Practicalities regarding moving apartments and finding roommates
June 1, 2012 12:56 PM Subscribe
Tell me about the practicalities of finding a new roommate/apartment.
posted by lewedswiver to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On some level this is a trivial question that I already know the answer to, but I wanted to get the crowd's input.
The last time I moved, I needed to do so as quickly as possible due to my living situation. I gave 30 days notice and then looked and looked for a new place, and kept finding less than ideal places. Finally, a week before I had to leave, I settled on a very-much-less-than-ideal place, because I didn't want to be hanging in the air a week before the move. I was anxious about not having a place to stay a week beforehand.
I will need a new apartment on 10/1. I'm in Los Angeles. I want to find half a two bedroom apartment. Let's assume that I can't find a personal friend beforehand to be a roommate; if I did, this would be simpler.
So 30 days before I move, I give written notice to my current landlord. Even before that, I look on craigslist and perhaps facebook for a roommate, and hope to I can get something lined up. The problem, however, is that it seems that things really only open up a week or two before everyone's move date -- which means committing to leaving my current place by 9/1 and then not making much progress over the next few weeks in finding the next place. I want my next apartment to be somewhere I can stay for YEARS -- but I'm anxious about once again settling for a not-great place, and then being tied down there a while by the fact of using all my savings to pay the deposit.
Complicating issues is that this is the first time I won't be moving just by putting everything in my car; I'll need to rent movers for my bed/desk etc.
Any practicalities about the entire moving and finding roommates process are appreciated. For example, I heard someone once recommend creating a facebook event "FIND ME A ROOMMATE" and then inviting local people to the event -- it's a clever idea that I wouldn't have thought of, and it could work. Anything else?