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Tips for Finding a Great Homestead Roommate

Two Homestead Tenants Looking for a Roommate OnlineYou may be wondering how difficult it will be to locate the ideal roommate to share your Homestead rental home with. After all, a roommate can make your home life better or, in some situations, significantly worse. However, there are some things you can do to assist you in finding a roommate with whom you will get along. Following these guidelines will help you locate someone with the habits, values, and personality traits that will make them the greatest potential roommate for you.

Start early. Giving yourself ample time is the most critical component of choosing a suitable roommate. If you’re in a rush, you’re more likely to make poor choices that will negatively affect your quality of life. If at all practical, begin looking for a roommate well before you need to move in.

Ask your friends. While living with a buddy may not be the best option, you should check around and ask people you know if they know anyone looking for a roommate. Someone you’ve been recommended by a friend, coworker, or family member could be a roommate with whom you’ll get along smoothly because you both know and enjoy the same people.

Use social media. Make the most of social media to spread the word about your search for a roommate. You can quickly create articles that describe your circumstance and the type of person you seek. Social media can also help you reach out to people outside of your immediate neighborhood. You might meet your new roommate when they relocate to your town from another city.

Do multiple interviews. After you’ve received a few applications, make sure to interview your top candidates multiple times. Prepare a list of questions to ask them, and then follow up with the ones you like most after your first round of interviews. Make certain to inquire about their employment situation and earnings. It may be uncomfortable, but you must be aware of these facts. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of who each applicant is and how well they fulfill your requirements.

Know your deal-breakers. It’s also crucial to know exactly what you won’t put up with in a roommate. These are the “deal-breakers” that would make living with this individual intolerable. While everyone’s deal-breakers are different, recognizing yours will help you weed out those who aren’t a good fit (and communicate them to your potential roommate). No one wants to lose their security deposit due to a bad roommate.

Ask for references. It’s always a good idea to get many references from your potential roommate — and then contact them. If the applicant is unable to provide any names or if all of their references are family members, these are red flags to be aware of. Ask questions that will help you grasp who the applicant is and how they conduct themselves at home as you chat with each reference. When applying for a rental through RPM Genesis, they’ll be asked to provide landlord references to check for previous tenant conduct. This is part of our screening process.

Be upfront about costs and expectations. It’s essential to be honest about your expectations and arrangements when interviewing possible roommates. This covers the amount of rent the roommate is responsible for, how and when payments are due, whether utilities are included in the rent, how much they cost, and so on.

Put everything in writing. Finally, any roommate agreement must be written down. A written, signed contract will serve as a useful reference for both of you, as well as in the event that any future problems develop. Make your written agreement as explicit and detailed as possible to your particular arrangement. All interested roommates should apply via our website in the case of a landlord-tenant relationship. Otherwise, this might be a case of an unauthorized tenant, which could lead to your leases being terminated.

Are you in the market for a new rental home? Real Property Management Genesis has an inventory of great listings that update regularly. Contact us or browse available properties online.

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