Seeking Housemate Situation for The First Time - Help Me Present Myself Best
July 20, 2011 12:42 PM Subscribe
Looking for an apartment share. There are limited options in my price range, so I need to maximize my appeal. What can I do to make myself sound like a good roommate in my intro emails and calls?
posted by Fire to Human Relations (31 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have to move in August or early September at the latest, and due to budget reasons, I need to move into a shared situation. This is the first time I'll ever have a housemate (or more), so I'm completely new to this. I grew up an only child and aside from living with my parents and some time living alone, that has been it.
Also, there are not that many options in my ideal price range and choice of neighborhoods (important, because S.O. is near and I need to be close to public transit options), so what I'm looking for are ways to make me seem really appealing to those I do send emails or call about to maximize my chances of getting what I need.
I've sent emails on a couple of apartments very soon after the Craigslist listings went up and they're pretty great and in my budget, but I haven't heard back from anyone at all. I don't know what (or if anything) is turning people off in my emails.
-I work from home. Maybe people are concerned over power, but I addressed that in my email. I've also stated that I'm out of the house regularly. I've also seen ads that specifically say no telecommuters.
- I work two jobs and do freelance work on the side. Maybe people think it's not steady enough (it is, and I have enough in the bank to pay rent for a year, so that's not an issue)
- Maybe not enough personality in the email. Like I said, this is my first time living with others, so I am just writing what it seems that according to past AskMe responses and other internet research has brought up. Maybe I'm missing something. Some people think I'm kind of serious, but I don't think my emails sounded heavy.
- I'm quiet, a bookworm type, and I've mentioned that I'm sometimes up late (until about 2am). I'm a geek and techy, but I'm also really social and laid back (also all in the emails).
-Note that I'm not mentioning this being my first share experience anywhere.
Do you think it's a numbers game why I'm not getting responses, or could it be something about my intros? I'm practically about to cry over this one place which was slightly outside my ideal budget but so perfect I want it badly. The location is amazing and the space is perfect. It's been 36 hours now and no reply. I just sent a polite three-line follow up in the hopes of catching the woman's attention and reiterating my interest.
So how do I get to the next phase where I can at least get a response and be invited to look at these places? How do I come off and sound like the housemate/renter everybody (or most people) would want?