Holy cow… you’ve found it. The perfect apartment exists, and there’s a room available. You can even afford the rent! If you live in a hotspot like Denver, Seattle, Dallas, or Nashville, you know how hard it can be to find an affordable room for rent with people you actually like. Now that you’ve found it, how can you get it? We’ll teach you the best way to respond to an ad for a roommate so that your response stands out from the crowd and gets you the result you want. Read the rest of this entry »
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Looking for a roommate? Good roommates can be hard to find. And great roommates? They’re like four-leaf clovers. Luckily for you, we can help you find one! Here are our top tips for writing the best roommate ad, so you not only fill your extra room fast, but you fill it with someone that’s a perfect match for your lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »
Everywhere you look, there are oversized teddy bears, boxes of chocolates, and hearts galore — yes, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re feeling the love toward your roommate or you’re just trying to get by until your lease is up, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do something sweet and rack up brownie points with the person sharing your space. Who knows, they just might prove to be the best roommate you’ll ever have. Check out a few ways to spoil your beloved roomie this February 14th! Read the rest of this entry »
Life with a roommate is complicated. Sure, splitting rent and chores can be awesome, but life à la roommates can quickly turn as sour as the carton of milk they simply won’t throw out. Maybe they’re always eating your food, never take the trash out, or can’t seem to pay their portion of the rent on time (uh, THAT’S a problemo!). Whatever the case may be, roommate troubles can really suck the enjoyment out of spending time in your apartment. Address your roommate problems with these surefire strategies for resolving roommate conflicts with less stress and more success! Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the cliche poem: “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and my roommate is not.” Wait, that’s not how it goes?! While love is in the air for most on Valentine’s Day, if you’ve got a bad roommate, we’re guessing that the air is heavy with sighs of frustration. Never fear though – here are some tips on dealing with a roomie that you can’t stand. Read the rest of this entry »
More so now than ever before, adults, young and old, are living with roommates. In almost every major city, the percentage of homes now being shared by roommates has jumped considerably in the past ten years. It might be to save on rent, live in a larger space, or even just because a little extra company is ideal – but whatever the cause, apartment dwellers are consistently looking to outfit their two bedroom apartment with another resident. Here are 5 reasons why renting with roommates is more popular than ever. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever shared in a 2-bedroom apartment, you know the roommate life can be rough. Dishes, turning off lights, or noisy late nights – whatever the little things are that irk you, don’t let it ruin your living situation. Here are some guidelines that all roommates should follow but might go without saying.
Share Chores Equally
You can try as hard as you want to keep your apartment dwelling separate, but you can’t avoid sweeping the kitchen floor. If your roommate is a little less tidy than you are, there are ways to communicate what’s important to you to keep fair. Putting a list of divvied-up to-dos on the fridge can be an easy way to remind your roommate of things both of you needs to keep up with. Read the rest of this entry »
Generally, multiple bedroom apartments save each tenant some money compared to renting a one-bedroom or studio apartment by yourself. Of course, this leads to the dreaded roommate dilemma. Maybe you have had a bad roommate experience, or have never had a roommate at all. Thinking about trying a “blind” roommate? Use these tips to avoid setting yourself up for disaster and have a pleasant experience in your apartment while saving money on rent.
Do: Seek Practical Resources
Where you look for a roommate should depend on your situation. If you’re in college, there are usually resources for students to find roommates. Even if the university doesn’t provide it, there can be Facebook groups, or an outside resource online like RoomSync to match roommates at specific colleges. Read the rest of this entry »
We can all agree that certain roommates make apartment living a little difficult. Having a roommate certainly makes things cheaper and can make bad days less lonely, but the key is to pick a good roommate. Here are some roommate red flags to keep an eye out for:
1. Crumbs. Everywhere.
There are crumbs on the furniture, floor, and all over the countertops. It’s like the world is their personal sandwich station, making it the perfect way to invite unwanted critters into your home.
2. Constantly Crowded Kitchen
That is, crowded with dirty dishes and trash that hasn’t been taken out for weeks. Even though most apartments have dishwashers, not everyone is inclined to use them.
3. Persistent Past Due Bills
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting a warning about your utilities bill being past due after thinking it had been paid the whole time. Financially irresponsible roommates can be a real hassle.
4. Lights On All the Time
Have you ever returned home to find the TV and all the lights on, but no roommate at home? Roommates that treat electricity like it’s free can really run up big utility bills.
5. Loud, Late Nights
It’s the night before your exam and there’s been a steady flow of loud music and friends gallivanting around your apartment. Rude roommates who always invite friends over late into the night and don’t even try to be quiet can take a toll.
One of the biggest issues in apartment living is making sure all roommates are doing their fair share to keep the apartment clean. Many otherwise happy roommate relationships have quickly gone downhill when all parties weren’t on the same page about cleaning. The key to avoiding this situation is establishing expectations early and keeping all roommates accountable. Read the rest of this entry »