Around the house, we all make mistakes, accidents or what ever you want to call them. I make them, you make them, it just happens – we’re all human. Sometimes, these mistakes cause damage, other times there just simply stuff that we can just clean up and move on.
What happens if your roommate is the source of one of these blunders?
Are you going to hold them responsible? Potentially starting an argument.
For this reason alone, many people choose not to have roommates avoiding arguments stemming from these issues.
I’ve been in this business for several years now and I can think of a handful of these types of situations where my roommates have screwed things up. Yeah, it does cause a little bit of an annoyance or in some cases piss me off.
So, what was the worst mishap caused by one of my roommates?
- Pen Exploding in the Dryer – The title says it all. One of my roommates washed a pair of pants with a pen in the pocket and ink from the pen was smeared on the inside of the dyer. We’re all forgetful, accidents happen. This wasn’t really a big deal because the ink dried out, so the ink stain is still there, but has affected the dryer functionally. No cost out of me to fix it. I’m leaving it alone.
- Grease Stains on the Back Deck – Last weekend, my roommate and I grilled a whole bunch of meat. He spilt grease from a plate full of cooked meat on to the deck and left a splatter of grease right in the middle of my deck. I tried some degreaser on the affected areas and it seemed to help. I’m going to give it some time.
- Forgetting Keys and being Locked Out – I lost count on the number of times one of my roommates locked himself/herself out. With each lock out, another roommate or I(assuming both rooms are occupied) have to come to the rescue. This is more of an annoyance more than anything.
- Lost House Key – This probably happened about 3 or 4 times. Each time, I gave the roommate a spare key to have a copy made out of his or her own pocket. That’s fair! To eliminate my inconveniences of letting locked roommates back in the house, I hid a key under the back deck.
- Leaving the Heat on/wasting electricity – This is probably one of my biggest pet peeves and probably more common in the winter when the heat is left on. My theory is that the AC is loud and hard to forget when you’re walking out the door where as the heat is quiet and easily forgotten.
Looking back on the list, it’s really not that bad. I look at it this way, if someone asked me if I would put up with the aforementioned blunders so that I can pay for graduate school and accelerate payments on my second mortgage, I would jump on the boat in a heart beat.
I know this list is unpredictable and will vary from one homeowner to another, but I’m just telling my story for homeowner teetering on the edge of renting out their spare `room.