Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to choose a roommate

The benefits of renting with a roommate include reduced expenses and responsibilities for both parties. However, choosing a good roommate is crucial to securing these benefits and a positive home environment.

Getting a roommate through referrals does not completely guarentee your safety either, but knowing that someone you trust has vouched for the person may help you sleep better at night. 

Get referrals from friends

The safest way of finding a roommate is to get referrals from friends and family. It can be unsettling or even difficult to deal with a complete stranger. Remember that you’re going to be living with this person for the duration of your rental agreement, so your safety and privacy may be affected by malicious individuals. Getting a roommate through referrals does not completely guarentee your safety either, but knowing that someone you trust has vouched for the person may help you sleep better at night. 

Get to know the person

Whether your potential roommate is a complete stranger or someone you know in passing, it’s always prudent to conduct a background check. Get to know the person first too. Ask about what he does for a living and his daily routine. Discuss habits and preferences. Does he smoke or have a pet? These may be potential deal-breakers, so it’s best to get these out in the open before you agree to being roommates. Choose someone who has the same lifestyle preferences as you. Someone who loves to play loud music can be an annoyance if you're looking for peace and quiet. These small things can actually make a difference in your home life. 

Avoid rooming with best friends

It may be tempting to become roommates with your best friend, and it may seem like the perfect rental setup. This may not be true for every best friend out there, but more often than not, it’s difficult to set strict rules and boundaries with someone that close to you. This will only lead to compromises and tension in your relationship. Choose a referral from a friend instead. This way, you may have the same interests but can still maintain a professional relationship.


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