There are few things in life as intimidating as finding someone to share an apartment with. Especially when you’re moving to a new city full of strangers and searching for a roommate online. While many roommate situations end up just fine, we compiled a few roommate red flags to watch for when trying to find your next roomie.
They’re pushy with deadlines.
Be wary of prospective roommates who try to hurry you into signing a lease before you’re comfortable. This may indicate that they’re financially unstable or trying to rope you into a bad deal.
They have a live-in significant other.
Essentially, you don’t want to get two roommates when you were expecting one. While your roommate’s significant other can be great company, setting boundaries before entering into a lease is always a good idea.
They don’t have reliable employment.
Be wary of taking on a roommate who’s struggling financially. It’s very possible that the full cost of rent and utilities may get dumped on you if they come up short.
They’re in a different stage of life than you are.
This is especially important for young professionals looking to leave undergrad life behind. Living with students can mean more late-night social gatherings and less quiet.
They aren’t interested in meeting with you in person.
Try to meet your future roommate in person before agreeing to sign a lease. At the very least, schedule a video chat or phone call. If they’re unwilling to do this, red flags and alarms should be sounding — loudly.
You have a bad gut feeling.
Listening to your gut can be a lifesaver. If you have a bad feeling about someone or a certain housing situation, listen to it. It will likely save you from an uncomfortable twelve months.
While being aware of these red flags can’t guarantee you a perfect living situation, it will certainly lower your risk of having a bad one! Good luck!
Text by Amy Haupt