Life has more transitions than any of us can prepare. Did you feel ready when you first became a parent or experienced the death of a loved one? What about retirement or an extra career – did you feel ready to do so?
You are not alone. Many are struggling with the financial and social consequences of aging – the realities of fixed income, land maintenance, and often empty nest syndrome. Many do not want to uproot themselves from home, but at the same time feel the pressure of extra space and the work (and money) required to do so.
So what does a human have to do? One option that attracts new followers is home sharing. Unlike other tenant-landlord relationships, homesharing is about finding someone whose lifestyle is compatible with yours in order to share a living space with you. The rent is exchanged, but also the camaraderie and often the easy help around the house or the yard.
Find a compatible flatmate. Sharing a habitat is very intimate and personal. Whether you're looking for a roommate on Craigslist, a real estate page or a homesharing page, do not hesitate to ask questions and specify preferences. When you think about living with someone, understanding your affections and lifestyle will help you determine in a simple and effective way if you can live in harmony.
Protect yourself with a lease. Even if your roommate seems to be the most trusted person in the world, it's never a bad idea to write down your Residential Community Agreement and document provisions such as termination, rent, bail, etc., to understand what living together looks like from a legal perspective. Although there are many websites on Google offering free leasing templates, you should ask a lawyer to create one for you, as local landlord / tenant laws vary from state to state or even city to city.
Your house rules. The legal perspective is not the only perspective that affects residential communities. Non-legal elements such as home-work expectations, kitchen and bathroom access, guest dispute resolution policies, and disagreement policies are critical to a happy home-sharing arrangement. In addition to your rental agreement, consider making an agreement or house order with your new roommate before moving in to reduce the risk of conflict and, in this case, give yourself a non-personal opportunity to resolve it.
Hire (or pay) rent. It can be difficult to talk about the financial aspects of a relationship with another person. Setting up guidelines for paying rent in your rental agreement and / or in your home-sharing contract will certainly be helpful, but you may want to consider using an online payment processing tool to pay the rent directly and the cumbersome conversation "Please pay the rent "to avoid.
In addition to these rental payments, homesharing offers many other benefits. Even roommates who do not spend a lot of time together have social contact and camaraderie just because they are in the same place.
Another advantage of home sharing is the flexibility that allows homeowners and tenants. Many homeowners prefer to reduce the rent they charge for help around the house or the yard.
Finally, home-sharing provides stability and the ability to stay at home in a world of unattractive options. This kind of control and autonomy is a huge improvement: you do not have to allow your housing choices (and some financial decisions) to be taken for you. You can think outside the box and create the life situation you want.
Author: K ate Cygan is marketing manager for Silvernest, an online platform for the exchange of homeowners and tenants on the basis of compatibility and Provides a builder of lease, a direct rental deposit, access on legal advice and other tools for the success of homesharing. All Silvernest users are ID verified and background checks are available. Visit www.silvernest.com for more information.