Do you want a roommate? That is a real question that should be pondered with intent. It doesn’t hurt to do some self-reflection and make sure you actually want a roommate before beginning your search. Some people prefer to live alone if it’s financially feasible.
However, if living with someone sounds fun (it can be!), required (at some colleges), or essential to your financial survival, consider the following before you commit.
Various topics could be covered as part of a roommate agreement. Some of the basics include the exact amount or percent of rent and utilities to be paid by each party, sharing of the cleaning duties, and how to handle disputes. You can draft your own agreement or use a template to get you started. Try nolo.com or wonderlegal for ideas on what to include.
Finding, selecting, and committing to a roommate should be a well-considered event. This relationship may last a year or more and will directly affect your quality of life at home. Remember that you can always decline the opportunity to live with someone if things don’t feel right. Better to have the awkward conversation now than regret signing into a lease for the next several months. If you are genuine in your search and apply the golden rule, sharing your living space can be financially and socially rewarding for both parties.
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