By ELIZABETH GREEN
Finding a roommate can be one of the hardest decisions to make. It can be very difficult to choose between wanting to live with someone who could be your perfect twin or someone who won’t kill you in the dead of night. Can a happy median be found?
Before settling down with someone who may someday share your living space, food, and personal information, the first step is to question your motive. You must first ask yourself; why are you looking for a roommate? Is it to live cheaply with the benefit of another source of income? Is it to have a best friend that can be trusted with anything? Is it for protection in a strange town far from home? With an answer in mind, you are now able to successfully research and delve deeper into the prospect of finding the perfect roommate.
When researching prospective roommates, you should ultimately think about your own habits and what effects living with someone would have on you. Do you enjoy animals? Do you like eating healthy? Is vacuuming every other day a priority for you? Whatever the answers are, the roommate found should not have attributes so far away from your own that it becomes uncomfortable to live. Roommate situations should make living easier not harder. Think about what is best for you as an individual and then start looking.
Roommates are usually best found through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, through trusted craigslist ads or by word of mouth. First, try and find someone you know who is moving or currently looking for a place around where you are looking or moving to. Get in contact with them and see if you can set up a meeting to talk about possibly becoming roommates. This goes the same for strangers on the Internet, except it is better to have more of a plan going forward when you meet with strangers. Lines can be crossed very quickly if you don’t.
Once you have spoken with some interesting candidates, make a list of pros and cons for each of them. Do not get personal or emotional while making this list. Be very fact based and mindful about it. Contemplate seriously having to live for a year or two years with the same person. Use this thought to narrow down the choices. For example, narrow the list down to two perspective roommates. Have one last meeting with each of them. Ask them about money and job situations or other situations. This may seem personal, but it is actually very important in discovering if a person is trustworthy and/or a good candidate for a roommate. In the end, review both contenders with either a friend or family member who you trust very much.
When all is said and done, finding the perfect person to live with is ultimately up to you. It is a feeling and vibe that you get about a person. If you feel uneasy about anything, trust your instincts and know that you may have to take another route. Safety and comfort are key in finding the perfect roommate.
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