Has anyone done this before? Was it a good experience? What was your arrangement like?
A single mom friend of mine currently has room mates living in her downstairs (bi-level house), and then they share the common areas, such as kitchen and bathroom. They are moving out in the winter and her and I are discussing possibilities for us to become room mates.
I cannot afford to do anything unless I pretty much eliminate childcare. She does want to do childcare swapping, but she is mostly a SAHM, and only works 2-3 overnights as a nurse, so the childcare swap would be very unbalanced as she would end up having my kids a lot more, as I am a WOHM, full time.
She said if her doing that meant I could pay the mortgage, then it wouldn't be unbalanced. If she is unable to find a room mate, she will lose her house.
I have not known her very long, but she has quickly become one of my best friends, and it has been a long time since I've had a local best gal friend that I can go chill with and have play dates with. I really don't want to jeopardize our friendship with a bad room mate situation.
So advice... what sort of things should be discussed before this? What other things should I think about?