LANDLORD ADVERTISING TIPS
When listing a room or property there are a number of guidelines to follow which will help increase the interest you receive from potential housemates.
BE CLEAR, ACCURATE AND HONEST
Make sure you are clear about what comes with the room, what the rent covers and what bills are included.
Be honest when listing; don't say that you have a modern contemporary house if it's really not.
Give details as to the size of the room. If you are unsure if the room is a double or single then give the rooms dimensions and let the person reading the advert decide if the room is big enough.
If the room is a double then make it clear whether you would be willing to rent the room to a couple, or if the room is only available to an individual.
Don't just list the room details, if you have other tenants also living in the property then give a little information about each person such as:
Emphasise the positive attribute of the house and highlight the key benefits of its location. Give details as to how the tenants get on and interact/socialise together. It may sound like a cliché, but you're selling a lifestyle not just four walls.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so save some time and add a picture or even multiple pictures of the property, the rooms, and maybe the other tenants.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
If there are any preferences for the type of housemate you are looking for then add them to your description.
MAKE SURE YOU CAN CONTACT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE
Sign-up as a premium member (which comes with early bird access) to make sure you can get in touch with the maximum number of people as soon as possible, doing so will put your room ahead of the competition.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Location could be a main attraction for your house mate.
Describe your local area and amenities as this may be especially important for a housemate who does not know the local area.
Make sure you put aside time to allow potential house mates to come and view the property. In addition, try and make sure as many of the current house mates are around so everyone can get a chance to meet.