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Many people feel they are good judges of character. As such, they often make decisions about others without checking references. If the first impression is good, they don't feel the need to look further. Don't fall into this trap. You're looking for someone to share the costs of living with, but also someone who will become a trusted friend and living mate. Ask potential roommates for references and check them thoroughly. You may uncover information that could save you from big trouble down the line.