Having a roommate should always be a rewarding experience for all parties concerned. Here are some things you MUST know before getting a roommate, and some of the benefits of having a roommate. These (and more) are covered in detail in the book.

Things you must know before getting a roommate

how to find the right roommate

how to find a roommate you can trust

how to interview a potential roommate

roommate checklist

roommate dos and don'ts

roommate legal issues

how to set and enforce roommate rules

how to handle a problem roommate

roommate safety issues

finding the right roommate

finding a roommate you can trust

interviewing a potential roommate

Some of the many benefits of having a roommate

Financial - split the cost of shared expenses

- rent

- utilities

- food

- household products

- child care

- TV, phone, internet


- friendship

- safety (not returning to an empty house)

Shared Interests

- music

- sports and fitness

- cooking

- religion

check out my other book

Roommates and Other Anomalies, by Sylvia Bergthold

Meet Julietta Jenkins, whose move from Vermont to California lands her in one mess after another. You'll love reading about JJ's hilarious adventures as she scrambles for a new place to live and struggles to find the perfect roommate.

Roommates and Other Anomalies is available direct from me (and signed by me) for $16, or through the following retailers, where it's available in print or eformat:

Sorry, the boa has gotta go - a roommate survival guide
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