Pros And Cons Of Renting With Roommates – What You Need To Know

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Pros and Cons of Renting With Roommates
Pros and Cons of Renting With Roommates

Renting with roommates can be a great way to save money on your rent, but there are some things you need to know before you move in.

We will explore the pros and cons of renting with roommates. Most people think about how great it will be and rarely think about the possibility of the relationship going sour.

Before making such a significant financial commitment, you’ll want to think about that aspect. There are advantages and disadvantages of having a roommate that should be explored before making a final determination if it’s right for you.

Deciding on a Home Together

Before covering the pros and cons of taking on a roommate, you’ll first want to come to an agreement on the type of home you’ll rent and how to go about finding it.

Do you want a house, condo, or apartment? There should be a consensus before you search for properties to rent. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of the housing choices.

Once you’ve come to a conclusion, you’ll want to visit one of the best real estate listing websites. You will be able to scout out some potential homes that meet your criteria. Once that’s done, you can call a real estate agent or landlord for a viewing.

Like purchasing a home it is wise to work with a buyer’s agent who will be in your corner every step of the way. A buyer’s agent is your fiduciary and works for you!

The Pros of Renting with Roommates

One of the biggest benefits of renting with roommates is that it can save you a lot of money on your rent. Depending on your situation, you may be able to rent an apartment for less than you would pay if you were living alone.

Additionally, having roommates can help make living in a new city or town more fun and social. You can also share expenses and make sure everyone takes care of their part of the rent.

With the cost of living skyrocketing, renting with a friend can allow both of you to sock away more money than you would be going at it alone. You will share the cost of rent and all of the utilities as well.

The Cons of Renting with Roommates

While renting with roommates can be a great way to save money on your rent, there are some potential downsides as well. First, it can be difficult to get out from under the lease if your relationship goes bad.

What could go wrong, you say? Being friends with someone and living with them are two very different things.

Do you know your roommate’s lifestyle? For example, does your friend love the nightlife, but you like curling up on the couch with a good book or watching your favorite TV show?

Going out on the weekend is one thing, but what if your roommate turns into a local lounge lizard? You might not enjoy living with someone who keeps late hours, especially when they wake you up late at night.

Understanding how your friend lives will also be vital. Have you been around them long enough to know?

If you’re the type that makes the bed every morning and your roommate is the one who leaves piles of clothes and snack wrappers piled up, you’ll likely start to get stressed out.

You will want to know upfront what you can expect things to be like day to day. Otherwise, it could be the modern-day version of the Odd Couple – a sitcom from the 80s.

Living with someone’s bad habits can be a real drag on a relationship.

Settling on Responsibilities is Vital

Having A Roommate Agreement Could Be The Key To Being Happy
Having A Roommate Agreement Could Be The Key To Being Happy

Whenever you rent with someone else, there should be a defined role of responsibilities. Will one person be doing the cooking and the other the cleaning?

Are you going to mow the lawn yourself, or will you be hiring someone to do it? You and your roommate might not be on the same page regarding who is taking care of what.

It’s also important to agree on who will be paying rent and utilities. This can be tricky because one person might have a job that pays well while the other is unemployed or only earns a low wage.

In this case, dividing up the bills can be difficult. It will also be more challenging if one of the parties is a DIY specialist and the other hires out for everything.

Being on the same page is critical before signing a lease.

Final Thoughts

There are also some things you might want to consider before moving in together, like whether you want to live in the same city or if you’re willing to travel for work.

Overall, it’s important to weigh all of your options before deciding if renting with roommates is the right move for you. Making a mistake with living arrangements is going to be extremely stressful as you won’t be able to escape seeing this person every day.

Rental living can be a great way to save money on your rent, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making any decisions.

If you’re thinking about renting with roommates, make sure you do your research and discuss your options with friends or family members who have experience doing the same. Getting stuck living with the wrong person can way on your mental health – something you’ll surely want to avoid!


About the author: The above article on “Pros And Cons Of Renting With Roommates – What You Need To Know About Buying Land” was written by Bill Gassett. Bill has been working in the real estate industry for the past thirty-three years. He works for RE/MAX Executive Realty in Hopkinton Massachusetts. Bill loves providing trustworthy information to buyers, sellers, and fellow real estate agents to make the best possible decisions. His writing has been featured on RIS Media, National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, Today.com, Credit Sesame, and others.


About Rochester’s Real Estate Blog: Rochester’s Real Estate Blog is owned and operated by Kyle Hiscock of the Hiscock Sold Team at RE/MAX Realty Group.

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