Welcome to Brooklyn! Many people dream of moving to the big apple and having a space of their own, but you may be surprised to learn that more and more people are choosing to live with roommates than ever before. Brooklynites prefer to save money by not pouring their entire income into rent. Here are a few reasons why having roommates is one of the best ways to live in Brooklyn.
Convenience of Live-In Friends
Living with roommates can be a a built-in social circle for cooking dinners, movie nights, and solid support for those times when New York living isn’t easy. Even if you’re not close with your roommates, it’s always nice to have someone around.
You’ll Have Help
Imagine the amount of things you wouldn’t have to do if you had a roommate. Cleaning the whole apartment from top to bottom, separating the garbage and the recycling, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom and handling all problems with the super. A native New Yorker or not, nobody wants to be the only one unclogging drains.
Having a rotation of people handling chores will free up time that you would have spent maintaining the apartment, and will give you more time to get out and enjoy your new Brooklyn neighborhood. Not to mention, there will be someone there to take care of your pet, water your plants and collect your mail when you’re out of town.
You’ll be splitting your monthly rent depending on the amount of roommates you have, but that’s not all. You will also have the opportunity to split the utilities and furnish the apartment. Also, you can splurge on cable/internet, which you may not be able to afford if you didn’t have a group to share the cost.
You Can Get A Bigger Apartment
Just because your budget for a room might be in a lower price range, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to live in a tiny apartment. Naturally living with roommates means have a larger space to accommodate more people. Plus, having a bigger apartment usually comes with more amenities. You may have access to a backyard, roof or balcony for entertaining guests. The space may also feature a washer/dryer in-unit, dishwasher or a media/fitness room as a building perk.
If you decide to live with roommates, make sure to vet the applicants. We’ve all heard, or have, horror stories of a normal roommate that became crazier with time. Check out our Roommates page to let us help you find great, potential roommates to eliminate the headaches that may come with the roommate search! Get the process started online or with one of our neighborhood specialists.
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