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Roommates: The Pros and Cons of a Shared Living Space

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Sharing your living space can be great. There are many benefits to having roommates, but nothing is perfect. There are downsides to having roommates. Before you make the decision to share your living space, carefully weight the pros and cons. Pros of Having Roommates Saving money on rent. Obviously, the more roommates you have, the more […] read more

Sharing an Apartment: The Pros and Cons of Married Roommates

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When you’re looking to cut back on your rental costs, married roommates might provide you with the opportunity to save quite a bit on your monthly costs. However, you should carefully consider the pros and cons of cohabitation with a married couple before you post that ad or consider your married friends’ offer. Pro 1. […] read more

Choosing a Roommate: Friend or Stranger?

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Roommate situations are, more often than not, the result of need and not choice. So, while the act of deciding to live with a roommate is an inherently simple one, the act of finding and choosing the right roommate is far more complex. Sharing your living space with someone, even a close friend, can be […] read more

Bad Roommate: How to Improve Communication

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Having a bad roommate brings a number of challenges and can be even harder when the two of you aren’t communicating as well as you could be. Maybe you’ve started to notice that she hasn’t been pulling her weight or that she does things that are rude and disrespectful. The obvious next step is to […] read more

Looking for Roommates: Must-Ask Questions

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So, you’re looking for roommates? Whether you are looking to sublet part of your apartment, or simply find roommates to split the rent with, it is important to find the right people. The following are must-ask questions when looking for roommates: 1.  How Should the Security Deposit be Handled? You must decide if you are […] read more

How to Address Your Roommate’s Bad Hygeine

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A bad roommate can make living in even the most beautiful apartment horribly unpleasant. When your roommate exhibits bad hygiene, you have to balance avoiding hurting his feelings with getting the point across. Is Poor Hygiene a Consistent Problem? Everyone gets bad breath occasionally. Workouts can make even the sweetest-smelling flower smell a little less […] read more

Find a Roommate: A Look at the Top Roommate Websites

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Finding a great roommate can be a crucial part in your quality of life. A bad roommate can make living downright miserable. A roommate that you can't trust can add unwanted stress to your life. Finding a trustworthy, fun roommate is much easier than in the old days where you had to put an ad in the newspaper or hang a flyer on a bulletin board with your phone number on 15 tabs of paper. There are many websites that can assist you in finding exactly what you are looking for. read more

How to Handle a Smelly Roommate

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It's every renter's nightmare. You walk into your apartment and get a whiff of a strange smell. It's hard to identify, but it's bad. You follow your nose, and unexpectedly, it does not lead you to the kitchen garbage. Instead, your nose takes you straight to your new roommate's room. Uh oh. You've got a problem. Cleaning out a smelly refrigerator or recycling bin is an unpleasant but manageable task. Talking to your roommate about how bad he smells is another thing altogether. We spoke to renters about how they handled their smelly roommates--read on for their stories and the lessons they learned. read more

Should you Live with a Friend?

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At first glance, living with a friend can seem like a safe choice. You care about one another, enjoy each other's company and share similar tastes. What could go wrong? Plenty. Many friendships don't survive the transition to roommate-hood. The very factors that drew you together may push you apart when you share a roof. Marisa remembers what made her want to live with her friend Rebecca during their senior year in college. "Rebecca had the kind of energy that drew people to her; everyone wanted to be around her, including me. I figured that our senior year apartment would be a really fun place to be." The apartment was fun--maybe a little too much fun. "We had crazy parties that Becca organized. She always had the energy to plan the party, but never to clean up. She didn't seem to mind if the apartment was always a terrible mess. Or maybe she didn't know it because I was always cleaning it." By the end of their senior year, Marisa came to feel that she was being taken advantage of. "It really spoiled the friendship. I talk to her once in a while on IM, but it's really not the same." read more