Help me with finding a housemate.
March 9, 2012 10:10 AM Subscribe
Older MeFites: how did you find a housemate or shared house, and how did it work? Details within.
posted by Wordwoman to human relations (20 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My current housemate is moving. I own the house. I want to find another housemate for economic reasons, but also because I find living alone to be way overrated and would like to share occasional meals and such. How do I find a housemate (and with just one interview, yeesh!)? This is new to me, as I knew my housemate for years before she moved in, and the only other people I've lived with have been romantic partners. I'm in my 50s, an age where house shares are outside the norm. Is Craigslist my best bet? How do I screen people for 1) non-sketchiness and 2) compatibility? My space is comfy but non-luxurious (for example, no dishwasher) and the rent will be correspondingly low. I worry that the low rent may attract non-compatible people in marginal circumstances -- for example, I would personally prefer to share my house with someone who is educated. I live in Denver, should location-specific advice be available. (Please note: I'm not asking for legal advice about how to structure a lease or whatever; will deal with that separately.)