Welcome to the Sharing Housing website!
Here you will find all things related to finding and keeping good home-mates.
If this is your first time visiting our website, then the first thing you’ll want to do is pick up a free copy of my special report , The 5 Questions You Must Ask to Guarantee You Won’t be Living with a Psycho! All you have to do is enter your name and email address and I’ll send your free copy straight to your email inbox.
I’m Annamarie Pluhar and I help self-reliant adults who are struggling with making ends meet find financial ease and those who want community to create it.
Some people love living alone. I am not one of them. For this reason I’ve shared housing with what I call “former strangers” for over 20 years of my adult life. It never even occurred to me to think because I am an adult I should live alone. That does not make any sense to me at all.
People need people. We all need human connection.
So when you are single, or find yourself suddenly single, what can you do?
Have a home-mate.
There are four good reasons.
- Housing costs are high. Everywhere. You can save literally thousands of dollars by sharing the cost of housing.
- Tasks. Keeping a home maintained is a lot of work. Sharing the tasks (or using the additional money to hire help) eases the efforts required. For older people, having a younger person who can do things that were once easy might enable them to stay in the homes.
- Sustainability. Clearly two (or more) people living under one roof are using less of the earths resources.
- And what is most important to me, sharing housing provide companionship. When you live alone its really easy to become socially isolated. You have to have lots of extroverted energy to keep a social calendar and make plans with friends to see them. It can be exhausting. People who have families never notice how having someone at home who asks, “How was your day?” lifts the spirits.
Money, company, tasks, sustainability.
Each of them alone a good reason for a home-mate, together a really winning combination.
There’s lots of helpful stuff on this site. Please explore it.
If there is one thing you can do now, buy the book Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates your do-it-yourself guide that contains everything about the process to follow, what you need to plan, what questions to ask a potential home-mate, how to write an ad, and much much more. I wrote to be simple and easy to follow. There are worksheets you can download.
The book will give you confidence. People tell me that they are constantly returning to it as their go-to resource.
P.S. Do you know someone who struggles with the financial burden of paying for it all by themselves? or maybe someone who already knows that they would like more company at home but don’t know how to make it happen? Please forward this information. It could be the beginning of a new life for them.