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Whether you’re moving in for the first time with your boyfriend or girlfriend or you’re moving in with a spouse, the thought of breaking up can be scary as far as your property is concerned. Even if you’re simply living with a roommate, rents are awfully high throughout most of the country. It’s difficult to make rent payments from month to month on your own. It’s helpful to live with another person, but what happens if and when you part ways?
At best, living with another helps your to manage your finances and gives you some companionship. At the worst, living with someone can be one heck of a financial and emotional roller coaster.
Whatever type of relationship you have aside, trying to figure out who is leaving the property and who is taking what can be a bit of a headache. Even when lawyers are involved, the process can get messy. There are a few different ways that the situation can be handled before you both need to go your separate ways.
Ideas For Coexisting
Many times, you may need to live in a space where you’re uncomfortable for awhile before you are able to part ways with the person you’re living with. Here are some ideas to get you through the transition period:
- Live together yet apart
- Stay in separate rooms, work different shifts
- Put beds in separate places
Try to have one partner buy the other out. If one roommate needs a couch and you have no interest in it, let them buy it. Splitting things evenly isn’t always possible, but sometimes need can outweigh the messy process of dividing property. Do what’s best for you and any pets involved in the process. This is a basic rule of thumb that can help you through the process of dividing your property.
Who Stays On The Property?
Once it has been established that the two of you will coexist for some time before you go your separate ways, you’ll need to decide which one of you (if either of you) will stay on the property. Generally, if you’re under a lease, it will be much more financially sound for one person to take over the lease and for the other person to go. This can save on costly fees involved with breaking the lease. If you’re thinking of subletting the place you’re living, be sure to check on the restrictions in your area or made in your rental agreements.
No matter who you are living with, going your separate ways can be difficult. With a little communication, the process can be executed smoothly.
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There are many different ways that you can stay safe around your home. One of your top safety priorities should be to try to prevent a fire from happening at your home. Below, you’ll find some tips to reduce the risk in your home.
Pay Attention To Your Dryer
You need to prevent your dryer from overheating. To do this, clean the lint screens after each and every use. A dryer that overheats can cause a serious fire.
Keep A Fire Extinguisher On Hand
Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher accessible. Keep these out of a child’s reach. You’ll want to choose an extinguisher that is rated A-B-C. These extinguishers fight different kinds of fires including those that have been started by liquids, electricity, and combustible materials. You never know what could start a fire in your home. When using an extinguisher, think of the acronym PASS (pull the pin, aim, squeeze, and sweep across the fire.)
Smoke Detectors Are Incredibly Important
A smoke alarm should be installed on every floor of your home. It’s preferable to have these installed outside of and inside of bedrooms. Be sure that you test smoke alarms each month so that you know they’re working properly.
Be Mindful When Burning Candles
When you light a candle, be especially careful. As the candle burns, the temperature of the outside of the glass gets very hot. This can start a fire easily. You’ll also want to keep the candle away from any combustible materials like paper and cloth. It’s a good idea to have the candle on a heat-resistant surface. You should also place candles in a place where they cannot be tipped over by children or pets in the house while lit.
Never Leave Space Heaters On Unattended
Space heaters can be very useful, but you should never leave them on unattended or while you’re sleeping. If you do choose to use a space heater, make sure that it is far away from combustible items like curtains, blankets, or papers.
Keep Matches And Lighters Away From Children
Children get curious and tend to want to play with whatever they can get their hands on. This means that you should keep the matches and lighters in your home locked away in a space that’s preferably high up. This is an important safety measure for any home with kids.
Have A Fire Escape Plan
You and your family should collaborate on a fire escape plan just in case of an emergency. You can even have periodic practice drills, showing children where they need to meet outside the home to have everyone accounted for. Help children to understand what the fire alarm sounds like. Younger folks should also understand that you never go back into a burning building once you have successfully escaped.