Having a roommate can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. Obviously, it will make your rent cheaper and free up more money to use elsewhere. However, having a roommate also ensures you will never be alone and someone will always be looking out for you. But, how do you find a roommate who provides those things? The following guideline will teach you how to discern a good roommate from a bad one:
Yes, you can place ads and interview strangers to be your roommate, but that of course isn’t ideal. The better way to find a roommate is asking around. Let your friends and family know you are looking for someone who is in need of a place to live.
Once you find a person you are considering as your roommate, ask around about them. Ask people who know them if they pay their bills on time. Find out if they are responsible. If you already have a place, you might want to consider a “trial run.” Let them partially move in for a week or two. Be sure to find out their work schedule. Determine if they are an early riser or if they like to party. All these factors will greatly alter your satisfaction with your roommate. Make sure you have the right person from the beginning to avoid stress down the road.
We all have preset expectations about any given situation. Perhaps, your idea of a great roommate is someone who pays their portion of the rent on time, cleans up after themselves and doesn’t make too much noise. However, if the person you are considering has a completely different idea for what makes a good roommate, this can cause conflict and problems. Therefore, you need to define what you expect out of a roommate and find out the expectations of your potential roommate. This will ensure your expectations are in line with your future roommates. If the expectations are different, now is the time to communicate about this issue, not after the person moves in for good.
You might think the person who you are considering for your roommate is a great person, but they might have a few skeletons in the closet. Running a criminal background check and a credit report will reveal any potential red flags.
Having a roommate can be a fun, educational and enlightening experience. However, if you don’t do your homework on the front end, this fun experience can feel more like a constant nightmare. Therefore, make sure you follow the guidelines listed above to find a roommate who is a great match. Contact us at Douglas Heights for more information about our student housing options.