5 tips to ensure you avoid the housemate from hell

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Do yourself a favour and pay attention to these

Whether you’re still house sharing or once did, most people have experienced the housemate from hell. Whether they are messy, a habitual borrower, arrogant, lazy or have the inability to wash dishes, they are very capable of driving the most patient person absolutely crazy!

Steve Makris, founder of Real Estate Tube and with over 25 years in the real estate industry, has come across many ‘unique’ individuals who have offered a room and lived to regret it. To save yourself from these sock-stealing housemates from hell, here are his five tips to help you avoid them:

1. Background check: 

The best way to sift out the nightmare housemate is through a background check. Being thorough is crucial, as unexpected discoveries can emerge from the darkest corners of the web. There is an assortment of background checking programs available online, providing the suitable check. Costs may apply during this process but this is a minor expense when ensuring you escape the clutches of the housemate from hell. 

2. Social media reveals all: 

Social media provides us with endless streams of information regarding users’ personal details. During the tedious endeavour of finding that perfect housemate, social media has proven to be a valuable tool for collecting information. If you’re a quiet homebody and looking for a like-minded individual, a quick search on social media may reveal that the housemate who applied has an abundance of wild, party images suggesting they could be loud, disrespectful and a creature of the night. On social media, you can also find mutual friends that you have with the person. If so, you can ask them for their opinion of the roommate. This is the best way to find out what sort of person they really are. Also, check their LinkedIn profile to see how long they have worked at their current employment. If they have stable long-term employment, you know they are consistent and dependable.

3. The tidy test and canine check:

When the potential housemate comes over to see the apartment give them a glass of water during the chat. If, once they have finished the beverage, they take the glass back to the kitchen then you know they are going to be clean and tidy. If you have a pet, ensure it makes its presence known during the interview. The reaction your furry friend receives will be a clear indication of whether the interviewee is a keeper or not. Also if the potential housemate doesn’t like dogs or cats, throw them out, you don’t need canine/feline haters in the house.

4. Be honest about yourself: 

Everyone’s definition of the ideal housemate can vary depending on your own personal preferences. If you are completely open and honest about the person you are, your possible housemate will be more inclined to reveal more about themselves. You may just find out that YOU are the housemate from hell. 

5. Questionnaire:

Once the potential housemate comes in for a chat, give them a pre-made questionnaire with questions about favourite TV-shows, hobbies, movies etc. This will give you more insight into their personality. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and they are more inclined to have a marathon session of Jersey Shore, get them out of the apartment…fast

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Written By Staff Writer

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