How to choose housemates you’ll actually love living with
With Australian housing prices at an all time high, sharehousing is becoming the most popular way to live a parent-free, if slightly messier life. But how do you make sure you choose housemates that won’t ruin your experience?
Here are our top 5 tips for choosing like-minded roommates.
1. Be honest about what you’re looking for
Some housemates might be looking for a new best friend; others, for someone to pay the rent and keep to themselves. If you’re a social butterfly, odds are you won’t want to share a house with the indoor cat who never leaves their room; likewise, you might not want to live with someone who parties 24/7 when all you want is quiet. Be honest about what kind of household you want; it will make it much easier to find someone who is just like you!
2. Find a shared housekeeping style
Everyone has different ideas of “clean”. If you’re a clean freak, you probably won’t want to share with the person whose floor you can barely see. Try to establish what kind of cleaner they are and develop a housecleaning schedule early on to avoid any awkward annoyances down the road.
3. Make sure they can pay for expenses
Make sure that your potential housemates have means to live on their own and won’t leave you in the dirt. Generally, employed housemates are more reliable than unemployed housemates, but having an honest conversation about financials will give you peace of mind.
4. Schedule a meeting and ask questions
Before you agree to live with someone, make sure you meet them and ask them about themselves. It’s not about judging, it’s about getting to know someone BEFORE you have to share a space with them. Nobody will be a perfect match, but it’s important to determine if they have habits that you just can’t live with.
5. Do a background check
*puts on detective hat*
As much as we hate to admit it, people may not be forthcoming in their initial meetings for sharehouses. Make sure they have solid references and ask those references about the potential housemate; what are they REALLY like to live with? You may have to do some sleuthing, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The perfect housemate doesn’t exist, but consideration and planning can help you choose like-minded housemates that you’ll love to live with.
Sharehousing is an awesome experience, no matter who you share it with!
Let us know your housemate stories, good and bad!