(Closed) To get a Roomate or to not?

posted 4 years ago in Relationships
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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sunshinedaydream:  I personally wouldn’t do it, but my neighbor is right now. The roommate has been there 6 months and it was supposed to be temporary. I would DEFINITELY have them sign some sort of lease agreement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <– I feel pretty strongly about that. :-p

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I think it depends on how much shared living space there will be. Shared kitchen? 

Also, if your basement is unfinished, you’ll need to do a little more than just build a wall. You’ll need to carpet it, install lighting (run electrical to the room), buy a door (this can get expensive), dry wall and paint. I know because we’ve got a half finished basement and are working on finishing the other side. I wouldn’t dream of just telling someone to move in to an unfinished concrete basement and ask for rent on top of that.

Also, we own our own house and have been married for 2 years. My Brother-In-Law has been living with us since August, and I’m beyond over it. You don’t realize how much you will miss being able to take your pants off at home until you can’t do it anymore. Or just having the living room or office to ourselves. So, speaking from experience, it’s not worth it to me and I’d never do it again in a million years. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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sunshinedaydream:  You 100% ABSOLUTELY need to do a formal lease and everything. ABSOLUTELY. 

And no, honestly- I wouldn’t. I’d find ways to save $$ in other ways. I just cant picture someone being around constantly in our home. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Doesn’t seem like an unfinished basement is appropriate for a person to live in. its one thing to have a bedroom there, but unless you plan on this person sharing your living space full time, I would not do this. And Yes, never allow someone to move in without a lease. That’s asking for trouble. I’d consider whether you have space in your house not the basement, otherwise I don’t think this is the best plan. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

if you really need the money then go for it, but if the extra money would just be nice, then i wouldn’t.

but it is your choice if you want to deal with a roommate.  just make sure the ground rules are in place before signing the agreement so the renter knows what is expected of them.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

DEFINITELY sign a lease or some other contract to make this official! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching daytime “court” TV, it’s that you need every single detail in writing, otherwise it’s your word against the roommate’s if something bad happens and that won’t hold up in court or other legal proceedings. I think getting a roommate is fine if you have the space for it and you get a chance to sort of interview the person first. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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sunshinedaydream:  There’s honestly nothing I hate more than sharing a kitchen with a roommate. You don’t realize the types of things that drive you crazy until you have to live with it. I’m putting up with it w/ a family member, and I can’t imagine what it would be like w/ a stranger. Well, I guess I did have roommates in college… so yeah, I remember 😉 lol

If you’re only doing it so you can have a little extra money to put into savings, and you don’t need to do it to make ends meet, just don’t. It’s added a lot of unnecessary stress to my marriage since we end up fighting over our current living situation… a lot. Just don’t do it!

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