September 3, 2010, Newsletter Issue #234: A Roommate To Help With The Bills

Tip of the Week

The reality is, unless you find the perfect roommate, youíre not going to be able to stay in that awesome apartment building. Forget that itís within walking distance to the shopping mall, your university, or your place of work. The sad fact is that without someone to help pay the rent and utility bills, youíre going to have to give it up. Whatís a person to do? Well, before you panic, there are some key things to consider when doing a roommate search.

1) Rally your friends and family. Itís possible they know of someone who might be interested in becoming your new roommate. Unless youíve recently played a cruel practical joke on your friends or family, theyíll probably suggest someone compatible with your lifestyle.

2) If youíre in school, conduct your roommate search at the college or university you attend. Campuses usually have public display boards, or other methods (like email) of conducting a roommate search.

3) If youíre employed, spread the word among your colleagues that youíre looking for the perfect roommate.

The best way to find a perfect roommate is to do your roommate search when youíre not under pressure. If you have advanced notice that youíre going to need to find a roommate, donít wait until the last minute to start your search, even if the former roommate hasnít moved out yet.

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