartment clean.
Paying your rent on time is one of the most important things you can do as a tenant. If you don’t pay your rent, you could get evicted, and that’s definitely not something you want to happen. Make sure you are budgeting your money to afford to pay your rent each month, and if you ever have a problem paying it, talk to your landlord ASAP. They may be able to work something out with you.
Living in an apartment can be a great experience, but it’s important to remember and follow the unspoken rules. By doing so, you can make your time in your apartment more pleasant for everyone involved. If everyone follows these simple rules, it will make life much easier for everyone.