It’s summer, that means people are moving away for the first time. Which means people are getting new roommates. How do you know you’re getting a good one? We’ve got you, there are a couple things to look for to make sure you’re getting the best roommate you can get!
For starters, look at their mannerisms, see if they put the toilet seat down. Ask if they’ve had a maid growing up. That’s a tell tale sign of trouble.
How long have they done their own laundry?
Someone who’s been handling their dirty clothes for some time is generally more on top of it. That’s just how it goes.
How old are they?
Face it, an 18 year old is going to be loud. They have never been away from their parents. Use caution.
Are they in a relationship and is it long distance or not?
This is tricky, usually annoying any way you spin it. If they are far from their partner that will be lengthy FaceTime or phone calls. Not too bad, but they will be a shut in. Again, depends on what you’re looking for. On the other hand, if the partner is nearby, get used to them living there… fighting there… and humping there. They will stay in all day long. Not knocking a relationship, that’s just how it goes more often than not.
This one might be hard to pick up on if you’re just meeting them. How mellow is their personality? Someone who goes with the flow is someone you want to live with.
Paying the bills
They can be the nicest person on the planet, but if they can’t scrap together rent and utilities in a timely manner it’s going to get old, really quick. Finding someone with a stable source of income, and or mommy and daddy is vital to keeping the peace in the rental.
Personally, I’ve lived with the best and the worst kind of roommates. One roommate went gay mid lease, talk about an awkward way to walk into your condo…. Another one beat his girlfriend. It’s all just shoot and prey. And even the BFFFFFF’s can become FFFFF’ that guy real fast. Living together, even with your best friend is entirely different that just going to the bars with them.
Unfortunately, there’s only so much you’ll find out by kicking the tires. And even if you’ve known them a long time, they might not work with you. The only real way is to try it out for a bit. Maybe keep a month to month lease if you have that kind of power.