Deciding to rent with a roommate can include some great perks, especially if your roommate loves to clean, cook, or save money. All of these perks can quickly become inadequate with one bad roommate experience. Following a few simple steps can ensure the relationship with your roommate and your rental unit operate smoothly:
Compile Checklist of What You’re Looking For
Before signing on a rental unit with a roommate, it may be beneficial to compile a list of what each roommate wants or expects in a rental unit. Creating an itemized list sorted by price, location, apartment size, transportation or parking needs, and amenities will help you and your roommate(s) identify shared priorities in the apartment search. Once you’ve figured out what each roommate would prioritize when finding an apartment, begin the process of matching possible rentals to your interests.
Find your strengths as a roommate
Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Do you love to clean and organize in your free time? After deciding on a rental unit, it will finally be time to move in. In order to avoid a roommate fallout, it may be best to identify what strengths you bring forth in the relationship with your roommate and the apartment. For those who love to cook, try cooking for your roommates on occasion as well. It may even provide the social engagement with your rental-mate that may otherwise be lacking after a busy move.
If cleaning is your thing, try taking initiative to stay on top of routine chores in not only your room, but also in shared living quarters. Not only will this keep your apartment cleaner in general, it may help to eliminate any tension built-up after spending additional time with a new roommate.
Renting with renters insurance
No matter where you may be renting, remember to think about protecting yourself and your personal belongings with a good renters insurance policy. With typical cost comparable to a monthly streaming subscription, renters insurance could be a great option for those looking for protections when renting.
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