Craigslist has succeeded over the years to become the go to source for all manner of information, making it easier to find goods, services and so much more. One of the most challenging things that a person should search for is a roommate. This may actually seem pretty simple until you consider that a roommate is someone whom you will share the most intimate space with. Therefore, you have every right to become as fussy as you can.
As you create your advert with every intention of being as serious as possible, you may just end up sounding entertaining. Here are some examples of the most entertaining adverts for roommates that you will find on Craigslist NY.
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Be Here, But Don’t
You may have the need to get a roommate, but you are really looking for an out of sight out of mind person who will pay you, without needed any actual interaction at all. One person who was looking for a roommate had reached the point where the only thing that he could do was be extremely honest about his requirements for his room.
To begin with, the ad starts by advertising for sharing a hypothetical apartment, as the searcher is simply looking to find out if someone who can live there without being seen or heard. The criteria needed included a person with a job that keeps them outdoors, which involves a lot of travel, has no friends who may turn into overnight guests and absolutely no desire to interact or express love in any way.
In other words, the ad is all about the need to get some rent money without actually having to be a good landlord at all. To make sure that the potential tenant knows what they are getting into, it is expressed that the room available is tiny with absolutely no luxuries available. Artists and actors are not welcome and even described as lepers.
The ideal candidate would need to go through a CIA style background check as well as an intensive credit review, deposits for two months’ rent and a security deposit that is higher than ever experienced before. Furthermore, it is impossible for a lease to be issued so getting back the deposit becomes a matter of hope.
The final straw is a statement from the poster of the ad, that no information shall be provided about who they are so you have to believe that they are not nuts. A great way to be straightforward on Craigslist NYC, but nonetheless, it is quite off-putting.
Crazy Cat Lady
There was a sublet advertised for the period of one month of Craigslist for a one bedroom in a two bedroomed apartment at $900 dollars for the month. The place was fully furnished and all the utilities were included in the rent. Sounds great so far right? There was one additional clause though, and that was that whoever rents the bedroom should be willing to share the apartment with SIXTEEN cats with excellent manners as well as two Roombas. This starts to sound a little extreme, but becomes very extreme in a few short words. The advert included a long list of the care that the cats would need for the month, and a brief description of the mounds of fur to deal with.
In addition, the description of each cat was given including their names and personality descriptions. One added bonus – If you wanted pictures of the cats beforehand, you could get those too which might have some effect on the final decision. This example is one that helps make the New York Craigslist so interesting.
Getting A Message Across
Rather than write a long and boring paragraph that lists down likes and dislikes for a roommate, some advertisers have decided to make use of pictures, as they actually speak more than words. One amazing example is the use of a slideshow for a person looking for a room can advertise using words on the pictures. Holding up placards with fascinating expressions of personality, a person seeking a room can show how quirky and interesting they really are, dressing up in funny costumes and holding up props. Trying this out is an excellent way to break the ice with a potential roommate.
When The Basics Fill in the Gaps
There is only so much that you can provide when you are advertising a typical room for rent on Craigslist. An entertaining advert on Craigslist New York decided to amplify each and every feature that is available in the room. To ensure that there is no misunderstanding at all about all the amazing basics that are available, they were advertised in bold and capital letters. You can always describe simple things like carpets as being the perfect accessory to have in the cold, because they help to ensure that you never have cold feet when you step on the ground. The of course, who can ignore the fact that the room you haven will include a door, so that you can actually shut it and have your own space.
The windows in the room make it easier for you to interact with your neighbours, as you can stick your head out and yell food morning to them at the start of each day. There is also the added benefit of electricity, enabling you to use all your different appliances and saving you the cost of purchasing loads of candles and heat. There is also the added benefit of having a bed, so you do not need to worry about sleeping on the floor. By the time that you manage to read this advert through to the end, you will find that you are excited about all the things that should be there as though they are actual novelties.
The Bathroom Checklist
It is expected that when you rent a bedroom, you will automatically find that you can get access to a bathroom. The thing is that sometimes, this bathroom could actually have the strangest conditions attached to it. On an advert on Craigslist NY, the potential roommate was able to gain access to a shared bathroom. However, there was one key stipulation to being able to use this bathroom.
The bathroom contained a checklist where it was necessary to track down on a checklist the number of bowel movements that one has in a day. There was absolutely no reason given for this, only that it was simple the way of life in the apartment. Anyone who moved in was expected to conform.
So if you are shy and want to keep your bowel movements private, the price may be right, the room may be amazing and spacious, and the lighting may be ideal, but you will be forced to share this intimate information about yourself.
Careful How You Stuff Yourself
The moment that you choose to live with another person, it becomes clear that you may have differing cultures, tastes and ideas whenever it comes to what you are eating. That is why one advertiser on Craigslist in New York saw it fit to outline exactly what can be eaten or not eaten in the apartment. The advert was headlined with all the spices that were not to be consumed as they would affect the smell of bowel movements.
From this requirement came another strange one that looked at what could and could not be read within the household. Items such as newspapers and magazines were banned for one simple reason, that that is the fact that they have ink that could get stuck on the fingers and stain something. In addition, the person renting the apartment insisted that whoever was moving in spoke only in English as all other languages caused them irritation to no end.
A final little quirk that seemed highly important to the advertiser was that all the potential roommates needed to brush their teeth at least twice in one day. It seemed that halitosis was one issue that the person was completely unwilling to live with.
When reading an advert on Craigslist for a roommate, you may find that they are so outrageous, you are hard pressed to believe whether they are real or made up for the purpose of entertainment. Rest assured that the adverts mentioned in this review are 100% real, and that the truth is typically more interesting that anything else.
Most of the entertaining adverts on Craigslist feature lists of things that you are not supposed to do that are completely out of this world. Others have items that you need to conform to that make absolutely no sense. It is possible that the adage is true, beggars are not choosers. When seeking for a place to live on Craigslist NY and going through the adverts, make sure that you have one thing in mind – you need to be able to see all the different ways that you can compromise or you may just find that you are homeless.