You’ve heard the phrase “there’s an app for that”. As young professionals, empty nesters, and college students move into their new apartments this fall, hundreds of new roommates will be shaking hands in their new Columbus Ohio apartments.
Living with roommates can be a wonderful experience: the best-case scenario is having built-in friends that can help you with houseplants and pets, with whom you can cook dinner, go grocery shopping, and hit the town. But navigating the roommate relationship can sometimes be tricky. How can you best remember when it’s your turn to take out the trash or vacuum? How do you become the best roommate possible? How can you best communicate with each other, even with crazy schedules? In this blog article, we explore the best digital apps that can make your roommate relationship stronger than ever.
Find the Best Roommates for your Columbus Ohio Apartment: Roomi or Roomie Match
Whether you’re looking for your next best friend or simply someone with whom to split the bills, Roomi’s got you covered. Roomi’s verified app allows you to find someone to rent your Columbus Ohio apartment with, whether it’s just for a few months or all year long. Breathe easier with Roomi’s background checks, so you know you’re renting with someone you can trust. Roomi’s In-App Messaging allows you to swap contact info and keep roommate conversations confidential.
Roomie Match is another great resource for finding roommates, with an extra premium on security. In the off-chance you’re worried that your roommate will be a nocturnal vampire out to steal your stuff, Roomie Match has real humans screen every single roommate listing.
According to the Roomie Match Website, “Anyone raising our scam, spam, or scum red flags will be immediately eliminated before they get to you.” This way, you can “Fend off scammers, sidestep the scumbags, avoid total nitwits, and say no to spambots” and find your next favorite Taco Tuesday partner instead.
Venmo or Cash App: An Easy Way to Pay Each Other
When you live with someone, cash exchanges hands on the regular. Your roomie might owe you for a round of beers. You might owe your roomie for picking up your favorite cereal at the grocery store. Or you might decide to just send your roommate money through an app like Venmo or Cash App every month before rent is due.
Venmo is a super easy way to make and share payments with friends, colleagues, and family members. By easily linking your bank account or debit card, you can start sending money immediately. Our favorite part of Venmo? It makes paying friends and roomies fun by allowing you to add a little message. “Thanks for the wine!” or “For cleaning the carpet after that spill” can be fun ways to share a smile.
The Cash App is a little more bare-bones, but it’s perfect for people who want to pay and go. Send money instantly and even save money at your local favorite coffee shops and restaurants by taking advantage of Cash App points.
Looking for the perfect Columbus apartment to share with roommates? Click this link to explore our most spacious apartments in the Short North, Italian Village, Victorian Village, and beyond. We have apartments and houses that feature two or more bedrooms and that are walking distance to the best Columbus has to offer.
Avoid Buying Too Much Milk: Wunderlist or OurGroceries
Chances are that you and your roommate share the same kitchen… and the same fridge. Instead of buying doubles, sync up via the Wunderlist app! Wunderlist helps keep you and your roommate on the same page by allowing you to share grocery lists, shopping lists, or managing that patio decorating project. According to the Wunderlist website, “Organize and share your to-do, work, grocery, movies, and household lists. No matter what you’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it super easy to get stuff done.” Complete with due dates and reminders, Wunderlist can ensure that you and your roomies are always on the same page, even if you’re not in the same store.
Looking for an app that just handles groceries? Look no further than the OurGroceries app, which allows you to “keep your grocery lists instantly synchronized on all the smartphones in your household.” Why we love it? It’s free! (And you can remind your roomie to pick up more dish soap without even texting her!)
Know Whose Turn it is to Take Out the Trash: Any.do or Chore Buster
One of the biggest challenges that roommates face is knowing how to work together to get basic household chores done. The Any.do app makes it easy to organize your life – and your household – with just a couple clicks. Color code your chores, assign tasks, and keep a full calendar of around-the-apartment things to get done, whether that be paying the electric bill or deep cleaning the bathroom. Set reminders too, so you never bum out your roomie by forgetting to take out the trash ever again.
For a more chore-focused app, check out Chore Buster. With simple features, it makes it easier to spend less time on the app so you can actually get the job done. Set a chore schedule between you and your roommates, receive daily or weekly reminder emails to “Take out the trash!” or “Pay rent!” and then reap rewards at the end of the week based on chores completed. It’s a fun way to keep score and turn chores into a game.
Spacious, Two-and-More Bedroom Apartments in Columbus Ohio that are Perfect for Roommates
Living with roommates can spell the beginning of a lifelong friendship. You have a built-in friend, someone to share drinks with at the end of a long workday, someone to hit up the local brunch joint, and someone to make sure the dog has enough food in her bowl before heading off to work. Here at Lykens, we have plenty of sunny, spacious apartments across Columbus so you can live harmoniously with your roommates. Click here to discover our hottest apartments in Columbus today! Our friendly staff members are always happy to help you find the perfect apartment in Victorian Village, by the Ohio State Campus, and beyond.
Now, a bit about Lykens Companies…
With 20 years (and counting) of experience, we believe that Lykens Companies is just getting started on its mission to offer Columbus hundreds of premier apartments, rentals, and renovations. Each day, we are driving toward constantly expanding and improving our business and bettering Columbus, the city we love. For our renters, that means that they are connected to a proven business that is always striving to be the best. Our success isn’t an accident. We are constantly striving to improve our quality, both in the buildings that we renovate, reimagine, and rent out; moreover, we are striving to improve in the way that our business operates. For you, that means the best units and the best service in the best locations.
As we invest our time, money, and energy into the Short North, Victorian Village, Italian Village, and other parts of Columbus’s urban core, it’s nothing short of amazing to step back and see how much we’re able to impact our city, whether that looks like renovating apartments, houses, or even factories like the Wonder Bread Lofts and the forthcoming Budd Dairy project: a full scale reimagining of an old dairy factory into a Cameron Mitchell food hall and state-of-the-art coworking space.
If you’re looking to rent in Columbus, Ohio’s urban core, you’ve come to the right place. We’re confident that it doesn’t get better than us when it comes to finding the absolute best apartments and rentals in Columbus.
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