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7 Questions to Ask a Future Roommate

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Questions to Ask a Potential Roommate

The number of adults living with roommates (who aren't friends or partners) has been rising for decades. It's no longer strange to live with a roommate well into adulthood. Roommates make renting an apartment easier and cheaper!

Are you getting ready to find a roommate for your apartment? It's not as easy as it seems. You want to make sure that you find the perfect match because you'll be spending a lot of time together.

We're here with a list of questions to ask a future roommate to see if they'll be a good fit. Read on to learn more.

1. Can You Afford Rent?

This is the most important question that you can ask a potential roommate. After all, you don't really want to live with a stranger, right? You just need to find someone who can help you pay rent.

Ask your potential roommate how they make money. They don't have to go into specifics, but it's helpful to know if they work full-time, they're living off of an inheritance, they get a stipend from school, or any other way that they make their money.

Make sure that they have consistent income every month so they don't leave you high and dry.

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7 Questions to Ask a Future Roommate

2. How Do You Feel About Pets?

This is an important question for any renter to ask potential roommates, regardless of their personal stance on pets, and you can go about it in several ways.

First, ask if the potential roommate has pets. If you're someone who isn't okay with pets in the home, or if you already have pets and the other person's pets would put you over the limit, then you'll be able to move on to the next potential roommate.

If they don't have pets, ask how they feel about them. If you have a pet, this is a good time to let them know. After all, your pet will be their pet too, while you're living together, so you want to make sure that they're okay with pets.

If neither of you has pets, this is still an important question just in case one of you decides to get a pet in the future. 

3. Do You Work From Home?

In 2022, more and more businesses are allowing employees to work from home. This comes with plenty of benefits, but it could also cause some tension between roommates. 

If you already work from home, it could pose a problem. Having both roommates working at home, especially if they need to talk on the phone or otherwise make noise while working, can be distressing.

Even if you have a home office or both people work in their rooms, the apartment might feel a bit "tight."

If everything else about this potential roommate is fantastic, you can figure out ways to make your working arrangements work together, but it's definitely good to keep this question in mind. 

4. Do You Like to Host Gatherings?

Regardless of whether or not you're a party animal, this is an important question to ask. You need to know that you and your potential roommate are on the same page about gatherings (large or small).

Now, it's reasonable to expect that your future roommate will, at some point, want to have friends or a partner over. They may have the occasional overnight guest(s). This is normal!

Parties or medium-sized gatherings, however, are a different story. They'll impact both people living in the apartment.

If you love to host gatherings that last well into the night, you need to warn your potential roommate about that before they commit to living with you. They should extend the same courtesy. 

In a perfect world, both of you will have the same views on gatherings, and you can host (or not host) together.

5. What Is Your Schedule Like?

When you live alone, the only schedule that you have to consider is your own. When you live with another person, you need to work around each other so you don't get in each other's way. Make sure that your schedule and your potential roommate's schedule can work together.

What time do they tend to get up in the morning and how long does their morning routine take? It would be convenient if you both had to be out the door by 8 am and you both took a long time in the bathroom in the morning.

Do they stay out late or do they always want to be in bed by 9 pm?

What time do they tend to eat dinner? Even if you don't plan on eating together, you want to know that you'll both have ample time and space in the kitchen if you're both home cooks. 

You don't need a complete play-by-play of the other person's schedule. You just want to get an idea of whether or not you can cohabitate in peace. 

6. Are You a Tidy Person?

Let's face it: many of us aren't completely tidy when we live alone. There's nothing wrong with being a bit messy, but you need to know that your future roommate can keep at least the common areas clean.

Ask if they'd be willing to commit to a chore chart. You can split chores equally for common areas so you can both enjoy a clean space. 

7. Do You Want a Friend or Just a Roommate? 

Living with friends isn't always the best idea, but turning your roommate into your friend can be fantastic. 

Not everyone wants to be friends with their roommates. Some people want to share space and nothing more. They may not even want to speak to their roommates if they don't have to.

Others are looking for a closer bond. 

Evaluate where you stand on that spectrum and make sure that your potential roommate is on the same page.

Keep These Questions to Ask a Future Roommate in Mind

Next time you're on the hunt for new potential roommates, keep these questions to ask a future roommate in the back of your mind. Asking the right questions can be the difference between calm cohabitation and a serious roommate disaster!

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