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The Benefits of House Sharing for Seniors

Updated: Jul 1

Seniors enjoying each other's company


The Benefits of House Sharing for Seniors


By Katta Mapes, Realtor®  SRES, CPRES


The Walter Team at Diamondback Real Estate will rattle the market FOR you

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Recently in an open house, two lovely women came to visit the home. One of them had a brilliant idea – she invited her friend from out of state to move in with her. How exciting is that! She mentioned she was looking forward to having a companion to "pal around with." Let's explore the benefits of house sharing and why it might be a great option for you.



Imagine having someone to chat with over your morning coffee, to watch your favorite TV shows with, or even to share a meal or two. Companionship is truly invaluable, and it can make a world of difference in your day-to-day life. It can lessen feelings of loneliness, which, believe it or not, can be considered a health risk. Studies have shown that social interactions and connections are essential for our overall well-being.


Health & Safety

As we age, health and safety become increasingly important considerations. Living with a housemate can provide peace of mind knowing that someone will be there in case of a fall, illness, or any other emergency. Having a companion at home can also help you notice physical changes in each other, remind you of medications, and improve overall safety. Knowing that you're not alone can lead to better sleep and a sense of security in your daily life.


Share the Load

But that's not all – sharing your home with another person can also help you in practical ways. Say goodbye to shouldering all the household expenses and chores by yourself. Splitting the bills, grocery shopping duties, and cleaning tasks can make life a lot easier and more manageable. Plus, having someone to lend a hand can lighten the load and make daily life more enjoyable.


Creating a Shared Home

If you're considering house sharing, think about the type of environment you'd like to create. You can find someone around your age to share a house with, invite friends to join you if the space allows, or explore online resources to connect with potential housemates. Websites like can help you learn how to create a supportive living environment.


Renting a Room vs. Sharing a House

When it comes to house sharing, there are different approaches you can take. Renting a room to a lodger involves setting clear boundaries and agreements, with the lodger possibly having limited access to other areas of your home. On the other hand, sharing a house implies a more collaborative living arrangement where bills, food, and maintenance costs are shared equally or separately based on mutual decisions. Whether you opt for renting a room or sharing a house, the key is to communicate openly and establish common ground with your housemate.


So, if you're intrigued by the idea of home sharing and all the benefits it can bring, take the first step today. Reach out to and start your journey towards a happier, more connected life. Remember, a shared home is a happy home!


Note: This blog content is a joint venture with

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