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Roommates: Advantages and Disadvantages....

  • HndsmKansan Posts: 15647
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    I know it is a topic we've covered before, at least indirectly. I have my own 4 bedroom home, I live alone and I've often thought it would be wise to have a roommate.. to help with expenses (not that its critical, but it does help) and for security. I have a friend in Kansas City who has had differing roommates for years with few issues.

    I had the place built 8 years ago, tend to think of my home as my santuary at times. I can see the postives, but I can also see some real issues. Just wanted to hear about your own experiences, both good and bad. Are there any RJ members, like my KC friend, that really advocate a roommate scene?
  • AMoonHawk Posts: 10038
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    So clearly, what you are looking for is some affirmation and support for moving in some young bucks for eye candy and perhaps a little extracurricular activityicon_cool.gif
  • Csrobbie2000 Posts: 359
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    Having a nice roommate is great. I'm lucky to have fanstatic roommates so far. The last two actually became my best friends, and they always stay at my place whenever they're in town visiting. However, you have to realize that there is no such thing as a perfect roommate. There's always something that you don't like about someone, but if it's minor thing, then you can try to move past it. Just like any kind of relationship - compromising plays a big role here.
  • HndsmKansan Posts: 15647
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidSo clearly, what you are looking for is some affirmation and support for moving in some young bucks for eye candy and perhaps a little extracurricular activityicon_cool.gif


    Um, no.. I don't need to move in someone for that and I didn't specify whether it be a man or woman.. get real.

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  • HndsmKansan Posts: 15647
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    Csrobbie2000 saidHaving a nice roommate is great. I'm lucky to have fanstatic roommates so far. The last two actually became my best friends, and they always stay at my place whenever they're in town visiting. However, you have to realize that there is no such thing as a perfect roommate. There's always something that you don't like about someone, but if it's minor thing, then you can try to move past it. Just like any kind of relationship - compromising plays a big role here.


    Some good points. My friend in KC said he advertised on Craigslist and did some interviews. The woman who lives at his residence (he owns a house as well) has complete "house priveleges". He swears by it, but I just found that a mistake could be a mess. Thanks for that input.
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    ^^ haahaha icon_razz.gif

    Well you should have a Panic Room icon_cool.gif for at least icon_razz.gif

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    aww look how virgin was Kristen Stewart...
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    If you have different schedules and they're dog people they'd be perfect for any present and future beagles!
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    I personally find many more disadvantages than advantages to having a roommate, but privacy and personal space have always been incredibly high priorities for me. I'm a control freak, so living alone is the only way I can stay sane and not be tempted to murder someone for fucking up my living space.
  • HndsmKansan Posts: 15647
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:24 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidIf you have different schedules and they're dog people they'd be perfect for any present and future beagles!


    +1
    Any potential roommate would have to like dogs and my beagles might be a little issue.. they'd think they have a new person to sleep with at night.
    Some people might not find that inviting..lol
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    Advantages would include: Saving money, security (someone being there), if you need to go out someone can look after your pets, you can possibly make a new friend.

    Disadvantages would be: Stranger coming to stay in your house, may not pay bills on time, end up hating each other.

    I personally have had 4 roommates in my life 2 were horrible and 2 were fine. The 2 who were horrible and made my life hell, had major issues and were finding ways to push their problems away from themselves and on to other people. My first roommate actually posted on facebook how he wanted to kill me...My school said it was a harmless prank until I was about to get the police involved. (Fast forward 6 years later, he writes me a letter apologizing, saying he was realizing he was gay and was in serious denial about it). The second roommate was a girl, she just didn't want to pay bills. We all agreed on what the utilities were like and how we would split them, in writing and she just didnt want to pay....turned out she was an alcoholic...when she moved out we found 213 Bacardi bottles where her bed used to be...know we know were the money went to...

    My other two roommates were fine, we got along great, hung out but also gave each other personal space. (It was actually another guy who I had a lot in common with and another girl who was just a chill chick)

    My recommendation to you is to interview and do a credit and background check. This is your home and you are well within your legal grounds. I would also say that they should get letters of recommendation from their bosses. It will prove they have jobs and are responsible. Full house privileges is up to you, but I would say no, until you have lived with them a certain amount of time and can trust them. Also everything needs to be agreed in WRITING, so it is legally binding. As well as put in there the cases with bringing people over and staying there over night and such. (Thats a big one people don't think about).
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    not_superman said
    nicodegallo saidI personally find many more disadvantages than advantages to having a roommate, but privacy and personal space have always been incredibly high priorities for me. I'm a control freak, so living alone is the only way I can stay sane and not be tempted to murder someone for fucking up my living space.

    What are you going to do when you find love and want to live together?


    I personally don't expect it to happen. I'm quite realistic with myself, lol.

    But I suppose I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. You never know.
  • kevmoran Posts: 1495
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    I think it depends on your personality. I don't know if I could ever live alone, I get too scared and sometimes I just need some cuddles.

    But with the fun and security comes more stress. Especially in your situation where you're the landlord, you might have to force the rent out of them and cause strain, not to mention with multiple roommates you'll have different living styles, cleaning (or lack of), and sleeping/working times.

    But good luck!
  • kevmoran Posts: 1495
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    har19 said^^ haahaha icon_razz.gif

    Well you should have a Panic Room icon_cool.gif for at least icon_razz.gif

    panic-room.jpg
    aww look how virgin was Kristen Stewart...


    What movie is this from?
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    I have a 3 bedroom house. Live alone. No BF. So in the meantime having roommates keeps me company. One is only here for work 6 nights a month. It's always nice to be able to talk to people, get support and make jokes. But depends on your personality. The downsides. You get weird habits like whistling tunes, making weird noises at 11 at night, leaving doors and windows open. But the money every month makes up for some of that. I also have a straight roommate that is really cool and he likes to exchange hugs which is a bonus.
  • Latenight30 Posts: 1516
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Advantages-
    Cuts down on some of the cost of living somewhere
    If they are worth anything helps keep the place up
    Disadvantages-
    Never know when they will be home or not
    Their choice of friends might be less desirable.
  • Csrobbie2000 Posts: 359
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    If you decide to have one - always run a credit and background check. Also ask for at least 2 preferences. You also need to be clear about a few rules such as I'm ok with having guests over every now and then, but definately not often, etc. Funny, one guy who is the host of that game show Repo Game (very muscular black guy) came to look at the place, but as soon as he asked if it's ok to bring a girl home sometimes, I crossed him off the list.

    I own my town house, and it's a two story with 2 master bedrooms, a loft and separate entrances, so I have my privacy still. Not to mention having an extra $1200 a month is always great especially in this economy.
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    Pros
    - they pay rent (woo hoo extra money)
    - you have someone to talk to
    - they can house sit/dog sit if needed
    - may make a great new friend in the process
    - maybe they can help with household chores (cleaning, lawn, laundry etc...)
    Cons
    - you dont know what kind of company they keep (friends etc..)
    - they might steal your shit
    - they might not respect your space (messy etc...)
    - they may not be very reliable (if you need them to do something for you)
    - they might be real bitchy, to where if you ask them to do something its like the end of the fucking world or something.
    - you might date them (if they're gay) and then things dont work out and then there is that kind of awkward thing between you guys
    - she (if its a girl) might try to turn you straight or at least bi icon_eek.gif
    - they might not like your style (taste in music etc...) and talk all kinds of shit about why you should not listen to or like (whatever) and you'll be sitting there thinking to yourself ".....................just who the fuck does this person think they are?" icon_confused.gif
    - ask to borrow your shit or worse just assume they can use your shit without asking you

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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    Unless paying my mortgage or rent depended on it I'd rather live alone. I want absolute control over any music, the TV, d├ęcor, and the parking situation. So no I'm not a very good roommate.
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    HK, you're an extreme neat freak. Would you be able to live with a normal people?
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    Advantages:
    1. Easier to save a few extra bucks each month.
    2. See #11 in "Disadvantages."

    Disadvantages:
    1. No more privacy.
    2. No more "dinner and movie" dates at home.
    3. No more cranking up the volume on fun songs.
    4. The remote is never where you put it.
    5. The new roll of toilet paper is loaded "under" - if it's even loaded at all.
    6. Clean dishes before work magically become dirty after work.
    7. Groceries mysteriously disappear.
    8. Those that don't disappear go bad and stink up the fridge.
    9. Pubes in the kitchen sink where he shaved for a hookup.
    10. That grindr hookup he had while you were at work ended up breaking in two weeks later and robbing you blind.
    11. Because of #10, the "Advantages" section loses all value.
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    worst idea ever
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    I live with my bf in a 3 bedroom apt for 5 years now, we always have roommates to occupy the other two rooms. Yes the financial help were great but there were quirks from living with people with different lifestyle.

    The interview process is most crucial and it should take hours of just hanging out to see the dynamics between people. Have your close friends refer a friend also works too because your close friends will at least know who you are already, and who can work as a roommate.

    The major bad things I've experienced are the noise problem (walking loudly, closing doors), not helping out cleaning around the house, at least at shared area like kitchen/bathroom/living room, and sometimes having to remind them to pay rent.

    The great thing that will come out of this is when the right roommate become one of your real friends. Even when they moved out, you know you have made a great connection with someone for life =]
  • kevmoran Posts: 1495
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    not_superman said
    kevmoran said
    har19 said^^ haahaha icon_razz.gif

    Well you should have a Panic Room icon_cool.gif for at least icon_razz.gif

    panic-room.jpg
    aww look how virgin was Kristen Stewart...


    What movie is this from?


    Embarrassing... icon_redface.gif
  • chris_hasting... Posts: 196
    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    my roommate cooks for me often, but then again he's also obese and eats alot of my food. not to mention he never does dishes (not really an issue since i figure he cooks). he takes excessively longs howers (not really that big a deal though).

    but i also had a horse rapist for a roommate and a sociopath once, as well as a dirty woman that left her period shit all up in our bathroom and stunk up the place, god, girls should not be that dirty.
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    QUOTE Nov 29, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    I've had several room mates before. The extra money is great and could use it now, but the compromises and loss of privacy just aren't worth it right now. Should a BF or Husband enter the picture, that's a different story icon_wink.gif