Roommates can be a major blessing if you want to save a little on rent or see a friendly face around. But living with someone new can be tricky as well. Will they do the dishes? Do they have pets? Will they play dubstep at 2 am?
Even if you find a perfect roommate (check out these apartment ad tips for help with that!), it’s important to set some ground rules. Save yourself serious headaches down the line by following this roommate rules list. Read the rest of this entry »
Renting an apartment with friends and strangers alike can be a blast… until it’s not. Depending on your situation and personality, you might find that you’re better off flying solo. We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons to decide. Read the rest of this entry »
With an apartment roommate, you might lose some privacy, but you’ll gain savings. Read the rest of this entry »
Your apartment is a place where you and your roommate can relax and get away from the chaos of the world… usually. Great practical jokes aren’t just for April Fool’s Day! Try these hilarious (but harmless) pranks on your unsuspecting roommate for some guaranteed ROFLs and LOLs. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Today’s apartment market has put many renters at a crossroads. In markets where rent is exceedingly difficult to afford, many renters are seeking to forego their solitary lifestyle in favor of co-living. And, in cities where finding an apartment is challenging, many are asking friends and family to share some of their valued space. In markets across the country, renters are combining homes through the bonds of friendship, love, or assistance. Read the rest of this entry »
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of reasons why people are flocking to apartments. For some, those reasons are economic. For others, it’s due to changes in their family size. Still, others rent based on location or because they’re moving for work. All of these people and countless others can speak to the benefits of the apartment lifestyle. From the cost of living to luxury amenities, there are scores of reasons why apartment living is the most popular housing choice for many. But the greatest benefit of all is not often spoken about: the friendships that are created. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving into a new apartment always comes with a set of exciting challenges. If you’re planning (or hoping) to move in with another person, picking that roommate is right up at the top of that list. A well-chosen roommate has the ability to make a living situation much more enjoyable and affordable, offering you the appropriate mix of availability and privacy (and on-time bill paying) that you desire. However, a poorly chosen roommate can make any living arrangement, no matter how ideal otherwise, eminently painful. The last thing you want is a stressful situation brewing in your own home—after all, it should be the place you take refuge from your daily stresses. With that in mind, here are some tips for picking out the best roommate for you.
First, list what qualities you would consider ideal in a roommate. Think about your own traits during this exercise. Do you treasure a measure of peace and quiet when you come home after a hard day’s work? Chances are you’d prefer someone who is similar than someone who’s constantly inviting half the apartment building over for hors d’oeuvres.
Next, talk to friends. Ask them if they know of anyone looking to make a move in the near future. Also consider posting a classifieds ad in a local online forum, mentioning traits you’re looking for in a tactful, casual way. A demanding, bulleted list of roommate requirements will scare prospects away so fast it’ll make your head spin.
Finally, schedule interviews with any prospects you might find. The most important thing to keep in mind, when first meeting a potential roommate, is to be completely honest with yourself and with them. Don’t try to make yourself something that you’re not! If you have a less-than-stellar cleaning record, that’s totally fine; just don’t insist that you scour the floors with a toothbrush when your roomie-to-be asks about your orderliness. If she decides that’s a deal-breaker, that’s okay—you just avoided butting heads down the road.
Looking for an apartment for rent with a new roomie? Great! We’re here to help. Using our search tools, you can find an apartment in cities, towns, and hamlets all across America. We’re particularly fond of Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments and Seattle apartments, but search anywhere your heart fancies. Happy hunting!
The roommate search, oh my! Trying to find a roommate who does the dishes every night and puts them away, respects your belongings, agrees with you on temperature and pays their share of the bills on time is no easy endeavor. Finding a roommate who vacuums, cleans up without being asked and someone who is just generally pleasant to be around would be ideal.
Is there such thing as The Perfect Roommate? Of course not! We all have roommate search horror stories, whether it involves that guy who hogged the television all day and well into the night and always paid his share of the bills a week late, to the gal whose pet beagle howled any time she was away. The thing with a roommate search is that all too often, you don’t really know what you’re going to get — and realizing that you got a bad roommate is no fun. Maybe you were in a hurry to find a roommate, or maybe you just didn’t know what to look out for. Whatever happened, one thing’s for sure: There are a few things you can do that will help you with your roommate search.
- First, you need to be honest about who you are. Are you a slob? Do you get upset when there is even one dirty dish in the sink? Do you love to have lots of people over all the time? If you don’t like to clean and are always having people over, it’s not very fair to search for a roommate who likes things clean and wants the apartment to be quiet and private.
- Meet up with potential roommates to talk. If you don’t feel safe or comfortable meeting them at your home, meet at a coffee shop or another public place where you can sit down and have a conversation.
- Find out what their schedule is like. If they have a night job and sleep during the day, and you have a 9-to-5, that could potentially cause a conflict.
- What are their hobbies?
- Do you want to include pet owners in your roommate search?
- Do they drink, smoke or do drugs?
- Discuss the things that typically wind up becoming problems when they’re not first addressed: how chores will be handled, how things like kitchen utensils and food will be shared, what’s okay and not okay when it comes to having guests over, thermostat settings, out-of-town guests, when bills need to be paid and so on.
These are just a few ideas to help you get a good roommate search going. If you meet with a potential roommate and you get the feeling the two of you wouldn’t be the best match, don’t be afraid to politely tell them that. It’ll sure save you a lot of roommate frustration in the long run.