In a city like Chicago, great apartments come at a price. Sometimes that can be a very high price. A practical way of living in a terrific neighborhood and in a gorgeous space is to have a roommate. You might already be living in a home or apartment with a spare room that could be attractive to someone. That roommate can help with the rent or mortgage. The goal is to find a roommate that is going to be compatible. Here are some of the things you should consider when searching for roommate:
How Will You Interact Together?
It is hard to know exactly how a roommate going to turn out until you start living with them but you should get a good sense during an interview. What are your expectations for the person you want to share your home with? Is this someone you won’t mind watching TV together? If so, then you need to find someone that shares your taste in programs. Will you feel comfortable sharing the kitchen with that person? In other words, a vegetarian and a meat eater right not make the best roommates.
Do You Share the Same Habits?
They say opposites attract. That might work in a relationship but for roommates it could spell trouble. You have every right to ask your potential roommate if they smoke, drink or use recreational drugs. The answer to those questions should line up with your own habits. Word of caution: someone who promises to smoke “just outside” is still going to bring a lot of that those fumes back into the apartment with them.
Are They Working?
The reason you are bringing in a roommate is to help with the bills. You don’t want to get in a situation where you’re chasing them down every month for the rent and cable money. A potential red flag might be a person who has had several jobs within the last year or two. You want to look for someone with stability and job security.
Are They Going To Be Loud?
At first, it might seem like fun to have a roommate who plays the guitar. But that can grow old very fast if they are constantly playing the guitar and only know a few songs. What happens when they invite their musician buddies over to jam? You don’t want to get into a situation where you have to restrict their playing. Just keep in mind that anyone who plays an instrument could be playing that instrument at all hours.
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When looking for roommate, you don’t have to find a best friend (although that would be nice) but you just want to make sure you will get along.