If there's anything we at BrickUnderground have learned from a collective two decades of living in every possible roommate configuration—with best friends, strangers, men, women, college students, freelancers, clockwatchers, hardcore partiers, homebodies and more—it's that a lack of information can ruin an otherwise peaceful home.
Hence the all-important Roommate Interview to see if you'll be simpatico sharing close quarters. It's a must for any candidate, whether they responded to an online ad or are a friend of a friend. (It's even a good idea for childhood buddies—the better to suss out potential problems.) You'll want to be thoughtful about what you ask: too hands-off and you won't get the info you need; too nosy and you may scare them away.
Behold BrickUnderground's roommate questionnaire, with 20 queries that will get at the heart of an interviewee's lifestyle without being unnecessarily intrusive (or running afoul of discrimination laws). The point is to find out if you're a match made in, yes, heaven so the next year won't be a nightmare.