Taking in a Roommate: Could you do it?
On Saturday a friend called me because her brother had kicked her out and she was needing a place to stay. Of course I said yes (even though she’s not someone I know very well) and she came over Saturday night and stayed until Sunday night. While she was here only one night, I actually enjoyed having her around. It was nice to have someone to talk to and spend time with. Mr. Money works 12 hour days and is not around a lot. I got to thinking about taking in a roommate.
We have a three bedroom house for the two of us. Obviously we share a bedroom, have one room as the office, and the other is a guest bedroom. We could rent out that third bedroom and have a little extra money each month. The idea sounds great to me. Unfortunately, I don’t think we would ever actually go through with it unless we desperately needed to instead of losing our house. Here are some of the pros and cons I came up with:
+I’d have someone around to spend time with.
+We’d be bringing in extra income.
+We’d have someone to share the electricity bill, water, cable, internet, etc. with.
-When we have company, we wouldn’t have any where for them to stay.
-I wouldn’t be able to be such a crazy hippie and turn the heat down to 60 degrees, use cloth toilet paper if I wanted, and all the other crazy “green” ideas I come up with.
-It would probably get annoying knowing that they were there all the time and weren’t going home.
-If we get pregnant anytime soon, then we’d could use that room as the nursery.
Of course the cons outweigh the pros, but if we had to do it, I think we could. I think it was an interesting experience at least, and made me think about it seriously.
Could you take in a roommate?