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5 Things to Look for in a Potential Roommate or Tenant

5 Things to Look for in a Potential Roommate or Tenant

So you’ve found the perfect home, and you’re looking for someone to take up residence there. Whether it’s going to be you and a roommate, or you’re looking for someone else to live in your home, it is essential that you find a tidy, reliable, and friendly person to share your place of residence. Everyone has heard the roommate horror stories of destroyed property, missed rent, and unsavoury houseguests. Better learn to weed out the riff raff before anyone signs a lease or roommate agreement. These five simple things to look out for will save you or your property managers a great deal of headache.

1. Do they look nice, and are their clothes well-kempt?

First impressions are important. When planning for a job interview or the first day of class at school, just about everyone will consider what they’re going to wear and how they will put on their best face for their new classmates or potential coworkers. Why should it be any different for a roommate or tenant? A potential renter who cares how they come across to you is the type of fastidious person you want sharing your home. If they can’t make an effort with themselves, how can you expect them to care about two weeks’ worth of dishes piling up in the sink?

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2. Are they happy to have a friendly conversation?

A great roommate or tenant is one you can have a friendly working relationship with. In every cohabitation situation, there’s going to be a time where you’ll have to hash out how chores, food, and houseguests can be managed, and the outcome is going to have to work for both of you. Try having a pleasant conversation with your potential flatmate or tenant. Are they bright and forthcoming, or surly and withdrawn? Even if there are disagreements, it’s far preferable to work them through face-to-face with a reasonable, mature adult instead of pushing notes under each other’s doors.

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3. Are they forthcoming with references?

Everyone has a past, for better or for worse, but even if everyone gets a chance, it’s better for you to be prepared than to enter into a legal agreement with someone whose track record you don’t know. There are a few different camps when it comes to how many references you should ask for, but the general feeling is the same: if your potential renter shies away from your reference request, then likely they’ve got something to hide and maybe you should shy away from them.

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4. Do they have pets?

Sure, the idea of a nice cat or dog to keep you company sounds pretty great at first, but that’s before a week of sleepless nights punctuated by claws skittering up and down the hallway. Before you agree to share your house with people and animals, make sure you know what kind, how many, and how friendly they are. Nobody wants to be explaining to the FedEx guy why their roommate’s untrained dog is currently hanging off his forearm. Most of all, know yourself. Do you want alone time and hairless clothing? Maybe animals aren’t for you. Choose your flatmate accordingly.

5. Is their employment situation stable?

If you’ve ever rented an apartment before, you know that feeling when half your paycheck turns into rent. Whether you’re renting out your basement suite to help pay your mortgage or looking for someone to live in that spare room, you need to be positive that their bank account can handle the hit, so yours doesn’t have to take two. Sure, some people win the lottery or inherit thousands from their rich uncle, but the best way to ensure regular rent payments are made is by choosing a housemate who has a regular income and knows the value of money. Keep in mind that someone who works part time for minimum wage is going to struggle to pay $1500 for a luxury apartment. If your place is out of their price range, they might be out of the running.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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