Are you thinking about having a roommate move in? As with all things in life, there are pros and cons to explore. Here’s what you should be thinking about:
Reasons for Having a Roommate
You’ll Never Feel Lonely
Just because you have a roommate doesn’t mean you have to become best friends with that roommate. However, there’s a lot to be said for not living in isolation. Even the simple gesture of being able to check in with someone at the end of your day makes for a pleasurable living experience.
You’ll Have Help
Having a roommate is often very convenient especially if you have things to take care of around the house like plants or pets. It also means when you go out of town that someone will be looking over your place. You won’t have to stop mail. Your roommate can also help with some of the cleaning and shopping. If they’re going to the dry cleaner, then they could pick up your items as well. It’s a win-win
You’ll Be Saving Money
The biggest bonus for having a roommate is saving money. Because you’re splitting the rent, you might be able to move into a larger apartment with more room. Splitting the utility, Internet and cable bills will also be a big help. If you can cook with your roommate, then you’ll save money because cooking for two is actually less expensive than cooking just for one.
Reasons Against Having a Roommate
You Want More Privacy
You may be the type of person that prefers living alone. There’s nothing wrong with that but having a roommate means you’re going to need to share things whether you like it or not. Even though you don’t have to ask permission with your roommate, you still need to inform them of things like overnight guests or when you’re staying out. You would be doing that if you were living on your own.
You Don’t Want Drama
You may spend a lot of time screening for potential roommates but that doesn’t mean you can always screen out the drama. Along with the roommate comes all of their “baggage.” That includes romantic relationships and family squabbles. It’s easy to see how you might be pulled into those situations.
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