“Is a roommate right for me?” Here are three easy things to evaluate whether your next apartment home should be a share or solo adventure.
This should be your very first question when considering living with a roommate. If you’re an extrovert, you may even need to live with a roommate in order to keep your energy levels thriving.
However, if you’re an introvert, be honest about yourself about your needs. Maybe just having your own room will be good enough. But if you struggle to feel yourself around others or are constantly losing energy in the same home as others, you may be an introvert who should live alone.
One of the benefits of a roommate is splitting the rent. Financial experts recommend spending no more than 30% of your monthly income on rent. If you have a lower-paying job, live in a high-rent area, or prefer to spend your money in other budget areas, a roommate may be a great option for you!
Consider how much space you really need to make your apartment space home. Here are a few factors you should think about:
It’s no secret that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, hybrid and remote work has been increasingly popular. If you frequently work from home, you may be looking for more space dedicated to your online job. This realization could lead you to two cost-saving choices:
Either of these options can save you money and space while optimizing your live-work apartment. The cost and availability of one-bedroom vs. three-bedroom apartments could impact whether or not you will live with a roommate.
Is home decorating one of your favorite hobbies?
Have you worked hard to acquire a lot of furniture over the years?
Are you particular about the layout of your kitchen shelves and pantry?
If one or more of these apply to you, you may want to reconsider living with a roommate. Sharing space leads to most roommate-roommate arguments. Whether it’s refrigerator space, living room arrangements, or even pursuing a cohesive home aesthetic, you have to make compromises when living with roommates.
If doing things your way is a high priority, we recommend living on your own.