Home-mate—a person you like and respect whose way of living is enough compatible with yours that you are comfortable sharing a home.
It’s a big transition. It’s even bigger if you are used to living alone. The truth is we like our lives to be predictable and comfortable. As we get older this tendency gets stronger. We like our ways and don’t want to change. Change is uncomfortable. It’s pretty common to avoid it until the current situation is so uncomfortable that we are motivated to do something about it.
There are significant benefits to having a home-mate.
Do you know this already? Have you arrived here looking for help? Or are you unconvinced? You may be really unsure or even resistant to the idea. You may have landed on this page because you are exploring.
Are these your questions about sharing housing?
- How to do it?
- How to be safe?
- What if it doesn’t work out?
- How do I find someone I can live with?
All of these questions are real. There are resources on this website to help you answer them and move forward.
- The articles section is full of how-to’s and interviews of people who are sharing housing, how they do it and the benefits that they experience.
- The book describes the process and answers many of these questions. Worksheets first published in the book are available for download.
- The Home-mate Compatibility Assessment Toolkit helps individuals focus on the important areas of compatibility and conduct this essential conversation so that it is more comfortable and fun.
Sharing housing is a good way to live.
People need people. We all need human connection. It is as natural to us as breathing—really.
Having a home-mate can help you live a life that is more comfortable, connected, and cheaper. It’s healthier. It’s also more sustainable. The benefits of sharing housing are significant.
You might want to read the Preface and Introduction to the book, Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates. Get your copy of the Preface and Introduction..
Have you come to the right place? Are you like any of these people?