If you've never had a really terrible roommate, it's easy to think that all those sit-com plots are made up and way to crazy to actually be real. Surely real people don't wave swords around in their boxer shorts. Surely real sensible people living together don't stage bathroom wars, or hide rotting food in their room, or get pets they don't take care of, right?
Searching for a new roommate can be a tedious process, but making the right selection will save you a lot of headache later on. Many of us have experienced life with people lacking in the consideration, calmness, or cleanliness department (or sometimes all three!), and know firsthand the stress that can result.
Finding a roommate online can seem like a daunting challenge for most. If you're living in an expensive metropolitan area like San Francisco, Miami, or even New York City - odds are that you're struggling to pay the rent alone. Sharing the rent, the utilities, and splitting on that Friday night pizza makes economical sense, right? But where do you start. You could always turn to friends or family and see if anyone is looking for a new pad to share with you. Or, you could turn to the Internet.