Picking a roommate to live with can be a difficult and daunting task. Many friends and family will tell you horror stories about roommate experiences. Although, asking the right questions when speaking to a potential roommate can decrease the chances of having a bad roommate experience.
Here are our top 5 questions to ask when finding a roommate:
- Do you Smoke?
- Asking someone if they smoke is one of the most important questions when looking to share a house or apartment together.
- Smoke travels through homes extremely fast and the smell of smoke can adhere to clothing, furniture and more.
- What time do you usually go to bed and wake up?
- Are you an early riser who likes to go to sleep early? Imagine having a roommate who is a night owl and likes to sleep in.
- If you and your roommate are not on similar sleeping schedules, you could consistently be woken up.
- Do you like your room warmer or cooler?
- Although the difference between 68 degrees and 73 degrees may not seem like a lot, it can drastically affect the temperature in your place.
- Discussing this question before entering an agreement with a roommate can prevent disagreements about the consistent temperature in your room.
- What is your typical weekend like?
- You can find out a lot about a person with this question.
- Some of their answers may be that they work on the weekends, they spend time with their girlfriend or boyfriend, or they party all weekend.
- This can help you identify if they will be spending lots of time in your house or apartment on weekend or if they will be out and about.
- How do you think we should handle buying shared supplies?
- Splitting purchasing duties for items such as toilet paper, towels, and condiments is important to discuss before moving in together.
- You don’t want to be the only person purchasing supplies that you and your roommate will be sharing this can becomes very expensive.