Experiences with Homeshare

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Seattle! I recently saw an article online saying how while Seattle doesn’t want to become the next San Francisco in terms of cost of living and housing, a lot of other cities don’t want to become the next Seattle with its rapid rise in cost of living and housing in the recent years.

When I first moved to Seattle from Dallas, I was definitely shocked by how little apartment (and of pretty bad quality) I could get in Seattle with the same amount of money I could pay in Dallas for a nice apartment.

Another problem I had in trying to find a place to live when I first moved to Seattle was that I didn’t know many people in the city who I would want to live with/ask to be my roommates :(.

I tried looking for existing housing situations that I could just join as a roommate or find potential roommates through platforms like Facebook and Craigslist, but most of the listings were either for places that weren’t super great or there were too many roommates or even worse, actually looking for literal roommates (“Looking for someone to share a room with me for $500/mo!” – no).

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Enter Homeshare! I randomly stumbled on their website while looking for affordable housing options in Seattle (I’m pretty sure my Google query was “cheap nice apartments Seattle” and it ended more as a question than a demand), and I am really glad that I found their site!

To put it simply, Homeshare is a company that partners with luxury apartments in cities that are known for high cost of living, specifically luxury apartments that have a lot of common spaces and amenities, and lower the rent for everyone in the apartment by putting a partition in the living room and renting it out as a bedroom. This helps subsidize the rent for everyone in the apartment, since now 3 people are sharing the rent cost of a 2 person apartment.

Each type of room has a different monthly rent, with the partitioned room (or what Homeshare calls the “converted” room) being the cheapest and the master bedroom (the bedroom with a bathroom) being the most expensive.

Homeshare also provides roommate matching, where they ask everyone to fill out a living habit and roommate preference questionnaire. Once they get your questionnaire response, they try their best to match you with roommates who are of similar personalities or has similar interests as you.

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Batik Apartments

Thanks to Homeshare, I was able to find some roommates that I ended up getting along pretty well with, and a really nice apartment that I definitely enjoy living in. My two favorite things about the situation is are that I get to live in an apartment that’s really nice but also super close to work, and I don’t pay that much in monthly rent ❤ !

If you’re someone who wouldn’t mind (or even enjoy) living with random people and want to pay affordable rent for a nice apartment, then I definitely recommend checking out Homeshare and signing up for a tour (<– this is my referral link for Homeshare)!

Homeshare currently has apartments in these locations:

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If you have any questions or want to hear more about my experience at using Homeshare, leave me a comment! 🙂

 

 

UPDATE: Homeshare no longer provides bill payments through their Portal, announcement that was fairly abrupt. They have also had other experiences with being very disorganized and unprofessional, so as such I would not recommend it as much as I previously did.

Guinea Pig Facts!

The past week I’ve been petsitting my coworker’s guinea pigs named Ginger and Pumpkin while he’s away on his honeymoon.

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Ginger (on the left) and Pumpkin (on the right)

They generally get along pretty well except when Ginger exerts her dominance over Pumpkin to get to food first or push Pumpkin out of a spot Ginger wants to be in 😀

Here are some interesting facts about guinea pigs!

 

They get lonely when they’re kept alone.

In the wild, guinea pigs usually travel in large herds and are very social creatures. When you only have one guinea pig as a pet, unless you have a ton of time to socialize with your pet (or even if you do), your guinea pig may become lonely because they are missing the companionship of other guinea pig friends! I used to have a single guinea named Spuddy, who I adopted from the local shelter but eventually had to return because he became depressed being alone and I wasn’t at home often enough to really keep him company :(.

 

They eat a lot

Guinea pigs loooove to eat. The most active Ginger and Pumpkin will get is when they hear the sound of rustling bags or the fridge opening, both sounds that indicate food might be on its way. When they hear these kinds of sounds they start squeaking really loudly and run around their cage, which is fun to watch but also kind of lame because I wish they would get excited to just spend time with me – ~ – .

Guinea pigs really like eating hay (suggested amount is an “endless supply”), leafy greens such as lettuce or cabbage, and the occasional sweet treat such as sweet potato or a small piece of fruit. Watching them eat is quite cute and gives me a sense of satisfaction, hahaha.

 

They are considered good first pets for kids or people new to small animals. 

Guinea pigs don’t usually bite, unless they feel super threatened or are uncomfortable and uses biting as a last resort, so they’re generally considered good first pets for people new to small animals. They are also relatively low maintenance compared to a dog or a cat, and I don’t think allergies to guinea pigs are as common as allergies to dogs or cats, which might be an important factor for some people when considering alternative options for pets.

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Pumpkin and Ginger love lettuce! 

My coworker gets back from his honeymoon in a week, so he’ll be picking Ginger and Pumpkin up soon, but in the meantime I’ll enjoy watching them eat their bodyweight in food and feeding them little fruit treats 🙂 !