Sharing your apartment with a roommate is a great way to manage bills, keep your apartment clean, and avoid lonely evenings (if you’re not a fan of living by yourself). However, finding the right roommate in Bradenton and Sarasota isn’t always easy, and a little unsettling if you don’t take the right steps to ensure a compatible person. To help, we’ve put together some tips that can lead to a “co-habitation” that is convenient —and conflict-free!
Ask The Right Questions
Moving in with someone is like starting a new relationship; you’ll inevitably be spending a lot of time together, sharing some of your belongings, and relying on each other for important things like rent money or utility payments. You need to make sure you’re a good match and share the same expectations of your living situation.
Interview more than one potential roommate so you can make a well-rounded comparison of the options. Develop a list of questions that will help you address the most important factors for living with someone. This may include:
Avoiding a Bad Match
An interview will give you a decent first impression of someone, but you should dig a little deeper to make sure you haven’t been mislead. Ask for references from coworkers or former roommates, and check out your potential roommate’s Twitter or Facebook profile to get a better idea of how they spend their free time. Something as simple as a quick social media search can be very effective at helping you uncover things you didn’t discover in the interview.
And don’t forget that your interviewees might be doing the same searches of you, so if there are pictures or comments that could lead someone to the wrong impression, you might want to delete them.
Streamlining Your Search
Today’s technology makes it surprisingly easy to find roommate candidates. Try some of these options to simplify your efforts:
Always take your time when you’re looking into roommates to make sure you’ve found a good fit —someone who’s demonstrated that they’re responsible and respectful. With a little research and careful consideration, you can find a great living situation that will suit everyone involved.
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