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How to Find a Roommate You’ll be Happy With

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By Patrick Galvan, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

When moving to a new city, one of your most challenging tasks is to not only find a suitable place to live, but also find a suitable roommate to live with. Ideally, you’ll want to find a new roommate quickly, but you also want to ensure that you and this person will be able to live together easily. What happens if you complete your move, only to discover your new roommate is allergic to your cat? Will you have any mutual interests? Can you be sure they’ll turn in their share of the rent on time? How can you find out before you sign the lease?

Of course, you can never be completely certain until you meet the person and get to know them, but there are many tools and strategies you can use to make the process of finding a quality roommate easier. Here are a few tips and websites to help you find a roommate you’ll be happy with!

ARE THERE ANY WEBSITES OR APPS TO HELP ME FIND A ROOMMATE?

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Since we are living in fast-paced digital age, there are a wide variety of websites and apps to help you find an ideal roommate. Many people use Craigslist to put out ads for roommates, and while this is usually effective, you also run the risk of being scammed by an ad that may not be 100% truthful. Here are some key websites and apps which can help you bypass any potential problems.

  • uroomsurf.com: This website is geared toward college students, many of whom are taking a crash course in living away from home. Users take surveys to find potential matches based on similar interests and habits and the matches can correspond. If they hit it off, the students can then submit a request to be paired together during college.
  • Roomiematch.com: Roomiematch.com goes the extra mile to weed out spammers and poor tenants. Users fill out behavioral tests and their IP addresses are tracked to ensure anyone placing an ad is located where they claim to be. This site also features human moderators to seek out and eliminate scams. Anyone caught spamming is promptly removed from the listing.
  • Roomster: This website and its Facebook app allows users to write profiles about themselves to make the process of finding an ideal roommate easier. You can even search for individuals who have the same personal interests and hobbies as you do.
  • Easyroommate.com: The moderators of Easyroommate.com helps those who have a room to rent and those who are in need of a place to say. You will be able to create a detailed user profile so prospective roommates can get in touch with you easily. The moderators of this website also manually validate each room listed and offer a 24/7 customer service line.

HOW CAN SOCIAL MEDIA HELP ME FIND A ROOMMATE?

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Nowadays, finding information about available apartments and potential roommates is only a few clicks away. Depending on where you are moving to, you can usually find an online group or message board on social outlets, such as Facebook, where you can find useful information or someone who is looking for the same type of living arrangement you are.

Even if you don’t find a candidate through a social media message board right away, you can still use your account to continue your search by posting what you are looking for on your own personal newsfeed. Chances are a member of your family or one of your friends will know of someone who may also be looking to move and can make introductions.

WHAT SHOULD I DISCUSS WITH A POTENTIAL ROOMMATE BEFORE I SIGN THE LEASE?

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It is important to prepare a list of topics to discuss with potential roommates before you meet them, regardless of whether you’re connecting online or in person. If you can discuss and answer these questions up front with each other, you can avoid potential disputes in the future.

Communicating Personality Traits and Personal Beliefs:

  • Does this potential roommate live an introverted or a social lifestyle?
  • Are you active and on the go or are you more of a homebody?
  • What time do you like to go to sleep?
  • Do you object to having company over on a regular basis, or are you all for it?
  • Do you have strong, personal beliefs about certain topics? Ex: Are you a vegetarian?

Identifying Pet Peeves and Deal Breakers:

  • Are you a smoker or non-smoker?
  • Do you like pets?
  • Do you have any animal or food allergies?
  • How will you divide cleaning common living areas?

Communicate on Furniture and Other Shared Items:

  • What furniture will you be bringing with you?
  • Are either of you bringing any specific items that can be shared such as a coffee maker, plates, cups, silverware, etc.?
  • Are either of you bringing cleaning equipment such a vacuum cleaner?

Understanding Work Schedules:

  • Where do you work?
  • Do you work full-time or part-time?
  • Is your schedule consistent or irregular?

Finding a Convenient Location For Both of You:

  • How far is your commute to and from work or school?
  • How far away are the grocery stores?
  • How far away are the nightclubs, bars, movie theaters, and other places of interest?

Communicate on Mutual Finances:

  • How should we divide utilities that are not covered by our rent?
  • How should we divide entertainment bills such as cable/satellite T.V. and internet?
  • Do you want to share groceries or buy them separately?

WHAT ARE RED FLAGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN SEARCHING FOR A ROOMMATE?

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The goal in finding the ideal roommate is picking out a candidate who you will be comfortable living with, especially if it is a long-term arrangement such as a 12 month lease. In addition to pet peeves and personality traits, you should also be aware of these potential red flags.

  • Criminal Background: This might be a tough and personal question to ask, but it is important to find out if your potential roommate has a criminal history. It is better to find out before you sign the lease in the event it is a deal breaker. Consider asking your prospective landlord if they run a background check on their tenants. If they do, this can also put your mind at ease.
  • Pay Attention to Ads: Pay close attention when you’re reading “Roommate Wanted” ads. In addition to details about the room and the roommate, take note on the quality of the ad itself. If the ad is ridden with grammar and spelling errors, it’s probably by someone who simply wants to fill an empty room and avoid higher rent. Someone who doesn’t take care in wording their ad probably doesn’t care who they live with.
  • Bad References: Ask your potential roommate if they have any references who can attest to their renting history. Good references include past roommates and landlords. By doing this, you will know you are signing a lease with someone who is reliable and trustworthy.

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Home Moving Moving Tips, Tricks, & Resources Moving? Self Storage Can Help

Moving? Self Storage Can Help

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By Patrick Galvan, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

Whether you’re moving across town or to another state, relocation can be a time-consuming and strenuous process. Did you know that self storage can help make the process of moving easier, even before the big day?

Here are some tips and tricks to make moving day a more comfortable experience.

Moving Trucks and Packing Supplies

Some storage facilities provide moving services to make relocation easier. Before you hire a moving company to transport all of your belongings to your new home, ask if your storage provider is able to give you use of a moving truck.

Some storage facilities offer a free truck rental with a unit rental. Others offer truck rentals at discounted rates for tenants. Thanks to these perks, renting a storage unit and moving at your own pace can be an affordable alternative to hiring a moving team to haul everything for you on moving day.

If you’re using a storage facility’s moving truck, ask if it comes supplied with moving blankets and straps to protect your furniture during transit. For heavier items, such as furniture and refrigerators, ask your storage operator if they have a dolly or cart to loan you.

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You can often find the packing supplies you need at your storage facility, too, including high-quality, sturdy boxes and cushioning materials to better protect your more delicate belongings. Ask your local self storage operator if they can help you out. Some facilities sell packing supplies to clients at a discounted price when you rent from their facility including:

  • Boxes
  • Tape
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Packing Paper

Organize Your Move

A storage unit can help you before, during, and even after your move. Use your storage unit to stockpile your belongings between homes, give yourself extra time and space for cleaning before moving day, and move your items into your new place at your own pace.

Once you have packed all of your belongings and are ready to move them into storage, keep them organized by room. Divide your boxes into groups according to what room they will eventually go in. Label and color-code each box, so all your kitchen supplies will be categorized in one group, and so on. Store your items in room groupings for a quick and organized move.

Also, rent a storage unit with drive-up access to make the process of unloading your truck or other vehicles faster and easier.

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Lighten the Load on Moving Day

Self storage can give you a jump on moving your belongings out so you have more time to clean your old place. This is especially helpful if you have to move out by a set day and time. Rent a storage unit a couple of weeks ahead of your move-out date and start to transfer your possessions to your storage unit on your own timeline.

As you transfer everything to your storage unit ahead of moving day, you will have the time and space to clean your former home and other last-minute details. In fact, this approach is very helpful if you plan to show your home or apartment to prospective buyers or renters before your move-out date. Moving non-essential items into storage will get you one step closer to both moving out and selling or renting your old place.

Self storage can be a great resource during the process of moving, including before the move, moving day, and even after the move, as you get settled in your new place. Find a storage facility near you and ask your storage operator what they can do to make relocation easier for you.

 

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  • IsabellaR

    Some storage units offer free moving service as a perk to their tenants. This can be helpful when moving in expensive city like New York and can save tons of money. So keep an eye out for the perks when looking for a storage facility in NYC

  • Laila Keirstead

    Storage makes every moving day a lot easier especially if you take all of the storage boxes and put them in storage. My friends use this method because they only have a mini van and it is really hard for them to move a lot of their stuff at once. They had their appliances put on the moving truck, their storage boxes in the storage unit along with some boxes that were full of clothes, and the items that couldn’t fit in boxes that were shaped weird or made it hard for boxes to be placed in the cars. It was a pretty easy move for them and luckily the storage facility was right down the road. http://www.HubschMoving.com

  • Thomas Mackay

    Very well written article. I totally agree that having a storage facility can definitely help while on the move. Shifting home is a stressful thing as, more often than not, we tend to lose important stuff along the way. My cousin recently moved into his new house. He followed a systematic pattern as he did not want to move all his stuff at once. Hence, he made use of the storage facility( http://www.migsonstorage.com/ )in Toronto and gradually moved everything in due course of time.

  • Stoyan Stoyanov

    A great tool to create home inventory and later use it for your move is the MoveAdvisor app. Generally, it is intuitive and easy to work with, with nice visualizations.

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  • Gretchin Anderson

    Great article Gretchen!

  • wintrykiss

    im sorry i ever left to be honest

  • Jose Verschaffel

    And if you for the best place to live in the Bronx, come to Coop City !