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Tips for Finding the Right Roommates

If you can’t quite afford an apartment by yourself, moving in with one or more roommates can be a good way to make ends meet. Although it might seem ideal to move in with your best friends, good friends do not necessarily make good renters. Instead, look for responsible, financially stable roommates who will be pleasant to live with. And choose an apartment listed by a property management company, since these companies will conduct thorough background checks on your prospective roommates.

Ask Around for Suggestions

Getting started with a search for a roommate can be tricky because online ads present safety concerns. Instead of looking online, ask your coworkers, family members, and friends if they know anyone who might be looking for a roommate. It’s generally a good sign if someone you know can personally vouch for a prospective roommate.

Spend Plenty of Time Together

Meet the potential roommate for coffee to become acquainted with each other. Sometimes, it’s immediately apparent when an arrangement just won’t work out; perhaps your lifestyles and personalities are too different. Even if the individual seems pleasant to be around, ask plenty of questions over the course of multiple interviews. Ask about the other person’s preferences and history with regard to the following:

  • Job history
  • Past residencies and roommates
  • Reason for moving
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Living habits (i.e., cleanliness)

Visit the Current Residence

After meeting each other a few times, visit the individual’s current residence if possible. By taking a quick look around, you can assess whether that person’s typical lifestyle and habits could coexist with yours.

Put Everything in Writing

Even if you think you’ve found the perfect roommate, rental property management companies would strongly recommend that you put every agreement in writing. Have a frank discussion about the way you’ll split the rent, utilities, cable bill, and other costs. Specify expectations for cleanliness, noise level, and visitors. Putting everything into writing can prevent future conflicts.

MRS Property Management in Beverly, MA, connects responsible tenants with exceptional rental properties in ideal locations. And with our professional property management services, you can rest assured that your building will be well-maintained and repairs will be made promptly. Call a property manager today at (978) 927-3690 or visit us online to view our rentals.

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