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CORT Survey Finds College Roommates Dispute Cereal Ownership and Cleaning Duties

Furniture rental company offer tips for getting along with roommates

CHANTILLY, Va. (July 31, 2012) - A recent survey of college students found that more than 65 percent of students do not maintain close relationships with former roommates after leases end. With survey respondents citing reasons such as messiness, disagreements over shared expenses and uninvited pets, roommate altercations often lead to ended friendships and added stress in college.
 
CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, offers six C's for getting along with roommates this school year.
 
1.      Communicate: Your roommate may have a lot of talents, but reading your mind is not one of them. Talk about what you want to share, what level of cleanliness you prefer (and how to achieve this) and your favorite pizza topping (in case they're willing to share).
 
2.      Clean: Maybe you and your roommate decide you don't mind an apartment that is closer to a pig pen than a penthouse, but messiness in shared spaces is still a boiling point for roommates nationwide. At the very least, keep your belongings tidy in shared spaces and take out the trash regularly, unless you want your next roommate to be a cockroach.
 
3.      Be Considerate: Whenever you are making a decision that impacts your roommate, consider the situation reversed. Would you want them to host a Mariachi band the night before your big exam? That's what we thought. Prioritize your roommate's needs like you prioritize your own and your relationship will flourish.
 
4.      Coordinate socializing: Your college roommate can be more than the person you pass on the way to class. Grow your relationship with them outside the four walls of your apartment or house by inviting them on social outings and including them when you have guests. Minor disputes can be quickly resolved when your roommate is also your friend.
 
5.      Compromise: For every potential squabble, there is a potential compromise. Offer to take your late night socializing to another location during the week, as long as guests are allowed over during the weekend. In every situation, look for the opportunity to meet halfway and you will almost always find a common ground.
 
6.      Consider rental: Roommates often fight over shared items and shared costs. From rental furniture to flat-screen televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, cookware and other accessories, CORT provides options for a single bill to share costs. Remove the awkward question of who gets the shared couch after graduation by renting furniture.
 
CORT surveyed more than 1,800 students. The company provides thousands of students and parents with rental solutions tailored to their unique needs. Rental furniture and other items are delivered and removed on-demand, ensuring students have high-quality furnishings with the least hassle and no hidden costs involved, making it easy to share costs with roommates.
 
Rental also alleviates debates about ownership of furnishings. Through CORT's "add a roommate" package, students can furnish more bedrooms and add their living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms in one bill that makes it easy to divide costs with roommates for the entire apartment.
 
While lugging old furniture from home is an option that appears to be free of costs, consider the moving truck and out-of-pocket costs that can add up quickly, easily costing $1,000 to $2,000. Add to that the time spent by parents taking days off work to move furniture, nights spent in a hotel and "sweat equity" on tiring moving days - all reasons students and parents should consider renting furniture and accessories.
 
Rental packages start at $99 per month with 12-month lease options; other lease terms including nine months are available. For more information on student rental packages, visit www.cort.com/students and like us at facebook.com/CORTUstudentrentals.
 
About CORT
For the past 40 years, CORT has been a leading provider of home and office furniture for more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Government. CORT is a Berkshire Hathaway company and the world's largest provider of rental furniture. CORT brings its proven standard of excellence to thousands of students and parents with solutions tailored to their unique needs. Rental furniture can be delivered or removed "on-demand," ensuring students maintain the highest quality living standards with the least hassle and no hidden costs involved for parents. For more information about CORT, please visit www.cort.com.
 
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