Home Sharing: The Basic Idea

A homeowner with a spare bedroom (a host) invites someone (a housemate) to share the house, in exchange for a little rent, some help around the house, companionship, or some combination.

That’s it.

A homeshare host offers a private bedroom and shared common space in exchange for rent, help around the home, or a combination of the two.

Whether you own or rent your home, if you have a spare bedroom, you can be a homeshare host. Our screening process focuses on your safety and security. We work to find the most compatible match based on your interests, needs, and lifestyle.

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Types of Homeshares

Rent Only

If you are looking for some extra cash to stretch your monthly budget but don’t need a housemate to do chores, we can help you find just the right person to share your home.

Some Tasks Provided

If you are looking for a housemate who can offer extra help around the house in exchange for some or all of the rent, we can find a match. Housemates provide an average of 6-8 hours of service a week plus pay a small rent or help with utility bills. When we meet with you, we will discuss what a fair exchange might be for the tasks you want help with.

Services someone sharing your home might perform include:

  • Rides to appointments/errands
  • Snow shoveling/yard work
  • Help with computer
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Pet care
  • Gutter cleaning
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Our Process: Screening & Matching

Background Checks and References

We will conduct background checks and up to four reference checks.

Interview

We will visit you in your home to learn more about your interests and lifestyle.

Match Search

We will tell you about candidates who might be a fit. When you would like to meet one of them, we will schedule a meeting in your home.

Trial Match

Once you and a candidate agree to consider a match, there is a two-week trial period.

Match Agreement

If both of you agree to a match after the trial, we will help you create an agreement outlining mutual expectations, such as those listed below.

Ongoing Support

We will stay in regular contact with you throughout the life of the match. We will be available if needs change or issues arise.

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To participate in the program, all applicants must have:

  • No criminal record history or pending charges of crimes against person or property
  • No substantiated case of abuse of any kind
  • Four references who can recommend you for the program and speak to your lifestyle and character. Those looking for housing must also have positive landlord references.

Written Agreements: Sample Considerations

Sharing Tasks, Space, and Things

  • What areas of the home will be shared and what areas will be private?
  • Who is responsible for household tasks?
  • Laundry? Storage space?

Money

  • How much is the rent; when is it due?
  • Are utilities included in the rent?
  • Buy food together?

Habits and Preferences

  • Daily life (work, sleep, wake-up, and bathroom schedules)?
  • Temperature preferences?
  • Smoking? Pets? Noise level? Alcohol use?
  • Television habits?

Meals

  • Eat together? Schedule?
  • Shopping and meal preparation?
  • Kitchen privileges?
  • Use of refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and kitchen storage space?

Emergency Contacts

  • Number(s) to call in case of emergency?

Beginning and Ending

  • How long will homesharing agreement last?
  • How much notice is needed to terminate the homesharing agreement?

Getting Started

Download an Application Form: