Food for Thought: An Introduction to Homesharing for Homeowners

Choosing to share your home with someone can be a big decision, and finding the right housemate is an important part of ensuring your comfort and happiness.

Once you’ve decided to homeshare, how do you connect with a good match?

It’s tempting to jump onto websites with large forums for housing, or to ask around in your social network for leads. While the first person you see online or your neighbor’s brother-in-law’s best friend may seem like a fine fit, you don’t want to be surprised on move-in day! While these might be good places to start, you deserve the opportunity to find someone that you’re truly compatible with. That means someone who is a good match for your lifestyle and your personality.

Below are 5 reasons that going through a roommate matching service, like Odd Couples Housing, can benefit you.

1. Explore your Options

There’s no need to limit your roommate search to your immediate community when you can connect to our diverse network of Seekers throughout the region. Your home listing on Odd Couples Housing is viewable by all of our seekers, so you can connect with a wide range of people looking for housing from the comfort of your home computer.

Plus, there’s no need for you to hunt for the perfect roommate. On Odd Couples Housing the seekers come to you. You’ll have an organized Match page where you can view the Seekers who requested to meet you. All you need to do is review their profiles and decide if you want to meet them. We’ve replaced the endless clicking and scrolling with a simple system that puts you in charge!

2. Don’t Forget the Details

The Matching Questionnaire you fill out on your profile is designed to help you find a housemate that will be a good fit for you and your lifestyle. For example, if you’re allergic to cats, you’ll never be matched with a Seeker who has three kittens! Or if you strongly prefer a roommate who doesn’t smoke, we’ll be sure to only send people who don’t smoke your way. When you fill out your profile, you provide us with the information we need to find Seekers who are more likely to be compatible with you.

3. The Ins and Outs of Homesharing

If you’ve never lived with a roommate, or if it’s been in a while, it can be hard to know how to approach the process of living with another person again. You may feel excited to have a housemate, but unsure about how to set you both up for success. Our Matching Team provides guidance on topics you may want to address with a potential housemate. We can help you think through what questions you might want to ask in an initial meeting, how to approach expense-sharing, and even how to coordinate move-in!

Having the Match Team to support you as you move forward with this exciting process is an important reassurance for many homeowners.

4. Discounted Background Checks

You’ll have the opportunity to meet Seekers in person or through video chat before deciding if you’d like to move forward with a match. Some of our Homeowners prefer to know even more about a Seeker before they move in. One way to learn more about a person is through a formal background check. Odd Couples Housing partners with a background screening specialist, to provide discounted background checks to participants.

5. Enthusiasm

People look for a variety of things for their housing—convenient location, affordable price, comfortable space. While these are important components of housing, with homesharing, there is another important piece: the relationship.

The Seekers from OCH are not just looking for a place to live. Many of them are looking to build a friendship and learn from you. Some of our Seekers are international students who are motivated to learn about American culture and practice their English. Many others are young professionals who want a friendly place to call home. With Odd Couples Housing, you can find someone who is as excited about intergenerational housing as you are!

We’re so glad you’re here and we can’t wait to help you start your homesharing journey!