Finding a roommate to live with can be a pretty big headache. I’m in the process of finding somewhere else to live since my current situation isn’t the best fit for me any longer.
I have to admit, I moved into my current place quickly and didn’t look into other options that were available for me. Finding a person to live with is a hard process. All I can say is take your time and don’t rush into anything.
Here are my tips to find the best roommate for you:
Tip #1 Find someone around your age.
I think this is important because you both will most likely have a lot of similar interests. If you don’t want to live in a house that constantly has guests over, go for someone older. I’ve found that it’s quite easy to find roommates my age that aren’t into throwing a ton of parties or having overnight guests over.
It should be pretty easy to find someone with the same rules as you.
Tip #2 Make sure you’re living with someone who is clean.
Or if you don’t care about being clean, then you can just forget about this tip. People might say they are clean, but the word clean is different for everyone. If you are renting out a room from this persons home, obviously check it out and see what clean means to them.
They probably tidied up the place before you arrived but you can still get a general idea.
Tip #3 If you feel it’s necessary, get past references from people they have lived with before.
I do think this is a good idea, although they probably won’t give you references from bad experiences they’ve had because that person would most likely say bad things. If you do however call the references, make sure to ask as many questions as you can. These questions can range from: If they had guests over often, how clean/tidy they were, etc.
Tip #4 If you don’t want to live somewhere where your roommate constantly has a boyfriend over, make sure they are single.
I know of people who have had bad experiences with living with a couple, even if the significant other wasn’t officially on the lease. Obviously your roommate could get into a relationship down the road, but if you figure out what kind of person they are ahead of time, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Ask as many questions as you want. That’s something I’ve learned, and I wish I would’ve done a long time ago. There has been a time in my life when I believed I was paying way more rent than I should’ve. I was living in a house that didn’t have heat, had a crying baby (whom I was told would stay at the parents house if it became a problem), etc. I decided to move which was an inconvenience for me because I had to pack everything up again.
In all, I hope you can learn from my mistakes and what I’ve done wrong. I’ve learned quite a bit from each and every single one of my living situations over the years.
What are some tips/advice you would give to find the perfect roommate for you?
What are some good/bad experiences you’ve had with finding a roommate?