1. What are you bringing for the room?
You wouldn't want to arrive on moving day to find out you and your roommate are now the proud owners of two microwaves. Make sure to communicate and coordinate well in advance of the move in date.
2. How will we split the cost of rent/internet/utilities?
Communication is key when living with someone, and no one wants to have a fight in the first month over the bills. Discuss these terms upfront-if you are both okay with splitting everything down the middle then great! If not, then discuss the reasons why and come to a compromise you can both live with.
3. Are you hiring movers or getting someone to help you move?
It may not seem like an important question to ask, but you'll regret not asking when they show up by themselves with a truck full of heavy boxes and furniture expecting you to help move everything in.
4. Will you have your friends over frequently?
It's always good to know as much as you can about your roommate in advance of moving in with them. Make sure you are comfortable with how they spend their time in the space you share-if you like a quiet home it is important to know if they will have friends over often.
5. What's your schedule like on most days?
Whether they're working or in school or work from home, you'll want to know what your roommate's average schedule is like to make sure that it's something you're comfortable with. And this plays into the splitting of the bills-if they are home more frequently than you are then you might want to discuss them paying more for utilities or the internet.
6. Do you have any pets?
This is an important one for a number of reasons: first, the apartment may not allow some kind or any pets and second if they do have a pet it would be best to meet with the roommate and the pet in advance of agreeing to move in. You'll want to know the pet's behaviour and how the roommate interacts with the pet.
7. How do we divide the chores?
Chores can very easily cause tension and a rift between roommates if there isn't a mutual agreement in place. There are multiple ways of approaching this, it can be detailed or simple, have the discussion and see what works for each of your schedules and personalities.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
If you're moving in with someone you're not friends with or don't know especially well it's always good to get to know a little bit about your roommate and how they spend their spare time.
9. When do you go to sleep normally?
This may not be important if your bedrooms don't share a wall, but if you or a roommate tends to stay up late you need to make sure that you're both at an understanding of each other's sleep schedule.
10. What are your pet peeves?
It seems like a silly question but it's key to you knowing what habits and behaviours your roommate can't tolerate. It may be awkward to discuss but it will help you avoid any frustration and passive-aggressive behaviour that comes from keeping these things pent up inside.