Things to Consider Before Renting a Beach House with Your Besties
Written by: Jenna Yesenosky
Renting a summer shore house with your closest friends is a right of passage. You hear all about it from the seniors that have come before you so much that you may already have a countdown on your phone. On the other hand, you may hear such gruesome horror stories that even the thought of a senior house makes your skin crawl. Why do we hear such conflicting things? Every shore house is different and every friend group is different, so it’s hard to tell when the house will be fun in the sun or a dark cloud looming over the rest of your summer. As a guide, here is Pinkly Perfect’s list of Things To Consider Before Renting a Beach House with Your Besties.
- Are you willing to spend? Shore houses are expensive enough on their own (especially if you want a quality space, see #7) without the added cost of food and other necessities. If you’d rather save that cash for college, plan a day trip to visit your friends instead.
- Are you a homebody? It’s easy to be excited about living on your own, hours away from home when you’re not actually living on your own, hours away from home. If you get homesick easily, you may find yourself missing home so much that you forget to have fun.
- Do you know everyone in the house? New friends are fun, but the last thing you need is your BFF’s second cousin to forget a rent payment, or your friend’s boyfriend to cost you your security deposit. Think about the people that you’d want in your house before you make any payments. Your best friend might be super fun to hang out with, but if she’s a slob you probably won’t want to be rooming with her.
- What kind of people do you want to live with? If you plan on getting a job down the shore, you may feel left out if the rest of your house is loafing around without you all day. If you’re messy, rooming with your most organized friends may cramp your style. Living with similar personalities will mean less arguments and way less stress.
- How long are you willing to stay for? Some people are content with Senior Week, while others are ready for an entire Senior Summer. What is your time frame, and does everyone in your house agree? If not, think of a compromise that benefits everyone.
- Do you want your name on the lease? In New Jersey, and most of America, you need to be 18 to put your name on a house. With great power comes great responsibility, though, so think long and hard if you want to be the head of the house. If something goes wrong, you’ll be the one your landlord calls.
- Is the house live-able? Some of the most common stories that travel home from the Jersey shore are tales of awful houses. The price tag looks great at first glance, but who wants to sleep in the same place as a family of rats? Inspect the house you plan on staying in before you make the decision. Trust me, it will be worth it.
- Do you like your landlord? Chances are, you’ll run into your landlord more than once. If he or she is rude or gives you weird vibes, you may not want to rent from him or her.
- What about your neighbors? A house located smack-dab in the middle of a family-oriented community isn’t the best spot for you and your friends to decide on. First and foremost, families may get irritated with you (aka: pesky noise complaints), but more importantly, don’t you want to be surrounded by other senior houses full of cute boys?
- What beach do you want to live in? If you’ve spent every year since birth in Ocean City, but your friends want to rent in Wildwood, that may excite you or frighten you, depending on your personality. Think about whether or not you’re up for a new adventure or if you’re sick of seeing the same place summer after summer.
Whether you’re renting for the week or making day trips, everyone’s shore house is one they make their best memories in. Chill on the beach with your friends, make some extra cash, and make sure you take pics! Think of it as practice for living with college roommates, and hey, if all else fails at least you’ll have wild stories to tell!
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