How to find a flatmate

How to find a flatmateFinding the perfect flatmate is a bit like finding your soul mate. This will be somebody who will share not only your flat but your personal life as well. All your successes, failures, your happy days, and your not so happy days – your flatmate will witness all of that, so when looking for the perfect flatmate, you should take into consideration some key things like:       The perfect ad The correct approach to finding the perfect flatmate is crucial for the positive outcome of this process. Treat this the way you would if you were hiring someone to do a very important job. Create a list with all the requirements you have and make sure to be explicit about them in the ad you will post. Will you accept a flatmate with a pet? A smoker? A party person who likes having guests all the time? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself when creating your ad. The professional interview So, you have shortlisted some candidates who are willing to share your space and your personal life. Now is the time to approach the interview with professionalism and create a questionnaire that will help you select the person you’ll feel most comfortable living with. What we recommend, though, is to not just ask the questions from your questionnaire and tick the “right” answers, but rather use it as a conversation starter to see if the person in front of you is someone you would like spending time with (as this will inevitably happen after they move in with you). Look for signs that you can get along together and watch for red flags as well! The trial period It’s a wise move to ask the person you have chosen to move in with you for a couple of days (up to a week) to see how you both get along. This trial period will either make your flatmate relationship work or open your eyes for things you wouldn’t want to put up with in case the person moves in for a longer period of time. Be open and offer this trial period, explaining what you expect it to show and make sure you also act as usual during this time so that the other person draws a realistic picture of living with you as well. The written contract Unless you are renting your space to a close friend, it’s always a good idea to sketch out the important points and have them in writing before you give the keys to your flat to a complete stranger. Some good topics to cover there are the price, the renting period, the payment date and method, basic rights and obligations (for both parties), etc. The 6th sense No matter how brilliant your future flatmate’s answers are, no matter how appropriate they seem on paper, always trust your guts. Do you feel comfortable around this person? Do they make you feel “at home”? Do you like the way they act, talk, behave, even smell? All these are things you will have to put up with every day, so trust your instinct and go for the person you feel best with!