For some people, renting a home is a financially responsible alternative to the costs and demands of home ownership. For others, it's merely a temporary arrangement during college years or while searching for a home to buy. Regardless of your circumstances, the resources spotlighted in this guide will teach you how to find a great rental and avoid the pitfalls of difficult landlords, quirky roommates, noisy neighbors and other factors that can make renting a tough adjustment.
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For many people, having roommates makes rent more affordable and the apartment less lonely. But what about all the horror stories about awful roommates? There are no guarantees you won't experience at least one bad roommate in your lifetime, but the sites below can help you find and select the one who will (hopefully) be easy to live with.
- Many articles about coping with roommates focus specifically on college freshmen living in dorms. While you might not necessarily be living in a dorm (or in college), don't pass up this information. Much of the advice is applicable to any roommate situation.
Finding and living with roommates …
searches thousands of cities in the United States for roommates that will be compatible with your preferences. Use this service if you're searching for a place to live or if you already have a living space and just need roommates. Click the "Get Started" tab to sign up for free basic membership and post your profile.
presents several articles about finding, choosing and living peacefully with a roommate. Don’t miss the quiz
to help you see whether you're even suited to living with a roommate.
The Emily Post Institute
helps you navigate the sometimes tricky road of living with roommates. Learn how to select a roommate that's right for you, and then how to work together to keep your apartment clean, pay the bills on time and co-exist without getting on each other's nerves.
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