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Safety Tips for Choosing a Home

Moving into another person’s established home can be tricky. You need to find a place that meets your needs within your budget and timeframe, not to mention finding a home provider whose personality can mesh well with yours. But don’t let these external factors overshadow your safety. Here are some tips for protecting yourself as you search for a shared home.


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Safety tips for choosing a home

Here are our tips for protecting yourself as you evaluate your home options on HomeShare Online.


Find a home that suits your needs

Use our search filters to identify listings in your desired area and budget. For those that pique your interest, make sure to read through the home provider's profile, listing description, amenities and expectations.


Review the safety features

Check the listing amenities for safety features such as carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.


Don’t be shy about asking questions

Use your HomeShare Online inbox to communicate with home providers and ask them about anything that’s important to you. Homesharing is a very personal decision, and you should have as much information as possible to help you make it.


Always communicate through HomeShare Online

Keep yourself, your money and your personal information safe by staying on our secure platform throughout the entire process of finding a housemate. You should never be asked to wire money, provide credit card information, or otherwise pay a home provider directly. If this happens, please report it to us immediately. Learn more about other red flags to watch out for.


Do a safety check

After you select a place and move in, ask your home provider where the home’s safety and emergency equipment (fire extinguisher(s), first aid kit, etc.) is.


Get help if needed

In an emergency, or if your personal safety is threatened, contact local police or emergency services immediately. For other safety concerns, contact us.


Additional resources

Check out these resources for more information about HomeShare Online safety features and screening your matches.


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