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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 Are they bright and forthcoming, or surly and withdrawn?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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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