What sort of a housemate are you?

by Estelle Nagel
What sort of a housemate are you?

Sharing a house or digs is all the rage lately, especially for students and young professionals. There are endless positives to having roommates, like split bills, more affordable rent, a bigger property, safety in numbers and of course, making friends.

But where can you find the perfect house share for you at the click of a button? Gumtree. With Gumtree giving you the ability to choose your desired location, rental, preferred gender, and number of bathrooms, soon you’ll be living up the perks of sharing. You can refine your search even further by selecting whether or not you’re a smoker. With such a customized search, you’re bound to find the perfect house share.

With all our experience in finding the perfect places to live for all types of people, we’ve noticed a thing or two about housemates. Like everything in life, there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. What sort of housemate are you? Check out the infographic below to find out if you’re one of the eight most likely people you’ll meet in a house share – or maybe you’re more like the four interesting and proudly South African housemates that follow.

The Daddy’s Girl / Momma’s Boy

The Daddy’s Girl or Momma’s boy is constantly on the phone to their parents. They’re never broke and they’re always willing to treat you and your fellow housemates to a delicious meal bought with love using their fully-loaded Woolworths card.

They may be quite emotional, but they’re also quite reliable and always willing to help. The best thing about a daddy’s girl/ momma’s boy is that they genuinely care about how your day was (or at least, their parents do).

One note:  some of the Daddy’s Girl/Momma’s Boy housemate species also have several traits found in The Other Half, The Borrowing One, and The Posh One found on the infographic.

The Animal Rescuer

The Animal Rescuer is always saving animals, small or big. They’re constantly sharing posts on Facebook about animals in need of homes, and they pull over wildly anytime they see an animal without an owner within five metres.  When there’s a spider in the house, do they squash them? Of course not. They take pains – sometimes literally – to catch and release the adorable arachnid back into the wild, no harm done.

Although what this person brings home next is completely unpredictable and you may end up with a menagerie of animals in need, The Animal Rescuer makes you feel good just knowing that people like them exist, and they give you hope for a better tomorrow. This do-gooder may be the lazy one around the house, but they’re saving the world one animal at a time.

The Parental Figure

A loving bordering on lethal combination of The Very Tidy One and The Ghost Writer, The Parental Figure is the boss of bosses! Never mind chatting to parents on the phone – the housemate is the parent.

When you need advice, when you’re in a pickle, when all of your friends are too immature to deal, this person will be your knight in shining armour. OK, yes, some of the advice is unsolicited. Of course it is – after all, they’re apparently a ‘parent’. But they take out the trash, do the dishes, and make sure everyone holds their own when it comes to running a clean and tidy home. Although they totally get on your nerves sometimes, without them it’s likely everything will fall apart. Like parents.

The Loud One

The Loud One is a party wrapped up in one, brightly-dressed package. Combining traits of The Borrowing One and The Musical One, this species often is a whole lot of things in one – and at once. They always know where the coolest happenings are happening, and they’ll never turn you down when you’re looking for some fun. No matter what you feel like doing, this person will be keen to join in and liven it up even more.

Although you may not feel like a party at 8 AM on a Sunday morning, the amount of fun you had the night before was totally worth it. And hey, don’t forget about all the quiet time you get at night when this person is out on the town.

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