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What to Consider When Looking for a Roommate: Tips From Professional Movers

Posted on: July 18, 2019 | by: Hall Lane Movers July 18, 2019

When moving, you may find it necessary to get a roommate. Read on for some do’s and don’ts from professional movers on picking someone to live with

The number of adults living with roommates has risen in the past 20 years. Living with roommates have a number of advantages: bills and groceries can be split, household chores take half as long to do, and having another person to talk to is always nice. With more young professionals choosing to live with roommates, making the right choice of who to live with is even more important. Read on to find out what to consider before picking a roommate.

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Consider people other than close friends

Just because you like hanging out with some does not necessarily mean they would make a good person to live with. Many a friendship has been ruined by two friends moving in together and figuring out they do not work well as roommates. Don’t be afraid to extend your roommate search beyond your circle of good friends. The internet and classified ads are a great way to meet potential roommates.

Ask the difficult questions

Don;’tt be afraid to as your potential roommate difficult questions. Chief among those is you will want to figure out their financial situation. A person may be fun and cool, but if they cannot pay their share of the bills, then they will not make a good roommate. Vet your potential roommates and make sure to give their previous landlords and roommates to get an idea of what kind of roommate they are. You will also need to figure out important things about their life and habits, things like:

  • Their work schedule
  • Whether they drink, smoke, or do other drugs
  • Whether they have a good credit rating
  • How clean they are
  • How much time will they spend in common spaces
  • How is their sleep schedule

Set expectations

You also should not be afraid to make clear what your and their living expectations are. Figure out things like splitting the cost of movers, how often you want to clean, which space will belong to which person, which items are common use, etc. Setting clear expectations and boundaries before moving in prevents and unwanted bad habits from rearing their ugly head.

If you need the services of professional movers, give Hall Lane Moving and Storage a call at 631-734-0212. Our full-service team of professional movers will work with you to make the process as smooth as possible.