Would you ever consider a co-living arrangement with another family to save money?
In these challenging economic times, sharing your living accommodations might be the key to making ends meet. Would you consider co-living? What would be the pros and cons?
Never! I would rather give up all the extras in life than have to share my home with another family. Everything about another family being in my home would be a con for me. I had my fair share of coliving in foster care, never again!
No. I can barely stand sharing a two bedroom house with my boyfriend and his alcoholic friend. It's irritating listening at 7 in the morning to him throwing up in the bathroom and seeing the oversized idiot naked again and again. I only lived with the alcoholic as a roommate for three months, but now I regret not poisoning his Crown Royal.
I will share my home with my boyfriend because we get along fine, but I will never share with someone else. Especially not an alcoholic who parties until 3 in the morning when he goes to work at 5.
No. There is a "natural order of things" that involves people either living as an individual (which can mean that sharing a residence can work) or people living as a family (which involves a certain set of dynamics and "environment-establishing" by the adults). Families need their place (home) away from the rest of the world, without the complications of another family being around.
Of course, there can sometimes be a difference between Aunt Susie and her four-year-old moving in with Mary and Fred and their three kids; and Stacy and Jennifer sharing their home with the other, and the other's three kids. THAT's not a living arrangement. That's a horror show.
Pros: None. Cons: Too numerous to mention.
Yes, I would consider it - and because of all the reasons others have stated - it would have to be carefully planned and thought out. Ideally if the home could be converted into separate suites with shared garden that would be a win win.
We have always had international students live with us and it has, for the most part, been a very positive experience for my children and I.
I shared flats in the UK and again, mostly, it was very positive. I think sharing with family could be way way harder.
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