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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 10/3/2017

Itís true. Some friends are closer than relatives. Friends support you while youíre navigating through your lifeís toughest challenges. Theyíre the people you invite to your birthday parties, graduations, baby showers, holiday celebrations and weddings. Youíd be hard pressed to think of a lot of times when your best friends werenít either present or among the first people that you called and told about the experiences. So, itís not surprising that a friend has asked if they can move in with you. But, how should you respond?

Get real with yourself before you let a friend move into your house

State laws govern how long someone must live with you before they are considered to be a legal resident. One thing that can cause someone to be viewed as a legal resident at your house is whether or not the person receives personal mail at your address. Check with your local government before you tell a friend that itís okay for her to move in with you.

Ask your friend about his sleeping habits. If your friend works from home, find out what his work hours are? For example, does your friend start working at five oíclock in the morning or does your friend stay in bed until noon?

If your friend played music loudly during your younger years, factor that into your decision. You may have changed and now turn your music down. But, that doesnít mean that your friend listens to her music at a reasonable volume.

Think back to how your friend behaved around pets. This is a must if you have pets. Your friend moving into your house may not work if your friend is afraid of the type of pet that you have. For example, some people are afraid of dogs. Other people are afraid of cats, perceiving cats to be too mysterious.

Deciding to let a friend move into your house might not be a good idea

Discuss your friend moving into your house with your children. If a lot of time has passed since you last spent an extended period of time with your friend in person, hang out with your friend around children. Observe how your friend responds to children, especially when children are upset or impatient.

It goes without saying that you need to discuss your friend moving into your home with your spouse before you give your friend the green light. Let your spouse express her views about the move free of pressure. Donít try to sell your spouse on the move. After all, your spouse could raise important issues about your friend moving into your home that you hadnít thought about.

If a friend moves in with you, it could change your entire relationship with that friend. Youíll learn about each otherís habits, including your cleanliness, sleeping and work habits. Youíll also gain insight into each otherís hidden, personal struggles.In a way, itís similar to getting married. Think about the pros and cons associated with living with someone before you give your friend a set of keys to your house. It could save your friendship.




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