Whenever a housemate says those immortal words – “sorry, but I’m moving out” –your heart is always filled with dread. Sure, there’s the initial “oh no my buddy is leaving!” feeling. But those feelings are quickly masked with thoughts of “Oh God now we need to fill their room!” And, as is often the way with houseshares, the aforementioned housemate probably won’t give you much notice.
So, you need to fill that room, and quick. What’s the most efficient way? Why, to throw it up on a house sharing website of course. All you need to do is post a quick advert for the room and all your potential new housemates will form an orderly queue at your front door.
It’s never that simple. If you don’t advertise your room, and in turn yourself, properly, then you’ll get a load of nutters turning up and asking if it’s “cool” for their mates to stay and querying whether or not you lock your door at night. Follow these 6 very simple steps, and avoid the lunatics.
1. Keep It Brief
Look, we’re all young professionals. Amongst trying to get a partner, work beers, and recovering from work beers, searching for a house is a real pain in the arse. By the time you’ve scrolled through the hundreds of options that Gumtree spits up and managed to actually find a house a 1) fits your budget, and 2) is in an area that appeals, the last thing you want to do is read a 2000 word essay about the local community and the high quality curtains in the lounge. Get to the point.
2. Have an up-to-date photo
People aren’t stupid. When you’re looking for a flat that costs £200 a month in the city centre, no one is expecting a palace. Don’t try and con your potential new homie with a photo that was taken at the last refurb in 1996. Just take a quick snap on your iphone and attach that. We’re not saying “don’t make the room look nice”, but just be honest, otherwise people won’t take it.
3. Be clear
This is by far the simplest tip on this list and easily the one that most people neglect. You’re not writing your GCSE history essay, no introduction in needed. The first line should state EVERYTHING you’re looking for. An example – Looking for a guy – 25 to 30 – £600 a month – Clapham Common. Easy. Simple.
4. Avoid clichés
If you’ve seen one houseshare advert, you’ve seen them all. “We enjoy spending time together but like our own space.” “We don’t have a cleaning rota but all pull our own weight.” “It’s a nice cosy room.” “There’s a great nightlife near by!” No one, NO ONE, believes any of this rubbish. Just be honest and to the point.
5. Don’t include a photo of yourself
Just don’t. It makes you look like a bunch of weirdos. “Hey look at us all having fun hahaha you can have fun with us too PLEASE TAKE OUR ROOM!” Your new flatmate will know what you look like when they meet you. By attaching a photo you’re just going to attract loners in desperate need of friends or perverts.
6. DON’T LIE