Living with a roommate can be really fun and it might even save you some money, but it can also be a big commitment. This is why it’s a good idea to have an open and honest conversation with a new or potential roommate before moving in together to see if you two can actually make it work. Need some conversation starters? Keep reading for six important questions to ask.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
If you’re a morning person who goes to sleep early, you probably won’t enjoy having a roommate who is a night owl and makes a lot of noise past your bedtime. Ask your new or potential roommate about their sleep schedule, and be sure to share yours so you’ll both know when to be quiet if you end up living together.
What is your typical daily routine?
It’s important to get a feel for your roommate’s routine to make sure your schedules don’t conflict. For example, if you both shower in the morning and there’s only one bathroom in the apartment, you might run the risk of being late for work. Find out when they wake up, how long they’re at the office, and whether or not they’ll be around on the weekends.
How neat or messy are you?
Since you will probably be sharing common spaces, you should definitely ask about their cleaning habits. If one of you is messy and the other is always organized, you may need to make some compromises, like agreeing to clean up after yourselves in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.
What’s your pet policy?
If you have a pet, or you’re considering getting one in the near future, you need to make sure a potential roommate is on the same page. Likewise, you should find out if they’re looking to get a furry friend while you’re living together. And, even if you guys are on the same page in the beginning, it’s a good idea to have the conversation again before taking the (pet) plunge.
How do you feel about overnight guests?
Find out if a potential roommate has a significant other who will be staying over frequently. If they do, and it makes you uncomfortable, you probably aren’t a good match. You could also discuss setting some rules, like only having overnight guests on weekends. Don’t forget to give them a heads up if you will be having guests stay over, too.
What will you be using the apartment space for?
Be sure to find out how often they’re going to be around. If you both work from home, the apartment might feel a little cramped during the day. If they travel often for work and you don’t like to be alone, you might want to consider finding a different roommate.