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One of my roommates, which I’ll call Mark(not his real name) moved out on Thursday to take a new job in another state. So as any good roommate would do, the night before, we went out to rock some beers one last time and to celebrate his last day of work at his current job.  Isn’t that a good enough reason to go out for a drink?

Anyway, during the beer rocking and wing eating fest, I asked him what he thought about his experience living in my townhouse.  He said it was “awesome, thing worked out well.”  He also stated “he would of lived here his entire time in CT, if he knew about it.”  As a homeowner, this is a good feeling knowing that your roommates have enjoyed their time here.

It’s nice to get feedback like this.  Renting out a room in your house is a service-based business.  The roommates that you live with you are ultimately customers.  So it’s important to address their needs to keep them and future roommates content.

Roommates Equal Friends?

Although, Mark has lived with friends, he wanted to live a place where roommates don’t have to do everything under the sun together.  He expressed that it was cool that we all had our own lives and did our own thing, but occasionally, we would hang out and rock some beers or order out for some pizza together.  He liked that he didn’t feel obligated to hang out with his roommates.  He further went on and explained that if he lived with one of his friends from work, he felt that they would be hanging and get bored/sick of each other.

For this reason, he wanted to move in with people he didn’t know.  The living experience in my townhouse has provided him with that sense of independence while at the same time his work friends are just a phone call away.

The Room Condition

Mark left the room in good shape minus the dust balls in the corner of the room.  Hey, those dust balls are hard to reach in those pesky corners.  Below is a picture of his former room.  What do you think? Clean.

Empty Bedroom. Almost in move in condition.

Nothing distressed, right?  Rightfully so, I gave Mark back his security deposit in exchange for the keys to my townhouse.

Playing Mailman

If I still get mail for a roommate who has moved out, I normally take any important mail and send it to their new address in a padded envelope.   In this case, Mark told me that he has setup a mail forwarding service with the post office.  So, I shouldn’t be getting any of his mail.

  • Barb January 29, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Hey Mike,

    That is great to here. I appreciate all your advice. I just had my first housemate move out as it was only a one month stint (a 1 month internship at the local hospital). I do have a question for you though in regards to housemates. What do you do if they more stuff than just to fill a bedroom?


    • Mike January 29, 2011, 9:23 pm


      It’s one of the questions you should ask before you let a prospective roommate move in. You just can’t assume their going to move in bedroom type furniture. If a roommate wants to move in a bicycle, I’ll accommodate them by letting them store stuff in the living room or in my basement in the area out of my make shift bedroom area.

      One time I was showing/meeting a prospective roommate my spare bedroom and brought the question up. The glaring thing that scared me was that he was going to move in two (2) 5U rack mount computer towers. I’m mean these things would of used electricity and not to mention carry a hefty price tag. Needless to say, I didn’t choose him as a roommate.



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