A bad housemate can cause a lot of problems and headaches, it definitely pays to prepare and do some research. Here are a few things you need to consider before deciding to share your residence with someone else.
Prior to inviting someone into your home, you need to do some a little research. You may, for instance, want to ask them if they have a social media account so you can chat and get to know them. Google their name and see what you can find out about them. If they’re not willing to share anything with you, then it’s probably wise to avoid considering them as your roommate.
Be Careful Who You Invite Over
Just because someone seems to be a good fit, doesn’t mean they are safe to have in your home. Always meet potential roommates in public so you can get a feel for what they’re like without them coming over. You don’t want to find out way too late that the person is actually not who they seem and was just scoping your place out for nefarious reasons. Most people are cautious, so you may not have many people that would want to meet in your home at first. Try a cafe or any public place where talking would be easy.
Use Proper Language In Your Listing
When you put out a listing online for a flatmate, it needs to go over some basics. For instance, it should say what the price is of the rent and whether you want a male or female to respond. A lot of people won’t live with the opposite sex and a lot of people don’t want to pay over a certain price. Your goal is to weed out the wrong candidates. Include your phone number too and make sure you have an answering machine set up in case you are busy when people try to contact you.
Know What Questions To Ask
Do they know how to clean? Are they able to split all of the bills with you? It’s important that you go over everything that you expect when working with a flatmate during your first meeting. You don’t want to find out, for instance, that they thought that they only had to pay half of the rent and you are responsible for everything else. Get a contract put together with them about what they have to pay. If you can get everything in writing and they agree to and sign it, then you have a leg to stand on if they don’t stand up to their promises.
Find out where they work and what they’re doing in their life. You really don’t want to find out that later that someone doesn’t agree with any of your views. It is hard to live with someone in general, but it’s even more difficult to spend time with someone that’s nothing like you. Sometimes opposites attract, but there’s no point in risking it. Also, make sure you find out what their stance is on drinking and using substances so you don’t end up with someone that’s always loud and parties too much.
Once you use our advice, you can find a flatmate that works for you. So many people are out there to choose from that it makes sense to be cautious. Eventually, you’ll weed out the bad from the good and be left with the best most compatible choices.