For those who want to save on expenses when renting a home, finding a roommate can be a great way to alleviate some of the financial burden. This not only allows an individual to split the cost of living expenses but can also expose them to a new group of people through their roommate.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that just any roommate will do. Since you’ll be living with this person, it’s crucial that he or she is someone you can get along with. That being said, following are some tips on how to increase your chances of finding a roommate that’ll be a good fit.
Where to Look
While you can certainly advertise your need for a roommate through the internet, it is suggested that you start by asking your friends and family if they are a candidate, or if they know someone that is. Stick to social media sites, such as Facebook, and ask friends to ask their friends. Casting your net too wide may result in unsavory individuals coming up to present themselves as a possible roommate.
Roommates should not solely be chosen on the basis of how friendly they can be. Instead, check out if you can live with them on a daily basis. For example, does the person stay up until dawn? Does he love to watch TV and have friends come over for movie marathons? Most importantly, does the person clean up after himself and how long does he use the bathroom? Although these are little things, it’s important to know this type of information beforehand.
Of course, details like what they do for a living, how long they’ve been on their job, etc. are very important. Make sure they lead a stable life and will be able to fulfill their end of the bargain. The goal is to get a feel for the individual’s personality to determine if you can stand them in your home!
Establish boundaries right from the start to avoid conflicts in the future. This involves various cases like who gets to clean the kitchen, use the appliances or shoulder the expenses of everyday items like sugar, coffee and other common living amenities. By having these rules and boundaries in place, roommates will be able to live with each other more comfortably and with less conflict.
The Final Say
While you might feel uncomfortable asking how much money your soon-to-be roommate makes, or if he has a history of paying his bills on time, the landlord won’t. Landlords are a great filter and will ask the questions that you may not want to ask. Ultimately, it’s up to them to determine whether or not a person is financially stable enough to be your roommate.
Living in rental homes can be a wonderful new experience especially for those who are doing it for the first time. If good judgment is used when selecting a person to live with, you will enjoy the company and the reduced living expenses.
Hazen Townhomes offers spacious two bedroom rental homes that are perfect for sharing! Contact us at 520-795-8429 for a list of our available Tucson rental homes.