Is HomeShare Right for You?

HomeShare ATL

Is HomeShare Right for You?

Wondering if HomeShare ATL is right for you? Whether you are a seeker or a home provider, consider these questions below in your decision.

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Questions to ask yourself as a Home Seeker:

Why do I want to Home Share with someone?

What kind of neighborhood do I want to live in?

Do I need a furnished or unfurnished space?

How much rent can I afford?

What is essential to me in a housemate?

Do I prefer Home Sharing with a female, male, couple? Or, do you have no preference?

Do I have an age preference? Would I consider living with children?

Do I object to smoking or drinking inside the house?

Would I consider living with pets? What kind?

What kind of a relationship do I want with my housemates? Do I just want to rent a room in a home, or do I want a friend and companion with whom to share my life?

What household responsibilities do I wish to share? (For example: housework, cooking, shopping, driving, gardening, trash removal, handiwork, laundry) What do I consider an equitable exchange of services for a reduction in the rent?

What are my housekeeping standards? How clean should common areas be kept?

Am I prepared to adjust to housekeeping standards in return for rent savings or companionship?

What are my shortcomings that might present difficulties to anyone living with me?

What qualities do I have that would contribute to a shared arrangement? Do I listen to and understand other people, especially when there is a difference of opinion?

What things can I do to make my new Home Sharing arrangement feel like home?

Questions to ask yourself as a Home Provider:

Why do I want to Home Share with someone?

Is my home or apartment suitable for sharing? Is there a private room for a housemate? Is there an easily accessible bathroom? Is there adequate closet or storage space? Are there structural barriers, or stairs, that might limit who can live in my home? Are entrances/exits accessible?

Is the space I'm considering available really ready for another person(s) and their possessions? If not, what must I do to make it ready? Will the space be furnished or unfurnished?

If a person needs an unfurnished bedroom, am I willing to store my things?

How much rent do I need in order to satisfactorily reduce my housing cost burdens?

Would I like some help around the house? If yes, how much assistance do I need?

If I expect a service, should I reduce the rent, offer free rent, free room and board, or free room and board plus compensation for the services a housemate would provide?

Am I prepared to adjust to some household changes in return for the additional income or help that I am asking?

To what degree do I want to share my kitchen, living room, and other common areas?

What household responsibilities do I wish to share? For example: housework, cooking, shopping, driving, gardening, trash removal, laundry, etc.

What are my household standards? For example, how clean should common areas be kept?

What is essential to me in a housemate?

Do I prefer a female, male, couple? Do I have an age preference? Would I consider living with children?

Do I object to smoking or drinking in my house? Would I consider living with pets?

What are my shortcomings that might present difficulties to anyone living with me?

Am I able to confront problems and find amenable solutions? Do I listen and understand other people, especially when there is a difference or opinion?

What qualities do I have that would contribute to sharing my home?

What can I do to ensure that MY home can become OUR home when shared?