Deciding to move is a huge deal. Everything has to fall into place perfectly, from the time you leave where you’re currently living, to getting into your new place. You need boxes, decisions have to be made about what neighborhood you’ll live in and how long your commute will be for classes or work. Maybe you’re on your own for the first time, or maybe you’ve decided that it’s time for a new crowd and you’re reinventing yourself.
Then you go to hunt for an apartment and you discover how AFFORDABLE it would be to have a roommate, or two. Split that rent, baby! These days so many apartments come with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, sometimes on opposite ends of common living areas…it makes it super easy to live with somebody even if you’re not best friends. But who should you live with? And just how do you go about finding a roommate in a big city like Dallas? Should you live with someone you know? Do you take the leap and move in with a significant other? Should you just move in with an acquaintance? Isn’t that risky?
I think we’ve all seen the Craigslist ads and Facebook posts of “Looking for a roommate in Dallas.” It seems that this is a common problem – and we get it! We’ve been there. Life is definitely better with roomies – floating rent all alone can be next to impossible, and not to mention lonely. And hey, having a roommate may enable you to get a super luxury place you’ve been dreaming about in Uptown or one of the new high rises around!
If you’re going to Find a Roommate in Dallas, we have some Tips to Help you Discover all your Options.
THINK "FRIEND OF A FRIEND"
If you don’t want to live with your crew, that’s totally understandable. There’s always the chance things could go wrong and you’d lose a lifelong friendship. Nobody wants that. But your friends know you and they likely have other circles of people they interact with like colleagues and siblings. Sound that alarm and get them working for you! You have to put the word out and ask your friends, colleagues, and family members to come up with some possible ideas for you. Chances are they know of someone who is moving, who’s lease is up, or somebody who just can’t stand living with their old roommate anymore. Send a few texts and see what happens.
MEET WITH PROSPECTIVE OPTIONS IN PERSON
Yes, you trust your friend/coworker/aunt, but you need to have a face-to-face. We think this goes without saying but you’d be surprised what is out there on tumblr. Think of it like a less formal interview…put together a list of questions about what their lifestyle is like — i.e., are they a morning/night person, what’s their job, do they party, have a significant other, etc- and have a conversation. Even better? Meet with this person several times before you actually commit to anything. Get familiar with each other.
CHECK OUT MATCH.COM
NO not actually match.com. But did you know there are actually sites out there who will help match you up with good possibilities? It’s about time these dating sites put their data to good use! Check out roomster.com or roomiematch.com. They take a ton of precautions to help keep you safe and prevent any spam/scammers from getting your info (SO to Craigslist…) Again, if you go this route please pay attention to number two above!
COVER THE TOUGH STUFF UPFRONT
Maybe not in the same meeting where you first interview a potential roomie, but at some point be sure to ask them about how you’ll go about splitting bills, how much rent they can afford, and even asking about how reliable their paycheck is. The more you get out of the way now, the easier it will be for you later.
ASK FOR REFERENCES
This may seem like overkill to you, but it is absolutely worth it to check up a little on this person’s background. It’s ok to ask them for two or three phone numbers to call – perhaps a previous landlord or property manager, and any former roommate would be helpful. This is an easy way that takes just a few minutes to ensure you’re getting information that’s reliable.
Finding a roommate in Dallas can seem like an overwhelming task, but it can be done! Don’t forget to tap into all the resources available to you whether that’s your friends and coworkers or online services. Do you have any tips we didn’t cover here? Be sure to let us know!