Having a roommate has its perks. Nobody likes bills or chores, but when you have a roommate you can split them both! However, in order for things to run smoothly, you should sit down and establish expectations with your potential roomie before signing a lease. Discuss the following questions to establish whether or not you are compatible living partners.
What is your age?
Being in different stages of life of life may not be ideal.
How often do you go out?
Will you be comfortable if your roommate comes home in the wee hours of the morning and makes a lot of ruckus while you are trying to sleep? Will they be respectful of your schedule? On the flip side, will your roommate be a homebody and never leave the house?
Do you have pets?
Nothing can cause waves in a relationship like pet drama. Is your roommate’s pet a handful, and will she ask you to walk and feed her pet on a regular basis?
What is your cleanliness level?
Everyone has their preferences on how often they clean. If one roommate is extreme one way or the other, arguments about chores may occur.
What is your relationship status?
Make sure to ask this question and discuss the rules about significant others coming over and how often. Will you be ok with overnight guests?
How often do you like to hang out with your roommate?
Some people want to have roommates for companionship and others have too busy of schedules to bond with their roommate.
Do you have a steady job?
You want to know that your roommate can be dependable and share their half of the expenses.
What are your thoughts on house parties?
Some roommates are okay hosting guests on a regular basis and others prefer to keep the party away from home.
Do you cook often?
If it is beneficial to both parties, and you have a similar schedule, it may be a good idea to plan some meals together to save time and money.
The list above is not inclusive. You will still have to discuss your philosophy on sharing condiments and who gets the parking space. The important thing is to know what you can tolerate, and discuss where you draw the line. If you can both agree to respect each other, chances are you’ll have a successful roommate relationship.