In today’s economy, many have begun to look to save money by securing a roommate with whom they can split or share the costs of living.
There have been many traditional ways to find a housemate for many years, but with the invention and mainstream popularity of social media platforms, they serve as a great resource for anyone who is looking for either a roommate, or for more information on potential roommates.
Find a Roommate
If you’re looking for a roommate, classifieds have always been a tried and tested way for strangers to find one another to share living quarters, but other methods are becoming more popular as well. One way to advertise your need for a roommate is to create a short ad which you can run often on your city’s hash tag on Twitter. Learning to read, follow and use hash tags is a great way to stay informed on local information, including other people who are searching for similar things that you are. If you’re on Facebook, you can join local housing groups, or post ads to the walls of your city’s home page. Posting a status update asking friends and relatives for leads is also a great way to find people who may have similar friends or interests.
Research A Roommate
Once you’ve lined up one or a few potential roommates, you’ll want to get to know more about them, and often Social Media platforms are a great place to start. Request that your potential roommates give you’re their social media names and let them know you’ll be checking them for a better idea of their personality and your fit as housemates. Cross check any information you’ve been given regarding school, employment and extra-curricular activities. This will give you a much better idea of the type of person the applicant is and how well you are suited to one another.
Before the Big Move
After deciding on the most suitable applicant, you will want to arrange a sit-down conversation to discuss the bills, the split of household items, the arrangement around food and other incidental issues that may cause animosity. Draft a list of all the household bills that will be split and what percentage your new roommate is expected to pay. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of monthly rental insurance if they want their items included in your plan, and if not, insist that they purchase their own insurance coverage. Don’t live in the same town? You can use Facebook or other social media sites to connect and make plans!
This guest post is from Allison with RentersInsurance.com, where you can find more information to help you purchase renters insurance.