talk house? don't
be a wallflower! jump
on over to the discussion boards.
1 2 3
continued from page 1
Some popular resources to
search for potential roommates include:
the classifieds, of course, and...
favorite coffee shop, bookstore, or other hangout, which will likely
have a bulletin board for you to check out or post on. The plus side to this method is that you know you're meeting
someone who likes the same places you do – there’s at least that you
have in common, right? And lastly...
Network, network, network
of mouth can be a very handy tool when it comes to the roommate search.
I once was pontificating on the bus to a friend of mine about
possibly moving out, when a girl in front of us whipped around, and
inquired, "Are you looking for a roommate?!"
She then proceeded
to give me her name and number, just in case.
The truth of the matter is, there are tons of people out there
seeking roommates or who have a place to rent.
You never know if a friend of a friend of a friend might be the
perfect roommate. So make
sure to "casually" mention to all your friends that you're
looking and if they hear anything, to let you know.
5. Be specific, but open-minded
you find some ads that look promising, or decide to place an ad
yourself, you’ll need to determine what roommate qualities are most
important to you. But don't
go overboard. Case in
point: One of the listings I saw when I was helping my boyfriend with
his housing search mentioned a website in their ad, where the current
tenants had laid out what they were looking for in potential roommates.
Cool idea … in principle.
However, their list of requisites specifically called for a guy
who lacked a steady girlfriend, would adhere to a chores list, was
straight, and oddly enough, liked South
Park. While it's good to state that you want a female, non-smoking,
quiet person, it can get extreme if you'll only speak to people who
understand the genius of Cartman. Keep
this in mind when you place an ad-- more qualifications equals fewer
phone calls. And besides,
it's no fun having a roommate who's an exact replica of you.
Use your creativity
the South Park guys were a
little off with their specifications list, they did have one thing
By creating a website, they immediately drew more people to their
place, by setting their ad apart from all the others... definitely a
good thing. So feel free to
get a little wild. Get out
the magic markers and glitter, and make some pretty flyers to hang up
around town. Use your digital camera to take snapshots of your place and
post them on the Internet. Describe
yourself in a fun, conversational way in your ads and you're likely to
get more calls, and from people who are obviously drawn to your
stop, more great tips this way!
lounge . nourish .
. laze . home.