How To Choose The Right Roommates
Imagine the following scenario. You've just arrived home to find
your answering machine full of messages from people responding
to your advertisement, who just like you, are looking for
roommates. After listening to each message, you think to
yourself "That sounds like an interesting person. I should give
that person a call". All of a sudden, you become panic stricken
and think, "How will I choose the right person to become my
roommate?" If this sounds like you, take a deep breath and
relax! You can choose the roommates that are right for you with
a bit of preparation and by following a few simple guidelines.
The key is choosing roommates which you feel comfortable with
sharing a fridge, a bathroom and a rainy night at home. A home
is a happy home when everyone is comfortable with each other and
nobody has to tippee toe around. Here are a few steps you can
take to help you make the right choice.
1. Work As A Team When Choosing Roommates
It's especially important that all roommates have equal
responsibility, decision making power and are involved in
choosing new roommates. If you are looking for a room for
yourself talking to friends and family who have had experiences
with roommates can help you make the right decision. They could
be your "roommate search team" who listen to your thoughts and
who you can bounce ideas off.
2. Identify Sought After Roommate Qualities
Deciding what kind of people you would like to have as roommates
will be one of the most important decisions you will have to
make. Undertaking a brainstorming session and listing desirable
and undesirable qualities will help you get a clearer picture of
your ideal roommate. Once completed the list can be used as a
benchmark when comparing people and deciding who will be your
roommates. Remember to include characteristics such as age
range, gender, personality type, social habits, hobbies and
interests as well as character traits.
3. Ask Potential Roommates The Same Questions
Before talking to people about becoming roommates, it's a good
idea to create a list of questions. It's important to ask each
person the same questions, as it will make it easier to compare
potential roommates against each other. As the saying goes, it's
better to compare apples to apples rather than apples to
oranges. Remember, it doesn't matter whether it's a formal
meeting or a casual lunch all roommates should meet and talk to
potential roommates before deciding who should move in.
4. Check References Before Asking Roommates To Move In
A lot of people do not like to ask for or check references but
when living with strangers who you have only met once or twice
its better to be safe rather than sorry. Talking to people who
have lived with your potential roommates can help you gain
valuable insight into their personalities, living habits,
ability to pay the rent and any past problems.
5. After Choosing Roommates, Sleep On It Overnight
When you have chosen your new roommates, it is better to wait a
while before asking them to move in as sometimes choices do not
look as good as it did a few hours ago. If you are still happy
with your decision a few hours later or the next day, go ahead
and make the phone call. There's nothing worse than the feeling
of regret or uncertainty when you hang up the phone after
inviting or agreeing to move in with new roommates.
So, as you can see, with a bit of preparation and taking the
right steps, you too will be well on your way to choosing the
roommates that are right for you. Once you're ready, go ahead,
pick up the phone and give those people who left you message a
Happy roommate hunting!