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How to Find the Right Roommate

At some point in your life, you will likely have a roommate that you share your home or apartment with. In fact, you might even have a couple at a time. The Hammond movers know that choosing the right roommate will have a positive and long-lasting effect on your dwelling, so it is not a process to be taken lightly. Read along as we share our top tips for selecting roommates that just might end up being lifelong friends.

Before committing to a lease with someone, try and spend time together. If you don’t know each other well, you have to ensure that you have chemistry that will mesh well. While living together is a fun and bonding experience, you want to be sure you get along with someone and have similar views on important ideas. For example, maybe you have similar tastes in music, but how are you going to communicate about bills, maintenance, messes, and other issues that can arise among roommates?

While it may seem like overkill, try to dig a little deeper into their personal life. Find out their job, how long they have been at the same job, if you have mutual friends and so on.  Try to gather enough info to create a pro/con list to determine if the fit is right.

Learn cleanliness! We cannot stress this enough. Sharing a home with someone can be stressful enough as it is, but if the person enjoys living in a pig sty while you prefer order, things can get downright ugly. Try and learn a little bit about their living habits and see if the two of you have similar points of view on cleanliness and organization.

Keep the house duties as shared responsibilities.  In any roommate scenario, one person can get caught up doing all of the cleaning while the other coasts by waiting for things to get done. Keep things fair and orderly by delegating chores to each of you and following through. If you must, get a roommate agreement so that both of you are on the same terms with expected chore completion and timelines.  

Also, you want to make sure the person you are going to share your living space with is trustworthy, reliable, and a good person. You will be counting on this person to lock the doors and keep an eye on their own company when they have people over. Your belongings and your safety are both on the line, so be thorough and serious when selecting a roommate to share your next apartment or home.