How to Find a Trustworthy Roommate

A roommate is so much more than someone to split the bills with. If you’re lucky, they’ll be your Netflix binge-watching buddy, regular dinner companion and hopefully your friend!

But even if you don’t turn out to be the best of pals, living with another person means spending a lot of time together — that’s why it’s so important to choose wisely. So here are some guidelines to help you save money on your rent and find someone that matches well with your current living situation.

How to Search Online for Roommates

Getting paired with a great roommate doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes, all you have to do is put the word out that you’ve got a room for rent. A few moments later, you may be surprised to find you’re all set with a dependable contact who just happens to be looking for a place too. Other times, you may not be as lucky. Take a look at these ideas to promote your cause online and find a roommate you can trust.

Use Social Media to Find a Roommate

Your social networks are just that — networks. So make a post to tell your friends and family what city you’re moving to, when you’re moving and how many roommates you’re looking for. Odds are your friends on social media know someone who’s in the same situation and would make a great new roomie.

Use a Roommate-finding App

If you can’t find a roommate within your circle of friends, search for a roommate with a downloadable app. Roommate finders like CirTru and EasyRoommate can help you find someone dependable. Others, like Diggz and Circle of Roommates explore your friends on social media for leads and even leverage AI to prevent scammers from joining and marketing to you.

Best of all, most apps and websites allow you to get to know your prospective roommates anonymously.  Check out groups like Roomiematch to find someone based on your personality. And others, like Spareroom, to set up a physical meet and greet where you can learn about potential roommates in person. If you don’t have the time or inkling to get face to face, Roomster will help you find someone with a login from Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account.

How to Interview Prospective Roommates

It’s key to get a feel for your new roommate before you let them sign a lease. Schedule a sit down, or invite them in for a day trial. You’ll have a chance to learn about them and they’ll get the same opportunity to see if you’re a good fit as well. Take a look at these tips to make the most or your interview process.

Meet for coffee, but ask for a resume. Before you commit to living with someone, take the time to meet for coffee and talk about the basics to make sure you’re compatible enough to share a home. By exploring their work history, you can get a feel for their ability to pay the bills on time, every time.

Learn about their education and job history. They’re committing to paying a portion of your rent— but make sure they can. Do they have a steady income? Do they plan to work from home? Are they able to pay for rent out of savings if they lose their job?

Discuss your creature comforts. Do they like to share food or keep things separate? How clean are they? Do they have any pets? Are they an early bird or a night owl?

Go Over the Leave Together

Take a look at your lease and review how roommates are handled. And be clear on what will be required of all parties.

Why Your Roommates Need Renters Insurance

Whether it’s you, or it’s the new roomie who left an iron face down that started a small fire in the bedroom, someone will have to pay for that smoke damage. By requiring each roommate to have their own renter’s policy, instead of sharing renters insurance policies, you’ll be able to better protect your finances and personal property if the unexpected happens and someone files a claim.

Remember to talk to your American Family agent about your renters insurance coverage options — they’ll help you get a customized policy that covers all the things that matter most to you. Moving in with a new person can be nerve-wracking, but with these tips you’re sure to find the perfect fit in no time. Happy searching!

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