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Find a great roommate with these tips

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Searching for the right roommate can feel overwhelming. Finding a compatible match is crucial and requires a conscientious effort and careful thought. Panoramic Properties wants to help you find a great roommate in Sudbury, with these tips.

 

Start Looking Early

 

When it comes to choosing someone to live with, you’ll want to put as much time and effort into the search process as it deserves. Procrastination may leave you in a pinch and lead to less than optimal choices. Start looking for a roommate early, a month or two in advance. If you don’t know of any potential candidates, ask your friends first, and then start to advertise.

 

Advertise

 

Online advertisements are an excellent tool to aid you in your search, and help you cast a wider net for a potential pad-sharer. Provide as many details in your ad as possible to weed out incompatible matches from the start. Include details about your habits and lifestyle, as well as the apartment and neighbourhood. Compatible or complimentary lifestyles and schedules can keep roommate relationships running smoothly. If you work the night shift, your roommate may need to be a night owl, or at least a very sound sleeper!

 

Meet Up

 

No matter how compatible someone seems, never agree to a living a situation without meeting in person, in a neutral location. You will be able to get a much better feel for someone when you meet them in person. If they are meeting you at the apartment, it’s a good idea to have a friend or family member in the apartment for safety. Talk about your respective lifestyles, schedules, expectations, hobbies, cleaning habits, and anything else you can think of. Ask why they are looking for a new place to live. If their answer has to do with ‘roommate drama’ in their current situation, that may be a red flag. You’ll also have to verify their income situation to ascertain if they are able to handle their share of the living expenses.

 

Check Up

 

Once you’ve found a potential candidate, it’s completely appropriate to ask for references from past landlords and/or roommates, and check those references. A simple background and credit check can be done online, too.  If the potential candidate strongly objects to any of these checks, that’s a check in the red flag column. Once you’ve chosen a roomy, lay out your agreement (financial responsibilities and household responsibilities). Having everything in writing can help you steer clear of conflicts later on.

Finding the right roommate can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Panoramic Properties hopes this post helps you find the perfect person. For information on Panoramic Properties for rent in Sudbury, please visit our website.