Finding a roomie is easy, but finding the right roomie is a different story. You want to find someone whom you can trust, comfortable live with, and who will keep up with his or her share of the financial and domestic responsibilities.
Read on to learn some helpful tips on how to find good roommates.
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Do multiple interviews. Even if you meet “the one” after conducting one interview, it’s never a good idea to offer a room or your apartment to the first potential roomie candidate you meet.
By using WeRoomies to look for potential roomies, you can easily take advantage of our online voice, video, and messaging systems in meet and chat with potential roomies before meeting in person, if necessary.
Remember to keep your options open, and be sure to conduct multiple interviews in order to ensure that you find the right roomie.
Ask the right questions. Before interviewing a roomie candidate, it can be helpful to put together a list of questions to ask during an interview. Consider asking questions regarding lifestyle, schedule, habits, hobbies and responsibilities.
For example, if a roomie candidate enjoys playing guitar past 10:00pm on the regular, and you have to be up early for work every morning, then this is likely to cause some problems. This is why it’s important to ask the right questions while also considering personality during an interview.
Be upfront about costs. It’s important to get finances out of the way from the beginning. Be sure to discuss important expenses, such as each person’s responsibility for rent, utilities, groceries and other expenses, such as trash, water, and so on. This is also important in order to avoid conflict down the road, or to avoid one person supporting the other.
All in all, the more upfront you are about costs in the beginning, the smoother the transition, and the happier you will be with your new roomie.
Ask for references. If your roomie has lived with other roomies before, then it’s not only important to ask about why he or she is looking for a new roomie, but to also ask for references. References can include prior roomies, friends or even professional references.
For example, if you discover that your roomie is notorious for not keeping paying his or her portion of rent on time, being messy or has a substance or alcohol problem, then it’s best to know these things up front before agreeing to live together.
WeRoomies makes this step easier, too. WeRoomies offers a rating and review system. So if you are looking for the right roomie, but you are unsure of where to start, search roommate using WeRoomies and take note of users’ ratings and reviews from former roomies.
All in all, while it might seem easy to find a roomie among people you know, this isn’t always the best course of action. In addition, finding a roomie in haste can also be a recipe for disaster. However, putting in the time and effort up front can avoid conflict and/ or misery down the line.