Housemate Tips

How to Be the Best Renter

Sharing someone’s home is a beautiful thing (we know, that sounds a little cheesy, but it’s true). So if you want to get into your favorite listings, here’s how to increase your chances of a match and how to overjoy your homeowner all along the way.

Honesty Rules

Decide on your deal-breakers and be clear about them from the start. Stuff like pets, smoking, needing a private entrance, amenities, willingness to trade around-the-house help for reduced rent, etc. The more flexible you are, the more matches will open up—but make sure you’re 100% comfortable with the things you say are a-okay. Also, read the nest descriptions carefully so you don’t apply to ones that won’t work for you.

Get Connected

Sign up for Silvernest using Facebook as a way to increase your matchability and use your social network to your advantage.

Be Prepared

Have some personal references at the ready in case a homeowner requests them. Also, it’s a good idea to have video chat available should that be your homeowner’s preferred interview method, which we strongly recommend. Video calls are both personal and totally safe: the perfect combination for first-time meetings. If your homeowner requests an in-person interview, consider having a friend or family member standing by to tag along.

Stay Smart

For your security, only communicate with homeowners through Silvernest. This not only protects you from fraud, but also keeps all of your conversations in one place and right at your fingertips.

Rent: Check!

Silvernest allows you to complete all related financial transactions and even process rent payments on our secure and fully integrated online platform. Your rent will be paid on time, every time. No muss, no fuss.

Know Your Homeowner

After you move in, it’s a good idea to exchange emergency contact information and any critical health conditions so you know what’s what in a 911 situation.

Nice and Tidy

When you move in, you and your homeowner are in it together. So it goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that you should keep your space clean, follow the house rules and be respectful of the space you two now share.

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