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Tips for Finding a Great San Diego Roommate

Two San Diego Tenants Looking for a Roommate OnlineIf you’re looking for a roommate to share your rental home in San Diego, you may be thinking about how difficult it will be to get the appropriate person. After all, a roommate will greatly affect your home life– for better or worse. However, there are several things you can do to aid in your search for a roommate with whom you get along. By following these guidelines, you can help find someone whose habits, values, and personality all add together to make the ideal roommate.

Start early. Giving oneself ample time is the most critical aspect of selecting a suitable roommate. When you’re in a rush, you’re more likely to make poor judgments that will negatively affect your quality of life. If at all feasible, begin looking for a roommate far before you require one.

Ask your friends. While sharing a room with a friend may not be the best option, you should ask people you know if they know anyone who’s looking for a roommate. Someone recommended by a friend, coworker, or family member may be an ideal roommate because you both know and enjoy similar individuals.

Use social media. Also, use social media sites to spread the word about your search for a roommate. You can quickly create articles that describe your circumstance and the type of person you seek. Additionally, social media is beneficial for broadening your reach outside your immediate area. It’s possible that you’ll meet your new roommate when they relocate to your town from another city.

Do multiple interviews. After you’ve received a few applications, make sure to interview your top candidates several times. Prepare a list of questions to ask them, and then follow up with the candidates you like the best once the initial round of interviews is completed. See to it that you ask about their employment situation and earnings. It may feel embarrassing, but you must be aware of these facts. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of who each applicant is and how well they fulfill your requirements.

Know your deal-breakers. It’s also crucial to know what you won’t tolerate in a roommate. These “deal-breakers” are the characteristics of this individual that would make living with them intolerable. While everyone’s deal-breakers are unique, recognizing yours allows you to more easily sift out candidates who aren’t a good fit (and communicate them to your potential roommate). Nobody wants to give up their security deposit due to a bad roommate.

Ask for references. It’s always a good idea to request multiple references from your prospective roommate — and to follow up with them. If the applicant is unable to provide any names or if all of their references are family members, these could be red flags. As you speak with each reference, ask questions that will help you gain a better understanding of the applicant’s character and how they behave at home. When applying for a rental through RPM Realevate Refined, we check landlord references for previous tenant conduct. This is included in our screening process.

Be upfront about costs and expectations. It’s necessary to be candid with each potential roommate during the interview process. This covers the amount of rent the roommate is responsible for, how and when payments are due, whether or not utilities are included, how much they cost, and so on.

Put everything in writing. Finally, any roommate arrangement must be documented. A written, signed document will serve as a useful reference for both of you in the future, as well as in the event of any disagreements. Make your written agreement as precise and comprehensive as possible to your particular arrangement. All prospective roommates should submit an application via our website in the case of a landlord-tenant relationship. Otherwise, this may be an instance of an unauthorized tenant, which would provide a reason to cancel your leases.

Are you in the market for a new rental home? Real Property Management Realevate Refined has an inventory of great listings that update regularly. Contact us or browse available properties online.

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