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Roommates and Rentals: What Are Some Things To Consider?

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 190

Sometimes when you are looking for a rental, you need to find a roommate and the wrong roommate can cause problems, so you want to pick the right one in the first place. You want to go on the basis of friendliness, but you need to judge them on the basis of how well you can get along together as you look for rentals.

There are many steps you should follow when you are looking for a good roommate and the first thing you should do is to make sure that if you want to share a bathroom and/or bedroom. You should not share a bedroom unless you have no other choice because any conflict that you may have with your roommate will be exaggerated in a smaller space and if your roommate is the same sex as you, then it won't be as difficult sharing a bathroom.

Another thing that you should do when researching your roommates is deciding how many you want. Keep in mind that the more roommates you have in your home, the noisier and messier it will be, but with one roommate, it can be easier to get upset with each another. You can include the internet when you are doing your research.

Once you have found any potential roommates, you should meet them and discuss the rentals and the opportunities to join you in your quest to share a living space. You need to find out their preferences and habits so that you will know if you are compatible or not. Some things that you need to find out about them is what time of day they wake up and if they have a school schedule, comfortable temperature, are they a neat freak or a slob, how do you divide up chores, if they plan on having friends over often, and if they smoke, drink, or any other habits that might make others uncomfortable.

Something else that you may want to know is what your roommate may expect out of you because sometimes a person is looking to share rentals to cut cost without too much interaction with them, while others want someone who can be a potential close friend. You want to make sure that you share the same expectations. You also need to make sure that they are honest so that you can feel as though you can trust them.

When looking for good roommates to share your living space, it is a good idea to advertise and let the interested people come to you, but do not share any information about yourself with anyone before meeting them. You should meet them in a public space and only show them any potential rentals that you are looking at after you have gotten to know them.

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