Co-Living: What Should You Look For?
Resident Homie’s Handy Dandy Guide Into Looking for an Ideal Co-Living Space, to Call Yours.
Co-living, shared housing or remote living, are terms that might seem alien to some, however functions as an economical alternative to housing ownership. Co-living is predominantly designed for working professionals as a live-in work and play community. It promotes collaboration and creativity among the residents. Secondly, it’s for those who don’t want to live a cookie cutter 9-5 work life in a single housing estate. Co-living gives you the freedom to create your own sustainable way of life, whilst not compromising your desire to live in the urban forefront. Interested? Here’s a few things to consider if this lifestyle intrigues you.
If there hasn’t been enough emphasis, location is key to opening doors to all-inclusive co-living quarters in the city. By inclusive we mean; What does your co-living landlord provide you with?. What does the surrounding area of your chosen location of habitation supply you with? If you’re confused, keep reading.
Consider the location of your co-living space as the top of your domino, angled right and with strategic placement everything else falls into place. Where your landlord is concerned, consider the following questions:
Is there housekeeping?
How are the utility bills monitored or paid for?
Who’s the main caretaker of the property?
Who’s responsible for unsolicited damages?
What services does the landlord provide?
Pro tip: If you’re planning on settling down in the city, you’re going to need a few essential mobile apps. Make Google Street View and Grab app your handy helpers.
Google Street View allows you to explore the world at street level. It can be used to scout the surrounding area of your co-living space. Doing this will give you a rough gauge of the closest convenient store or public amenities within walking distance. Here’s a link on how you can do that https://www.instantstreetview.com/
At The end of the day, the goals are simple – safety & security”
Grab app. To check out the variety and number of food delivery options there are within a 3-5 km radius of your prospective new space. The more populated areas will give you faster and easier access to delivery and mobile essential services. Here’s how you can get it https://www.grab.com/my/download/.
Get your food, documents and parcels delivered on-demand, with real-time tracking.
Download the app on your Apple Store or google play for free.
No not the social aspect, but Wi-Fi & mobile service! Whether you work remotely or enjoy streaming movies, it goes without saying, fast, stable Wi-Fi and cell service is every digital nomad’s lifeline. Here’s a list of things you should look into;
How fast is Wi-Fi? Is there a weekday/weekend/ monthly quota? You could use a Wi-Fi speed test however that’s only moderately effective. Hence, your follow-up questions to the landlord should be in the lines of; How many people share the Wi-Fi? Who’s in charge of the holy grail, password? and Is upgrading the Wi-Fi plan an option if it doesn’t meet your needs?
Walk around your prospective co-living space to check your cell service, if it’s low about 25-50% of the time those are your red flags.
Remember, shoddy cell signals and slow Wi-Fi aren’t exactly the best contributors to productivity and getting work done. This is going to be your potential home away from home, and in the “digital nomads’ bible”, home is where the best connections are.
This is a big one, this can be the make or break factor when selecting a space. Why? From the time of consideration till the signing of your tenure the co-living journey consists of sharing and “togetherness”. Well it’s all in the name of contributing to a community. Hence, it’s crucial to have a trusting and transparent relationship with your landlord first before your housemates. Here’s a breakdown of things you need to ensure;
The ability to connect with your landlord/host/community leader. These people are stuck with you throughout your stay, so expect to get hospitality, honesty and clear cut responses from them. If you can’t get along with the people in charge of your service requests and community arrangements, it’s going to affect your daily life.
Ensure all documentation and financial related factors are spoken about and documented in black and white. Word of mouth just won’t cut it, documentation that’s legally binding will give you the security and peace of mind needed to live freely.
Practise “what you see is what you get”, by having accurate descriptions and visuals of the property that matches online and in real life. If these are severe discrepancies, those are your red flags and warning signs.
Every house has its perks and trade-offs, a co-living space is no different. A pro-tip, would be to ensure you are fully aware of your goals and/or preferences where lifestyle is concerned. All in order to make a co-living space your home and be your most productive.
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