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© 2006 Consumer Jungle Roommates
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Advantages of a Roommate Save money Can meet new people Shared responsibility Safety More (affordable) space
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Disadvantages of a Roommate Limited privacy Potential conflicts Financial risk for their portion of the rent Difficult to get rid of a “problem” roommate
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Minimum Roommate Expectations Neatness Common courtesy Pay rent on time Safe living habits –No drugs –Hanging out with a safe crowd –Keeps doors locked –Doesn’t loan/copy keys
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Rooming with Friends Pros –Know the person –Trust the person Cons –Get on each other’s nerves –Roommate conflicts could damage friendship
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Finding a Roommate Safely Sources (to place or answer an ad) –Classifieds –www.craigslist.comwww.craigslist.com Process –Accept or make calls during set times –Interview candidates in person Include a friend or family on the interview –Safety –Objective opinion –Trust you instincts
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Sources for Finding a Roommate Friends of friends Relatives & Coworkers Scan bulletin boards of reputable spots like: –University –Coffee House –Church –Bookstore Venue may indicate similar interests
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Basics Know the cost of utilities Building quirks –Eccentric or noisy neighbors –Challenging landlord –Excessive heat or cold
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Lease Agreements Co-sign the lease Arrange to split: –Utilities, cleaning, cable bills, and the security deposit.
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Sharing with a Roommate Who will bring what for common areas? What is for common use vs. individual use? –Computer –Shared home phone or individual cell phones? –Food
© 2006 Consumer Jungle Dividing Household Responsibilities Who will clean what? –Setup a chore list and divide evenly. How often? –Weekly –Bi-monthly Individual responsibilities –Dishes –Laundry
YOUR FIRST QUESTIONS How much rent can you afford? Do you need a roommate? Where do you want to live? What are your housing needs?
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