When you are lucky enough to find a roommate who you enjoy having around, there is no need to move on from them when you are ready to leave your apartment. It's common for roommates to look for a new home together, and you and your roommate may enlist the help of a real estate agent. The real estate agent can show you homes for sale, so you and your roommate can decide if it's a good fit for you. Be sure to keep these tips in mind when house hunting with your roommate.
Tip #1: Try to Come Up with a List of Things You Both Want in a Home
As you likely learned early in life or at least early into your experiences with roommates, compromise is a way of life when you live with other people. Try to work out a list of house features your new home must have. These should be prominent features or amenities that you and your roommate both desire.
Tip #2: Make Communication a Priority
Talk to your roommate about the search for the right house. Express your thoughts and feelings throughout the process in a calm, caring way. If you don't like an house, it's better to peel the band-aid off and express how you feel from the start. Otherwise, you could waste your roommate's time as well as your own. Communicate your thoughts and feelings even when you're afraid that they will be offensive.
Tip #3: Keep Your Sense of Humor Going
Make sure that you and your roommate don't take yourselves or the house hunting process too seriously. There is plenty of room for hilarity as you make your way in and out of other people's living spaces in the hunt for the ideal house. You don't have to crack jokes, but you should try to find the humor in a situation instead of its drama.
Tip #4: Take the Initiative for Finding a Place
If you and your roommate are both very busy, it can be hard to coordinate time to find a place together. You may take the initiative by scoping out possible places, then letting your roommate know which ones you think you both may like. Your roommate will likely appreciate your hard work and make a strong effort to check out the potential houses in a timely manner.
Finally, keep in mind that your roommate may like some homes that you dislike, but that is okay. You two should have equal say in your new home, so keep looking for your ideal home. The more time you put into your search for a new home, the faster you will likely be able to find a place you can agree on.