Chances are if you’re browsing hometownrent.com, you’re looking for either a property to rent, or people to rent a property you own. Either way, you’re in the market for some other people. The question now becomes this: how do you pick those people? Finding good roommates is just as important to renters as finding good tenants is to landlords, but in renting, as in love, sometimes it can be hard to make sure you’ve found someone who is compatible with you. Luckily, Hometown Rant has a down-and-dirty guide to getting the right guy or gal. This week we’re focusing on Renters finding roommates, and next week we’ll talk landlords finding tenants.
If you’re renting a house, apartment or loft, it’s usually best to go in on a lease with a friends you know and trust, but that isn’t always an option. Sometimes you might think you know someone, and then they turn out to be a closet fetishist and/or a smooth jazz enthusiast. Not that those are necessarily bad things, as long as you’re into them too.
If you have a chance to study your future roommates before you move in with them, pay attention to their hygiene habits and their sleep schedule, since both of those things will soon affect you. These factors will be compounded if you’re sharing less space, so keep that in mind if you’re renting an apartment as opposed to a house.
Unfortunately, there will always be the times when you need one more person to fill in the fourth bedroom of the townhouse, and you don’t have any more friends who need a place to stay. You just might have to sift through a pile of online personal ads. Ho boy. With a discerning eye though, you can learn to separate the wheat-y roommates from the proverbial chaff. Let’s practice. Below are three sample personal ads. Your job is to pick the one you’d want to live or let rent your property:
Hey bros and brodettes! I’m a lateish-twentysomethings dude looking for a house or apartment to keep it extra real in and around. I like extreme sports, regular sports and beers, respectively. Roommates must have tight bods and fresh wardrobes so I can be seen in public with them. I’m willing to be the life of the party! Holla at a dude!
I’m a semi-professional watercolor painter and part-time semi-nude model at the art studio, where I pose with my cats. There are three of them, and I love them like the children I never had. I’m quiet except when especially inspired by one of the many romance novels I collect and read. I’m willing to pay rent in handpainted portraits of my cats if you desire such an arrangement.
I’M JUST A VERY NORMAL REGULAR PERSON WHO NEEDS A ROOM IN A HOUSE OR APARTMENT OR LOFT OF WHATEVER I’LL PAY CASH AND MOVE IN ASAP DISCRETION IS A MUST
The answer is, there is no answer, at least objectively. Except probably not person C. You should never trust anyone who has no picture and uses all capital letters. If you’re a bro or brodette with a tight bod you might want tenant A. If you’re an art/cat enthusiast, you might want tenant B. If you’re something totally different, then you might want to keep looking. Just remember, it’s never a mistake to judge people on their lack of punctuation.
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