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When you start to look for a roommate. The very first step is to place an ad to look for a room to rent or a roommate to flat share or room share. And particularly so when you are sharing a room, it will be best that you have an informal interview with your future roommate. Well, just to be sure that he or she is the roommate you like or love to live with. And well who knows, maybe you can even develop into close friends who can help out each other 😉
Having a roommate in Singapore to share your monthly rental costs will definitely cover other daily expenditures for sure. But you will not to rush looking for a roommate as this is a long term commitment. Try to look for the right match for yourself rather than just looking for someone to pay for the other half of the rent.
You can start off by shortlisting a few roommates your like and have a phone call to understand each others’ work schedules, daily routines, how many items/belonging, work places, general habits, mutually agreed do’s and don’ts, etc the list goes on …
Make a list of items in advance to discuss and by the end of your phone call, you should have a rough idea which roommate might be most suitable to share a room with you.
Following are more tips on how you can find the perfect roommate to rent a room or HDB flat together and even rent a bed space in Singapore
- Put aside a month or two to find a suitable roommate, dont try to find a good roommate last minute
- Find out is your roommate an introvert or extrovert person, so that you can find a balance
- Look out for red flags like smoking habits, drinking habits, their relationship and even how your prospective roommate’s hygiene e.g. dish washing habits, etc are important
- Understand your potential roommate or flatmate financial status. Does he/she has a stable job, where is your roommate working, what is your roommate working as, and if they have a permanent, contract or temp job are also some suitable questions to find out more about your future possible roommate
- Discuss about your space allocation, even down to where your tooth brush, cup, plate, etc should be place are small but also very important details to discuss early to avoid any unhappiness when the both of you actually stay together
- Are you open to living with your friend or work colleague? This is another important roommate search consideration you can think of. But be careful, as working together and staying together might cause even more miscommunications and quarrels. Therefore, i suggest you consider very carefully first before moving in with your close friend or colleague
- Write down a cleaning routine as well and sit down and agree between yourself and your roommate. Decide on a weekly or monthly schedule and it is best to stick it on a fridge or a place where its easily seen and monitor
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