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Looking for a new way to lower home expenses and considering taking on one or more housemates?

Your soon-to-be Golden Girls Home may already be the most inviting place in the world for your future housemates. However, many of our homes need a little work. Walk outside, turn around, and walk in again, pretending that this is the first time you have ever walked through the door. What would you do to make it a more inviting home for you?

First Impressions:

– Sweep the walkway free of leaves.
– Make sure the entry is reasonably free of clutter.
– Check to ensure stair railings are securely fastened.
– Consider – Does your home have inviting lighting and cheerful decorations?
– Make sure the home smells good. No pet or dirty carpet odors!
– Change the front door lock if you have had housemates in the past.

The Bedroom: 

A housemate will need a room large enough for a full- to queen-size bed, at least one nightstand, a dresser, a desk, and a small table or TV stand. They will need a medium-to-large closet to hold not only their clothing and shoes, but also personal keepsakes.

– Consider clearing out a room and renting it unfurnished.
– If you are renting the room furnished, put a neutral bedspread on the bed with attractive pillows. Otherwise, have minimal decorations.
– Bring in professionals to shampoo the carpet.
– Give the walls a fresh, neutral-colored coat of paint.
– Check the windows. Are the curtains or shades attractive and functional? Are the screens in good condition?
– Provide and air-conditioning unit and/or space heater. Everyone likes temperatures slightly different.
– Fill nail holes from previously hung pictures or art, and consider allowing your housemate to hang pictures.
– If you have two smaller rooms with small closets, consider renting them both together to allow your housemate to use one as a sitting room and the other as a bedroom.

The Bathroom: 

A private bath is a big plus when looking for a housemate. If it is necessary for the bathroom to be shared, make sure the morning schedules are compatible.

– Clean the bathroom and make sure it smells good.
– Ensure you have adequate towel bars and bathroom hooks.
– Water pressure is important! Improve it if necessary.
– Provide a place to store toiletries, tissues, and towels.
– Furnish a shower curtain, rug, waste basket, plunger, and toilet bowl scrubber.

The Kitchen:

– Make sure your kitchen is clean and the counters are clutter free.
– Provide two or three shelves in an easy-to-reach cabinet to store just the housemate’s goods.
– Provide one shelf in the refrigerator and freezer for your housemate’s exclusive use.
– Decide if you’re willing to share your dishes, utensils, bowls, gadgets, storage containers, and other kitchen. If not, is there room for your housemate’s kitchen supplies?
– Pack away or store on top shelves any special dishes, expensive appliances, or anything that you don’t want used on a regular basis.

The Rest:

– If you have valuables in your home — expensive rugs, artwork, jewelry, heirlooms, treasured antique furniture, or something very special to you – either pack these things away, put them in a safe place, or put them in your private bedroom. It is a rule of the universe that your favorite thing always gets broken or soiled first!
– Provide cable TV service and an Internet connection.
– Make sure there is a spot – in the driveway or on the street – for your housemate to park a car.

Take notice of these details in your home and you will be sure to provide a welcoming residence to a lucky Golden Girl or Guy!

Excerpt from “The Golden Girls Network Workbook” by Bonnie Moore. For more info or your own copy click here. - See more at:

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After a 2008 divorce left Bonnie Moore living alone in a newly remodeled five-bedroom home, she searched for and found four great roommates to fill the empty bedrooms. The experience was so transformational that Moore embarked on a new career dedicated to helping 50+ adults ease their way into shared living. As founder of Golden Girls Network, she has written a book titled How to Start a Golden Girls Home and teaches classes on the same topic.  For more information about Bonnie, please visit You can also join her on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenGirlsNet.


Jason Hopkins (not verified)

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