While many of us have had the unpleasant yet common experience of sharing a living space with a bad roommate, the truth is that many of us need to live with a roommate (or two or three) in order to live sustainably.
If you are preparing to move into a new apartment or house, and you know you need a way to cut back on the cost of your new living situation (regardless of what or where it is), keep on reading this guide to figure out if you may benefit from living with a roommate.
Reason One: You Can’t Afford To Live On Your Own
This is probably the most common and expected reason people choose to move in to an apartment or house with one or multiple roommates. Sometimes, especially in big cities, even studio and one-bedroom apartments are ridiculously expensive. For example, the average rent cost to live within ten miles of Los Angeles is $1,693. The overall fair market rent in the state of California is $1,341 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.
If this is the case, it’s simply best to upgrade to two or more bedroom living situations, splitting the cost of rent, utilities, and basic household necessities like paper towels, dishwashing soap, and toilet paper.
Even if you can manage to afford to live on your own at this time, it might still be a good idea to split costs with a roommate to allow yourself to save up money in a quicker and easier manner. There are a few more reasons why having a roommate may not be such a bad idea.
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If you are moving for a job opportunity that takes you far away from your friends and family, it might be a good idea to have someone else in the apartment or house you move into, even if they are a relative stranger in the beginning. Moving is already a stressful enough situation as it is, and it would only be helpful to have someone close by to help you move your things in and get settled.
It would be an added bonus if your roommate is already a relative local to the area you are moving into. If that turns out to be the case, then you have someone you know right away who may be willing and able to show you around your new town or city. They also may be able to offer good recommendations for restaurants, doctors, salon services, pharmacies, grocery stores, malls, libraries, and more.
If you need to travel frequently, whether, for your job or personal choice, it might be a good idea to live with a roommate so your living situation continues to be regularly cleaned and given maintenance. In your absence, a roommate will be able to address any emergency issues that happen in the apartment or house, and they can tend to any plants or pets you may have in the space. A roommate can also take any missed calls, unexpected visitors, or packages that would otherwise be left unattended while you were away traveling on business or for vacation.
Furthermore, a roommate will help you significantly reduce the costs associated with rent and utilities. Since you won’t be in the apartment or house every day, this will ensure that your hard earned rent money doesn’t go completely to waste on the days that you are not present in the apartment or house.
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