This tool, developed by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc, can be used to help clients in considering if having a housemate would be a good option from them.
Do I want a housemate?
Having a housemate has upsides and downsides. Here are some things to consider.
Upsides of Having a Housemate
- It might be the only way to afford to live in an apartment.
- You can split the cost of rent and utilities.
- You can share chores like cleaning.
- A housemate can be a support and companion.
- Most people live with other people – it’s a “normal” thing to do.
- A housemate may have “stuff” you don’t have.
Downsides of Having a Housemate
- You have to rely on someone else for their share of the costs like rent and utilities.
- You may not like how they do things, their “style,” behavior, or attitudes.
- Their problems can become your problems.
- You may not like their friends.
- You have less privacy because you have to share common areas such as kitchen and living room.
- You have to figure out how to deal with disagreements and differences.