We’ve all seen the movies and read the stories about the roommate from hell…but this shouldn’t scare you out of having roommates! Having roommates not only lowers your rent, but also helps you lessen your chores, plus, it can end up being a fun experience!
Now that you know why you should have a roommate, the next step is finding the perfect roommate. This may not be the easiest task, because you want to make sure you’re making the right decision about who to live with, but it’s also not the most difficult. The main thing you should you look for is someone who has the same kind of lifestyle as you. For instance, if you’re someone who works a lot and you go to bed early to wake up early, you’re not going to want a roommate who is constantly looking to party and have people over. If you’re a grad student, you’re going to have a lot of studying and work to do and you’re not going to want to live with an undergrad who isn’t on the same page as you. This is why you have to be very clear on what kind of lifestyle you have and what kind of hours you keep.
Rooming with friends is also a great thing to consider, though you should think deep before making the decision. Personally, I’ve had amazing experiences living with friends and cannot imagine having other roommates. However, I know people who’ve lived with their friends and it ended up tearing them apart. Only room with the friends who you know you can spend a lot of time around, and who you’re comfortable confronting if there are any issues.
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As someone who’s renting their home, you’re not responsible for the property maintenance that a homeowner is. Though it depends on your specific lease agreement, your landlord typically handles most of the maintenance issues. This, however, doesn’t relieve you of all maintenance duties, it makes you responsible for the day-to-day issues that may come about. Based on what we at Tenants.com have determined as simple things that have a big impact on the function and appearance of a home, we’ve created a list of the top 5 small (and regular) problems and their fixes, that take 5 minutes or less to do!
- Wall and baseboard scuffs - It’s really easy to let your walls and baseboards get scuffed from the regular wear and tear, but it’s also really easy to keep them looking new. Make it a point to wipe scuffs off (Magic Erasers are awesome for this) as soon as you see them so that you can avoid your walls turning grey and looking old.
- Weeds - Normally, in a home that requires regular landscaping, it’ll be the landlords responsibility to maintain it. As much as it’d be convenient for you, your landlord can’t be coming by everyday to pluck weeds. If you see a couple of weeds here and there, get rid of them. Weeds never enhance the appearance of any home.
- Carpet stains. - Pretty much following the same idea of landscaping, if you have carpeting your landlord will normally get it cleaned for you at a point or another. But if you see any small spots come up, or have any spills, put some stain remover on for a few minutes and wipe it off, and they should be all gone.
- Appliances. - Wipe down your appliances regularly! Cleaning your large appliances on a normal basis is great for a couple of reasons: you clean vents and other parts that can be affected by residue, and you keep your appliances from aging as quickly.
- Check your air filter. - This is soooo easy. If you think it’s time to change it, take a look and call your landlord to replace it for you. Definitely very doable.
As someone looking for a new place to live, you probably have some standards and requirements that you look for in a home. These may be things like being pet friendly, or having a pool, or being in a particular area, etc.; while you may feel like you can overlook these things if you like a property enough for other reasons, it may not be in your best interest.
It’s extremely important to have some kind of deal breaker(s) that determine whether or not a property is right for you. Now, we’re not telling you to be picky or demanding! Having a deal breaker factor that’s something extremely important to you (maybe being x miles from your job) helps guarantee your satisfaction in your new home, because you’re not settling for whatever you find, you’re making it a point to find what you want. For example, you may have decided that you’re only living within a five mile radius of your office, because you hate driving…but, you found the most beautiful home ever, and for a great price. Only drawback? it’s ten miles away from your job. You may think that you can overlook the distance and just get used to the drive, but you most likely won’t. If there’s something you’re set, you shouldn’t compromise it for something that’s not as important to you.
Having a deal breaker in mind when you’re looking for a place to live also helps narrow down your search. In this aspect, searching for the perfect home is like searching for the perfect car; you have the specific features in mind that you want, and focus your search strictly on what meets these criteria. Keeping a fixed thing in mind that you won’t compromise no matter what will save you the time of looking at those properties that you know don’t match up.