As with every contract, remember that the terms of your roommate agreement are best determined by you and your roommate(s). It is an entirely customizable document, and what you decide to include should suit your individual preferences.
Avoiding invasion of your space or privacy is a popular reason why many people choose to live alone. A great place to begin is to decide which rooms are off-limits to residents other than yourself. A good example of this may be your bedroom. Some people don’t want clothes that have been worn outside to be on their beds or to have food in their bedrooms and making your bedroom a private room is a good way to ensure your wishes are respected. Agree on which rooms are common areas and which are not.
Agreeing who will do what chores and when means that your house or apartment will stay clean and organized. One person may love doing dishes while another may despise sweeping but love to dust. Discussing this will create a mutual understanding and make sure that nobody feels inconvenienced or as though they carry the entire burden of chores. If you all dislike chores entirely but can afford to get outside help with them, agreeing to split the costs could be a good idea.
Even extreme extroverts might enjoy some quiet time to themselves every once in a while. Different personalities enjoy company in different measures. Deciding which hours will be quiet hours leaves nobody feeling irritated or upset. Quiet Hours could mean no guests or simply no loud noises, giving roommates time to study, catch up on work, or rest.
It’s important to be kind and considerate of your roommate’s potential pet allergies or fears. Make sure that you’re not making each other feel uncomfortable in your own home by deciding ahead of time and including in your roommate agreement which pets will be allowed if any.
Let’s not forget this old-age friendship breaker. If you’re lucky, you and your roommate(s) can become good friends along the way. However, financial conversations can easily lead to animosity and uncomfortable relations. So, it’s important to discuss and detail what percentage of the rent each party will pay, as well as which household bills and utilities (e.g. electricity, water, internet) will be paid by each party. You can agree on whether payments will be made to one person or directly to your landlord, as well as who buys what shared items for the house and how often. People can be very touchy about money so you can even go as far as to decide whether or not you can borrow items bought by the other roommate.
Remember to customize the details of the agreement to effectively cater to your different personalities.