We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.
Getting a roommate allows you to get a break on your rent, as well as have some company if you live alone. While there are a lot of benefits to having a roommate, you might feel a little uncomfortable sharing your home with someone else. Here are some essential safety and security tips to keep in mind when you intend to get a roommate.
Run a Full Background Check
No matter how trustworthy someone appears, you should never let them rent a room in your home without finding out about their past. Run a credit check and background check to start with. The credit check gives their score and provides information about their financial responsibility. With the background check, it will tell you where they have lived previously, what their employment is, and whether or not they have ever been arrested for a crime. In addition to these checks, it is also a good idea to ask for references and actually call them.
Don't Give Away Personal Information on the Ad
It is tempting to write a detailed ad looking for a roommate that goes over a lot personal information, but try not to include every pertinent detail. The information you give provides dishonest people all the information they need to possibly steal from you or worse. For example, there is no reason to tell people you are a certain gender that lives alone and earns a certain amount of money each month. These details could make you a target for an intruder or someone who is let in your home during an interview to be a roommate, then robs you because based on the fact that you live alone, they think it will be easy to steal from you.
Lock Up Your Valuables
When you do choose someone to be your roommate, take an extra precautionary step by securing all of your valuables. No longer should you leave your precious and most valuable jewelry items on your dresser in the jewelry box. Take your most valuable items and cash and put them in a safe, keeping the key away from your regular keyring. You want to hide the key somewhere that isn't easy for the roommate to find if you're not at home. Another good idea is to get a safe with a digital code that you enter.
Have the Locks Changed When They Move Out
There will come a time when your roommate moves out, and safety doesn't stop here. It is also a good idea to change the locks when they move out by calling up a locksmith as soon as possible. Even though the roommate probably returned their keys, there is no telling how many copies they made or if they lost one of their copies and someone else might have gotten it.Share
19 August 2016