Tips for Seniors living with a roommate.
There are many reasons why now many aging adults are considering living with a roommate: for example, they are living on a fixed income and needed some extra money to pay a bill, or need a little extra helps with dairy chores or just want someone for companionship. Choosing someone to share your house, free time and maybe life is very stressful and time-consuming.
Many studies have shown that social isolation and feeling lonely are really more dangerous to your health than being obese, having diabetes or being a smoker. This is why so many aging people start to looking for a roommate.
Considering a roommate
If you’re a 50+ homeowner who lives alone –an empty nester, divorcee, widow, single parent, or sandwich generation adult– and has an extra room that isn’t being used, home sharing could be a good option for you.
Here are some reasons to consider a housemate.
- Extra Cash
- Health benefits
- Expanded social life
- Shared chores
- An extra hand when you are down and out
- Shared economy is here to stay
Here are a few tips from Golden Year:
- Let your friends and family know about your search. It is easy to be taken advantage of during the search so having someone that you trust makes it better.
- Limit your search to known sources like your circle friends, hobby club or church. This way you can make sure it is safer.
- Do not have an interview a potential roommate alone or in your home. You better have someone who you trust go with you and meet somewhere like coffee shop.
- Be specific for what are you looking for because you are choosing someone is compatible.
- Keep an open mind at the same time.
- Don’t forget to do background checks. For example, ask your agent to pull a credit report, so you will know if he has a money problem or not, and pay for check criminal records.
- If you have decide your roommate, you should draw up a lease no matter what who is your roommate. So this way you are covered if your roomie causes any damage to your property.