If you're on the hunt for an apartment and are considering adding roommates into the mix, there's a few questions it's important to ask yourself and any potential roommates you consider. Below are three such questions and how the answers to these questions can affect you.
1. Can You Afford the Rent and Utilities On Your Own?
It's very likely that you've chosen to rent with a roommate so as to save money each month, but it's always a good idea to only rent apartments which you can afford to pay for by yourself.
It's easy to assume that the more roommates there are, the more expensive the apartment you can afford. However, what if one roommate proves to be iffy when it comes to making their rent payment on time? Or, what if your roommate becomes ill or incapacitated and can no longer afford to pay their share of bills? Prior to moving into an apartment with a roommate, it's important to ensure that you can afford all of the bills on your own, either with your current income or with the help of your savings account.
2. How Will the Bills be Split?
When there's two or three people looking to rent an apartment together, the split may seem obvious, right? Well, what if two of those three people are a couple? And does the roommate with the master suite pay more? These are questions that must be answered before entering into a lease.
Consider the costs of three people renting an apartment where two of the three are a couple. The couple shares a bedroom, so maybe you'd be okay splitting rent down the middle. After all, you get one room, they get one room, and you all equally share the rest of the apartment space. But, what about utilities? Obviously, two people use more electricity and hot water than one person. So, will you be splitting those down the middle as well, or is the couple willing to split the utilities into thirds so they pay two-thirds and you only pay one-third? When looking to rent with roommates, it's never a good idea to make assumptions about how things will be done. Instead, it's vital to sit down and work it out together.
3. Are Your Social Lives Similar?
One thing that many roommates fail to consider is how their social life will affect the lives of others living in the same apartment. Before you begin apartment hunting, it's a good idea to discuss things such as work hours and friends crashing on the communal couch.
For some roommates, having one on the night shift and one on the day shift wouldn't be such a big deal. But, what if your day-shift roommate gets home from work and likes to have friends over who don't respect your sleeping times? While this may not seem like a big deal at first, if your social lives are complete opposites, it may be time to reconsider whether living together will be the best situation for all involved.
If you've considered all of the questions above and are ready to move on with the apartment hunt, contact a company like Meadowdale Apartments and get started today.Share