In my previous post I said that looking for a new place to live with a room-mate included, is a lot like dating.
Actually its a lot like internet dating, or what I think internet dating would be like *whistles innocently/shifty eyes* (on a side note, why is there still a stigma on internet dating?? We do everything else via the internet… and I mean EVERYTHING… if you know what I mean… [kinda gross of you if you do though[ 😛 hmmm post to come on that). To be even more precise its like internet dating on a FREE internet dating site. (since most places on-line won’t charge you a free for advertising a place)
You troll through a catalogue of potential candidates. You quickly disregard any ads that have copious amounts of spelling mistakes. While I’m not a total grammar nazi, I think if you’re trying to attract people to something through the written word. It would be best not to have the following:
“I have a room in my hose, for leash. You will be leaving with too other peeple and sharing won bathroom”
Or use too many net-speak terms, or tweeter short cuts or get too cutesy or over-use exclamation marks. Such as.
“LOL. OMG. I never knowz wht 2 say in these thngs. U will b sharing w/ me n my other roomie (who is the bestest everrrrrr!!!! BFF!!!) n my cat (meow meow) so cat-lovers r especially welcome!!!!!!. :). Rent is $200 p/w. pls call me on the mobes if ur intrstd!!! PeaceNLove!!!!
Or be too terse in your approach, which I’m not too sure about everyone else, make me think you’ll be an one of those “quiet types” who turn out to be an axe murderer. That may just be me though.
“Room for rent. $190. Call below”
So after you’ve gone through the lists available, discarding anything that meets the criteria above (or more). You start eliminating by distance.
“One bedroom for rent 150 p/week. Unfurnished. All other rooms are fully furnished. Lots of storage space available. Modern kitchen and bathroom. Ducted heating throughout. Free high-speed internet. All bills included in rent. Sharing with 1 clean, quiet male, IT professional, who, 5 days out of the week, is away on business.”
Too good to be true right? It was. On google maps, it’s about 2 hours drive away in the middle of nowhere. No amenities or facilities. Closest supermarket is 1 hour drive away. 😐
Okay so now that you’ve eliminated those that are too far, comes the next step: eliminating by size. Yes I am a size snob. I’m sorry I can’t help it. I will simply refuse to live in a household with more than 4 people (myself included). I just can’t picture doing it, and I don’t even want to try. Unless maybe if the house you were sharing was mansionesque. And each person had their own bathroom. But unfortunately no. What I’ve found is usually something like:
Persons Wanted: 1
Rooms Available: 1
Current number of Occupants: 5
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Car Spaces: 2
I’m not sure I even want to guess how they allocate the bathroom during the morning rush…
And the last and final step, you eliminate by “who”. Now this is where I may need some help. As you’ve probably guessed, following those steps above has basically reduced the number of properties available to me to a fairly small number, from 406 properties to 4 properties. So here are the finalists let me know what you kids think (and no I am not linking the actual ad or copy-pasting anything from the ad).
Property 1: 3 people (2 students / 1 working full-time). All female, all mid-20’s. They like to cook/bake/have BBQ’s. And yes I have lived with girls before, both as friends and as a couple. I haven’t lived with 3 girls all at the same time. The closest I came was going to a concert in a city 8 hours drive away with 3 female friends. And yes by the end of it, I was on oestrogen overload. But that was years ago, and it’s not like I’d be spending 24/7 with these girls. Right?
Property 2: 2 people (2 working full-time) One male, one female. Late 20’s. A good mix. Nothing in their ad screamed, “think this through!”
Property 3: 2 people (2 working full-time) Two males, early 30’s. Again worthy of contention. Only hitch is one of the guys has his kids over 1 week out of every month. I like kids, but I’ve never lived with them either, I remember I was a pain as a kid though.
Property 4: 1 person (working full-time) female, late 20’s. No bathroom to share (we’ll both have our own). WIN! But I’m not too sure. Living with just 1 other person, and a girl at that. It’d be like being in a couple. There’s no one else to bounce off if you get sick of each other. And I have the attention span of a goldfi – I need some coffee. OooOOh cake!
One, two, three or four? What do you think?