Choosing a roommate can sometimes be a challenging task. Whether you are selecting a friend or acquaintance you already know, or if you are considering rooming with a stranger, there are a few questions that you need answered before finalizing who you will be rooming with.
One of the most important things you can ask your potential roommate is: what are you looking for in a roommate
? The answer to this question can help you both decide if you are on the same page about your living arrangements. Here are a few other questions you may want to have answered:
· Do you have references?
Ask for previous roommates or landlords. A friend of your potential roommate might not be completely honest with you.
· How often do you clean?
Different ideas of cleanliness might cause problems down the road. You also don’t want to be responsible for handling all the chores while your roommate does nothing in return.
· Do you smoke?
This might be a problem if one party smokes while the other does not.
· What do you do for a living & what is your schedule like?
You want to make sure your potential roommate can cover their half of everything. Having a vastly different schedule than your roommate can be difficult and an inconvenience to one or both parties.
· Have you had any challenges in past living situations?
Hopefully your potential roommate will voice any past challenges to prevent them from happening again with you.
Having answers to these simple questions can be beneficial to both yourself and your future roommate. It can help eliminate awkwardness once you have moved in together by discussing these things in advance and making sure you agree about how the two of you will handle your cohabitation. It will also help eliminate any potential roommates you think would not be a good fit for you. Happy hunting!
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