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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »