Looking for a new flat mate and now any tips or advice that help make the call on a person's character in a short space of time just that little bit better?
I was looking through some old questions with the roommate tag and a few things jumped out at me that I hadn't considered in choosing a new person to live with.
One suggestion was to meet people in a neutral location before even letting them come and see the place. Do people do that? I am not one to be physically intimidated or worry to much about people casing my place for a robbery. I live at the top of a very old set of stairs in central Edinburgh with Abloy locks and most burglaries are out in the burbs. I thought perhaps I was missing something from this? Does the neutral location mean it's easier for you to judge whether you will click? Luckily for myself am in the envious situation of having a nice and cheap place so people will automatically want to live there even without considering whether it would be a good match personality wise. This is my most important factor besides paying the rent and bills on time.
A second consideration is living with a couple. I know if this could be cracked then there would probably be no divorce in the world but how do you know whether a couple is going to be a 'problem' pair? Anyone have any hints or help drawn from anecdotes about horrific experiences?
I have lived with in flat shares on and off for 10 years so have plenty of experience with the weird and wonderful. I currently live with my best pal (who is remaining in the flat - it's the 3rd room being let) and have done so for the last couple years which is great. I was just hoping I could add more methodology to my normal judgement - gut feeling, as to reach that optimum balance you get from a great flat share.
I've got some people coming to look tomorrow and have staggered out the viewings an hour apart. That way if there is someone I think I can get along with there is time to sit down, have a cup of tea and see how we would get along. Also I am not going to make any immediate decisions, when I have done this process before I narrow it down to a short-list then have them back individually to talk more.
Obviously there are the standard list of questions about smoking and the like which I will ask. If anyone has anything else outlandish you would like me to put forth to prospective tennants then let me know and I will update the thread with a Q and A. I'm not looking for a roommate as a social experience but I have lived with enough people to know it is much better if you can go out for a beer now and then.
Thanks in advance!
Here is a picture of the room for anyone interested