Having a roommate can be a good way to help save money on rent and other bills, but it’s not always easy to find a good fit. As you start searching for and interviewing prospective candidates, these five tips may help you find the right match.
Your social circle may be your best resource when searching for a roommate. Ask friends and family if they can recommend someone they know and trust.
To help gauge how someone might be as a roommate, ask for personal references from current or former roommates.
The first time you meet a potential roommate in person, choose a public place and consider bringing along a friend or family member — for both safety and a second opinion.
Ask about any pet allergies and diligence with locking doors and windows when they leave their home.
Are they a morning person or night owl? Are they neat or messy? Do they like to share items like spices and cleaning supplies, or would they prefer to keep everything separate?
Finally, ask potential roommates for proof of employment or income.
If a prospect is hesitant to provide this information, try reminding them that many landlords have the same requirements.
Once you’re satisfied with the answers to these questions, chances are you’ve found a good match!
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Maddie Coite and Holli Beckman, co-founders of Apartminty
U.S. News & World Report http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2015/08/12/how-to-find-a-trustworthy-roommate