How to Pick a Roommate
When it comes to picking a roommate, it becomes much harder than selecting a spouse or a pet. It’s like you’re making a giant leap into great unknown that is why Real Property Management Enterprises has come up with some information and thoughts on how to pick a roommate.
Here is a list of questions to ask when you’re screening a potential roommate.
1/ Do you smoke?
2/ Do you have pets?
If you hate cats or dogs, this question is critical. Even if you don’t mind having pets around, make sure your landlord allows pets in the building.
3/ What’s your work schedule?
It’s important to have a roommate whose work schedule is compatible to yours. This is useful when you have to share basic amenities like bathroom because each of you will want ample time to get ready in the morning.
4/ Are you a morning person or a night person?
If you’re a night owl you will not live happily with an early bird. Having opposite sleep schedules can often cause clashes between you and your roommate.
5/ Do you work from home?
This question is especially important if you work from home. Obviously, you don’t want a roommate who could prove distracting. Do not accept a roommate who is a chatter box if you work from home.
6/ Have you ever had issues with rent payments?
Look into the potential roommate’s rental history before approving them. Remember, if your roommate can’t pay his/her portion of the rent, you may have to pay his share. If the candidate had had trouble paying rent before, he/she may not be the right person.
7/ How often do you clean?
Instead of asking a person- are you a clean person, go with this approach to determine their level of cleanliness. Make sure you find a matching person in terms of cleanliness and neatness.
8/ Criminal History
It is imperative this day and age to ask questions, where are they from? Do they have a criminal history and if so, what it is?