Is a ROOM-MATE the way to go?
There are pros and cons of having a room-mate living with you, either in a condo, house or apartment.
Sometimes, it is better to have someone sharing the space in a rental property to help share half of the rental fees and all the other bills as well, but you really have to know the person well.
It must be a good fit for both parties.
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of having a room-mate:
If you are having trouble paying the enormously high rents in Vancouver, it can be an advantage to have someone share half of the rent, utility bills, damage/pet deposits, move in and out fees and any other charges, especially if you are on a tight budget.
However, sharing your apartment or house will also share your space. At times, you will feel there is no privacy and if you have a room-mate who likes to “borrow” your things without asking, your patience can be stretched to the limit.
It is crucial to be totally honest and open BEFORE you move in with someone, so all expectations are crystal clear right from Day 1.
If you finally decide to share your space with someone, it is always best to look for a room-mate you are familiar with and one you completely trust. The disadvantages of living with someone you don’t know at all can be insurmountable.
Security and safety are the most important reasons for choosing someone you know and someone you like.
Often, companionship is one of the reasons people decide to live with a room-mate. To have someone around with whom you can share your personal time or someone to eat with, helps with the loneliness but it can be a trade off for your privacy.
Sit down with your potential room-mate and make sure each of you fully understands what each other hopes to get out of the relationship.
How will doing the chores every day be split between you? Make sure you both agree on what each person is responsible for to keep a harmonious home. It makes the load easier when you help each other and work in unison. Unfortunately, everyone’s cleaning expectations are not the same, so try and keep an open mind. You may end up with a lazy room-mate who keeps making excuses while you are doing all the work yourself.
Take your time to make sure you pick the right person for you to share your home with!