What to Look for In a HomeShare Housemate
Shared housing is becoming a popular option amongst older single adults as seniors are increasingly choosing to reap the benefits of home sharing. Between past recessions, the rise of health care costs, home sharing simply makes financial sense. Add to that the safety benefits of having someone in the house with you and the value of companionship and benefits start to make the decision obvious.
If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the benefits of home share for you or your aging loved one, you may want to take some considerations into account. Here are just a few things to consider:
- Do you know your requirements about what you want to have in a housemate? Think of things like values, lifestyle, expectations and each other’s vision of what living together will entail.
- Once you’ve identified your requirements, be realistic about whether your perspective housemate meets those requirements?
- Identify your deal breakers. If you or your loved one deals with pet allergies then obviously a housemate with a pet would be a challenge. Think about the various issues that could come up with roommates (we’ve all had one at one point in our lives) and identify your deal breakers and try to keep your living situation as comfortable as possible.
- Think about financial stability. If you’re thinking of renting out a spare bedroom make sure that they’ll be able to pay their rent over the course of the agreed upon term.
The benefits of seniors sharing their home can be great. Housemates provide independence by keeping seniors in their homes and communities they know and love, financial support with additional income for home providers and affordable rent, security in knowing that there is more than one person in the home and companionship. When thinking about your housemate, be sure to consider your needs and expectations when deciding on a house mate.
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