You’ve decided that you want to move in with a roommate to save on rent and other bills. But before you make a commitment, there are a number of things you need to know about any person you might decide to move in with. After all, your choice will determine how happy–or not–you’ll be in your new house or apartment.
Here are some questions you should ask when you interview potential roommates along with some tips to help you better gauge whether or not the person you’re talking to will be a good fit:
1. How do you want to split the bills?
Most roommates usually split rent, utility and telephone bills equally. However, you and/or your roommate may wish to keep a cell phone and not use a landline service. Be sure to clarify this before you move in.
2. Do you smoke, drink or use drugs?
If both or neither of you smokes, drinks or uses drugs, then you won’t have a problem. But if only one of you does, you may not be comfortable with each other.
3. Will you be inviting over visitors and/or a boyfriend or girlfriend to spend time with you?
If you are a person who likes your privacy, you may have a hard time with someone who is more social and likes to invite people home. Set up visiting rules regarding who can come over and when, to solve problem.
4. What are your working hours?
You may find it easier to have a roommate that has the same schedule as you do or you may want to stay out of each other’s way by having different schedules. This will depend on what you want from your roommate relationship.
5. How you feel about pets?
If you have a pet, tell your roommate and ask him or her if this is OK. Don’t forget to ask if he or she wants to get an animal pal, too.
6. Do you have any diseases, allergies and/or medical conditions that should be known about?
This is an extremely important question to ask because you may not feel comfortable living with a person who gets diseases frequently or has allergies. You should also try to ascertain the persons emotional stability as well – you don’t want to live with someone who has a hair-trigger temper or is moody and unpredictable.
Going through this kind of an interview process may seem like a lot of work. But taking the time to talk to potential roommates about the issues surrounding these questions can help you–and the people you interview–whether you have a workable relationship.
When you’re finally ready to move in with the roommate of your choice, you may want to put some of your belongings in storage. This is where Lone Star Self-Storage can help. We offer secure units in five different sizes that can help you avoid overcrowding a shared living space. Better still, our contracts are month-to-month, so there’s no long-term commitment required. When you’re ready to move into the next phase of your life, contact us!
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