My previous housemate (a decades long friend who found a super cheap place on his own) moved out and I'm not having much luck finding a new housemate.
I've posted an ad on Craigslist, and the responses are few and far between. The main issues that I see with the situation are that we're a couple (third wheel? already formed alliance?), I'm a smoker (outside or, infrequently, in our basement where our bedroom is), 3
, distance from campuses (we're about a mile from two universities) and in a lesser known neighborhood (in a city where neighborhood tends to help people decide on housing). Because of these things, I feel like my ad has to be super awesome, and I'm not sure that it is. Here
is the ad. Any tips or comments? I think maybe it's too wordy? Also, is there some neutral way to say that my fiance and I are not remotely "couply" and that we spend most of our time (both in the house and outside of the house) not together (we both place a very high value on our personal space) without it sounding like we hate each other?
I'm also wondering whether I should disclose the below two things when I first meet prospective housemates or if they're not a big enough deal and can be disclosed later. The first is that my fiance and I are members of the Communist Party USA and we host our neighborhood club's twice monthly meeting. It's in the early evening of a weeknight and tends to go on for 2 to 2.5 hours. The second is that I'm hosting a living room show/concert in August, also on a weeknight- the show should end by 10 or 10:30. Are these things that you would want to know before you moved into a house? For the record, our Commie meetings are pretty boring and deal with local issues like elections, union business, outreach, neighborhood issues, etc- basically community organizing. Personally, I feel that the show in August could be mentioned later, but that the twice a month meeting should be mentioned upon meeting, but the fact that it's a meeting of Communists doesn't need to be mentioned at all.
We are also an interracial couple, but I'm sure they'll figure that out when they see us, and though I'd like to slip that fact in there somehow, in order to weed out anyone who might have a problem, I feel it would stand out too much if I mention it- even as a simple descriptor of the word "couple."
Thanks in advance for any help!