What to Consider When Choosing a Roommate

Tips from the Expert Movers at Gasperson Moving & Storage

If you plan to share a living space with someone, there are several key things to consider. Especially when rooming with someone you don’t know or barely know, there are ways to avoid a disaster. Once you’re ready to settle in, you then need to hire a reputable mover to make the transition easier.

 

Good Vibes

Whether you choose a friend or a complete stranger, sit down to better understand each other’s views. Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in the apartment together, you want someone you can get along with.

 

Planning

If you decide to hire a professional mover, discuss the expense. There’s an excellent chance you can share the cost while having experts handle the hardest parts of the job.

 

Habits

A person’s habits, good and bad, can quickly rub someone the wrong way. For example, if you need to study for school at night but your roommate loves watching television with the volume turned up, you’re headed for trouble. While uncomfortable, be brutally honest about habits to determine if you’re a good fit.

 

Red Flags

If you detect something you don’t like while interviewing people to room with you, pay attention. Things like going to bars a lot, repeatedly talking about a jealous ex, or excessively discussing personal matters should all make you feel wary.

 

Cleanliness

If there’s one thing that will cause a problem among roommates, it’s how each other keeps the apartment clean. If you like things nice and tidy, make sure you choose a roommate who feels the same way. Otherwise, you’ll be contacting a mover quicker than you expected.

 

Finances

Besides your individual expenses, you need to figure out who pays for food, as well as estimate utility bills, cleaning supplies, and other shared incidentals.

 

Decorating

Even the way you decorate the home matters. While it’s possible to mix different styles, try to find a roommate willing to compromise.

 

Background Check

Every reputable mover agrees that the most important thing you do when selecting a roommate is to run a background check. One usually costs only $35 and is well worth every dime. The last thing you want is to discover your new housemate has a felony warrant for his or her arrest.

When hiring a mover, you can count on us at Gasperson Moving & Storage. Contact us today for a free quote.

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