How can you really tell if your roommate will be a good match for you and them for you.  Its one thing to be able to hang or with someone every once in awhile. Remember that you will be spending a lot of time with this person. You will be sharing the same space with them and maybe even the same bathroom. We all want to have that piece of mind that we will be able to get along with them and avoid any major confrontations and conflicts. 

 Read on to find out some suggestions you can use to determine how you can increase your chances of finding a compatible roommate.

 Have A Conversation

 The first step you will need to take is to sit down and have a conversation with them.  If your potential roommate expresses discomfort and is somewhat defensive, then this should be a red flag.  You really want to take the time to have thorough talk and even have them fill out a roommate form.

 You can find some great questionnaires online.  Think about what things your most concerned with. Do you like a quiet environment? Does it matter to you if the dishes start to pile up with this start to bother you. If your a very clean person you may clash with someone who is a little more lax.  

 Don’t forget to talk about guests. You probably wouldn’t be happy if they had guests who stayed over for expended periods of time and slept on the couch

 Ask For Referrals

 Chances are your potential roommate will have lived with someone else in the past. If they haven’t then they should be able to provide someone who is aware of their history. If they are unable to provide anyone who you can speak with, you might even want to check their credit report.  Remember that if they balk it might be time to consider other applicants.

 If you decide to run a credit report or check their background, be sure you use a reliable company. You can find many of these on the Internet. 

 Be sure to put something down in writing so everyone is on the same page.