Living with a roommate is all about compromise. Two individual adults rarely have the same schedules and habits, so it’s important to ask a few pertinent questions up front, even if you think you found the perfect match. You might be in for a few rude surprises without making sure your new roommate is willing to live by the same standards as you. Here’s a few important things to clarify before deciding on a cohabitant.
Is There A Career Clash?
Two potential roommates could like the same TV shows, sports teams, and political candidates and still not get along if their careers are at opposite ends of the spectrum. For example, one roommate could work a 9 to 5 desk job while another tends bar at an upscale establishment. If you need to leave for work at 8am, having a roommate get home from work at 3am is less than ideal. And at the same time, someone who works nights might not tolerate a roommate who’s up at 7am.
Are The Bills Manageable?
Many apartments don’t charge tenants for heat, water, or trash removal. Other might include water and cooking gas, but not heat. Make sure you know what you’re paying for and have a ballpark estimate of costs. Ask your new roommate about utility expenses to get an idea about the actual total cost of living in the apartment. You’ll want to know upfront if your roommate takes 45 minute showers and leaves lights and TVs on all night.
Do Friends And Family Pop In?
Jerry Seinfeld was notoriously wary of the Pop In and you should be too. How often does your roommate have friends over? And how often are family members visiting? Privacy is a big concern whenever you’re living with someone else and you’ll want to find out early how often visitors will show up.