It’s important to be informed while searching for a place with a roommate for a Framingham rental home There are enough horror stories to make anyone think twice about sharing their home with a stranger, even if truly terrible roommates are thankfully rare. The converse is also true: roommates can become some of your closest friends. Even while there are no guarantees, there are several warning signs you can look for to help you figure out who the potential roommate a person might be. You can spot a poor roommate by keeping an eye out for the following signs.
Poorly Written Advertisement
A poorly written or incomplete advertisement may indicate that the person who placed it is hiding something or is loath to put forth much effort in even the smallest of tasks, even though not everyone has advertising skills. In either scenario, a rental ad that is misspelled or lacking key details about the situation could be a sign of trouble to come.
Vague or Inconsistent Answers
When you ask questions about your roommate or the terms of your lease, that’s another warning sign to look out for. Asking why someone is moving in with you or leaving their prior roommate (if there was one) and why they need a new place to live is vital. If their answers to these inquiries are evasive or they appear unwilling to discuss the matter, it is possible that they were at fault.
Overly Messy House
If you are responding to a roommate ad, make sure to look into the living situation before making any commitments. During your visit, make sure the surroundings are clean—not just the surfaces. Keep a lookout for evidence that items are not being cleaned regularly, such as ceiling fans that are covered in dust or a sink filled with dirty dishes. If the rented home is unclean, it is sufficient reason to leave.
Lack of Job or References
In addition to asking the potential roommate about themselves, inquire about their employment and request at least three references. Both the absence of a job or the refusal to furnish references are warning signs that something is off. The easiest approach to prevent being stuck with a roommate who won’t be able to pay their share of the rent each month is to ask questions, even if it may feel unpleasant.
You should also think about the presence and frequency of any significant others living with your potential roommate. A roommate’s significant other can spend so much time in the flat that they essentially pay no rent. You may be hesitant to agree to this arrangement, particularly if they are noisy or annoying.
Listen to Your Intuition
When you meet someone, even though they might seem like the perfect roommate on paper, something just feels off. Even if you can’t immediately see what’s wrong, that uneasy sensation can just be your intuition warning you that something is amiss. If you do not feel comfortable, it is best to trust your instincts and seek elsewhere.
Finding the appropriate roommate can improve your life even further, despite the challenges of sharing a space with another person. Are you searching for a home to rent that you could share with one or two roommates? Nearby quality rental homes are available from Real Property Management MetroWest-Worcester. Contact our office or check out our listings online.
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