10 days until rent is due!
August 20, 2011 9:44 AM Subscribe
I have been very happily living in a 3BR apt in Seattle (lower queen anne) with a couple for almost 2 years, and today they're moving out to a house together. In 10 days rent is due. I have posted on craigslist for new roommates to move in. I've asked a few friends to help me screen people, but I'm still freaking out because I'm extremely nervous about choosing new roommates! I really like being close friends with my roommates, so this feels like dating. I'd love any advice & experiences you could share!
posted by palegirl to Human Relations (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Part of my anxiety is that I'm just generally unhappy that my living situation is changing. I feel very disrupted, almost everything in the common areas was theirs, so this joint is becoming rapidly unfurnished. I don't just want to pick a roommate based on their furniture or pets (although right now I've kind of got my heart set on the guy with the great dane!)
My apartment has a lot going for it, it's very inexpensive, in a great location, and pet friendly.
Would it be a good idea to set up speed-dating, and have people come over to meet & see the apartment in 20 minute intervals all day tomorrow?
I don't know exactly what I want in roommates, definitely non-smokers who don't use drugs. I'm not sure what else to ask people or say. I have NO IDEA how to describe my level of cleanliness. I think I'm clean, but my exiting roommate was more clean and tended to keep this place in very nice condition so I didn't actually clean all that much.
I'm a single lesbian. My CL posting does say that and specify "queer friendly" roommates wanted. Best case scenario is to have two fabulous gay male roommates, but so far that's not happening. :) (I did also post my listing to a small seattle lesbian facebook group and got a few responses from there, too.) But I'm not sure what it would be like to live with straight dudes. The majority of people who have responded to my CL post have been men. Several have been people out of town who are moving to Seattle very soon. One girl offered to pay September rent to hold it for an October move in. Her emails have been delightful but it's probably a bad idea to agree to have someone move in who I can't even meet first, right?
Also, I have a week long trip planned September 7th, and I'm a little nervous to go out of town with strangers living in my apartment!
Okay kind people, talk me off the ledge. Please & thank you!