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How to Choose a Roommate

Monday, 03 July 2017

It's important to find a roommate you get along with, as you will be living with them for at least a year! So don't make a quick decision, make sure you find the right person. Use these tricks to find the perfect roomie. Full article at: https://www.homeproperties.com/blog/july-2016/how-to-choose-the-perfect-roommate

 

1. Think outside your circle of friends! 
If you’re confident a friend would be a good match for you in terms of lifestyle and financial stability, go ahead and ask! But, if you have any hesitations about living with a friend, you can explore resources like free community newspaper ads and online roommate matching services to broaden your search, including: Craigslist, Move.com, Roommates.com, RoommateNation.com, or RoommateLocator.com. You can also ask for recommendations from people you know and trust; word of mouth is a powerful research tool.
 
2. Interview your roommate-to-be face to face.
Grab a cup of coffee and interview your roommate-to-be (more than once, if possible), asking questions that will establish clear expectations for both of you:

  • What is your employment status? (Ask for a pay stub and inquire about their work schedule.)
  • Do you drink or smoke?
  • How often do you like to host guests?
  • What is your comfort level in sharing common spaces?
  • Do you mind sharing household and food items?
  • Have you had roommates before? (Ask for references and don’t hesitate to check personal credit reports.) 

3. Find out what your roommate-to-be expects of you.
Be ready to answer all of the above questions about yourself! It’s important to be honest with a potential roommate. If you’re a smoker, tell them! If you aren’t the neatest person ever, let them know that, too. It’s better to be up front now and avoid awkward situations after you sign the lease.
 
4. Be realistic about expenses.
Present your potential roommate with an estimate of monthly expenses, both individual and shared. Brainstorm together over this; it’s important to have an accurate accounting of finances from the beginning of your partnership!
 
5. It’s okay to ask for your agreement in writing.
Whether it’s cleaning the apartment or paying the rent, both you and your “perfect for you” roommate should make a fair contribution to your new partnership. Before you sign a lease, it’s a good idea to write down everything you have discussed. This isn’t necessarily a legal document, but an effective way to clearly communicate the details of your living arrangement.

Cover Your Bare Walls

Friday, 30 June 2017

No more boring white walls! Time to jazz them up with artwork.  http://www.greystar.com/blog/2016/08/02/apartment-living-tips-how-score-affordable-art-your-picture-perfect-place

 

 

1. Minted

You might know Minted for its customizable party and wedding invitations, but the stationer also boasts an impressive selection of gorgeous wall art. From nature-inspired pieces to amazing abstract prints, the options are as limitless as your imagination. Save yourself a trip by including a wooden or metal frame in your purchase.

2. Society6

Society6 poster

The ocean, the sea, the wave by Society6 artist Picomodi

Put your passions on full display with a little help from this online shop. Prints feature adorable animal photos, out-of-this-world space scenes, inspirational quotes and charming illustrations that will brighten up even the dreariest day. If you’re looking for a large-scale piece but don’t want to spend half of your budget on a frame, opt for an unframed canvas instead of a print.

3. 20x200

Apartment-dwellers with a taste for the bold will fall in love with 20x200, offering unique pieces from a range of up-and-coming artists based in the U.S. and abroad.

4. Benson Walls

Benson Walls, a preferred Greystar partner, offers an array of murals, decals and canvases that allow renters to customize their space without damaging the walls of their apartment and violating lease terms. Dimensions and design options are completely flexible, and you can even use your own photos to create a truly personalized piece. Ready to order? Just visit the online shop – there’s no need to even check with your community manager beforehand!

5. Vintage NASA Posters

vintage nasa art

The Grand Tour, part of NASA’s Visions of the Future series

Futuristic imagery meets retro aesthetics in this spectacular series, developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The full-size poster images are available for download at absolutely no cost to you! All you have to do is save the images you like to a flash drive and head to your local print shop for the hard copy. FedEx offers poster printing starting at just $7.25 per square foot.

 

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