So the Homies crew is over here hard at work to help you find the perfect roommate. Our compatibility-based programming is one of the many ways we’re working for you to sort through potential roommates and ditch creepy Craigslist ads. Combine that with our blog posts with helpful neighborhood tips and considerations when looking for a new co-living space, we’re truly dedicated to getting you into the perfect neighborhood with the perfect roommate(s). But with all this talk about how important it is to find the perfect roommate, we’ve neglected to talk about the benefits that come after you’ve found them!

To address such an important topic, we’ve put together a list of 5 benefits of finding the perfect roommate!

Build a Lasting Relationship With Your Roommate

A positive roommate experience can blossom into something much more substantial than shared kitchen space and a wingman at the bars. Chances are you may not be in an apartment or house for more than 2-3 years, but that’s more than enough time to build a lasting relationship with your roommate. When you find the right fit, it can last through career changes, moves, marriage, and kids. Trust us, having a static friend through life’s events makes everything easier.

Networking

Any successful relationship – including a roommate relationship – is based upon mutual interests, as well as individual ones. You and your roommate might have different careers and/or friend groups. Different networks. This is definitely a benefit and it’s okay to use it to a mutual advantage! Not only do supportive roommates want the other to succeed, but when it’s a good fit, you both are willing to introduce them to your respective circles. This teamwork can help advance both of your careers by crossing and expanding networks!

Communication skills

When issues do arise, a good team is able to talk them out. It’s important for roommates to communicate concerns along with listening to the concerns of others – a skill that serves one beyond just a co-living environment. These are skills needed at work, In romantic relationships, and  With other friends. When you find the perfect roommate, you are both able to practice these communication skills in a safe space.

Support system

Building upon enhancement of communication skills, we know that a mutually beneficial roommate relationship also builds trust. You don’t need to be best friends with your roommates – but a good roommate is someone you inherently trust. To pay rent on time, to keep your space safe. And this level of trust transitions into a built-in support system. Have a bad day at work? Bad breakup? Need to vent? Just as a good roommate is willing to listen to your house-related concerns, a supportive roommate will also be there to listen to the good and bad of your everyday.

Enhanced well-being

The most important benefit of finding the perfect roommate is actually all about you. When you find the perfect housemate, there’s ultimately less for you to worry about. Yes it is important to live in a neighborhood and pay a rent that makes logistical sense; but people underestimate the value of living in an environment where you feel supported, valued, and able to openly communicate concerns. Your well-being is dependent on more than just your rent. Homies truly wants you to find the perfect roommate because it has the power to transform your day-to-day well-being.

Roommates become an integral part of our everyday lives, so it’s important to understand what you want out of a housemate and choose accordingly. That being said, we hope you will let Homies aid in your search for the perfect roommate. We want you to reap the benefits!

If you’re still considering a co-living situation, be sure to do your homework. Be sure to read more about our Pros and Cons of Co-Living and Best Questions to Ask Potential Housemates.