Whether you are relocating to a new city because of a job or you just can’t find someone to split rent, you may need to use a service in order to find a roommate.
In the past people often used newspapers and community bulletins, today the most predominant method used to find someone is using the Internet.
This can be an extremely convenient way to find someone and there are many different sites that provide a way to match people looking for an apartment with a similar price range and location.
It can also be a bit dangerous. Be sure you use a trusted site to find a roommate, such as the one above.
You should also be wary of giving out any personal information to people on a roommate site, even if it’s a trusted site.
Those who would feel more comfortable exercising more caution may even try to conduct some sort of background check – mainly to ensure the person does not have a criminal record.
Interviewing a roommate either on the phone or in a public place is also recommended. It’s important to understand your future roommate’s living habits to ensure he/she is a good match to your needs.
After deciding on a roommate, you may want to discuss certain living agreements to avoid a potential dispute down the road.
An important agreement to consider making is anything related to scheduled payments, such as rent, utilities, etc. Room choice and rules for common areas should also be discussed.
Other more subtle decisions, such as household chores, groceries, and pet peeves / do’s and don’ts may also prove to be useful topics of discussion upon moving in with your new roommate.