Before I moved to Chicago, I had to find a place to live. I was a little hesitant to use Craigslist at first, but I wasn't sure where else I could try.
I was looking on Craigslist for a while and it didn't take too long to find a place, but I feel like I should have done more searching to find somewhere closer to work, etc.
Tip #1: DON'T EVER GO ALONE TO CHECK OUT A PLACE.
You'll read why I put that as my first tip at the end of this article. If you do decide to go by yourself for some crazy reason, definitely make sure to check in with a friend before and after you check out the place.
Or you could just leave your phone on in your pocket while your friend is on the other line. There are some crazy people out there and you can never be too safe.
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Tip #2 Don't overpay for a room.
I've seen some people price rooms a ridiculous amount on Craigslist. I've seen some rooms on Craigslist that look like people were practicing rituals in. Which is all fine and dandy if they want to do so, but I personally wouldn't want to stay in a room that looks like that.
Tip #3 Is the room exactly what you need?
Make sure the room is furnished before giving a deposit/rent if you need it furnished. You should check out before officially deciding to live at the place obviously.
Tip #4 Do you get along with the other people who live in the home?
I personally think it matters to connect in some way with the person or people you'll be living with. I've liked a house before and totally did not connect with the lady in the house, so I decided it was not a good fit.
Tip #5 Is it close to where you need to be?
This might seem like common sense, but make sure it is close to work and school. I tried to find a place that was right in the middle of my jobs and work.
I am actually moving in a week and my new place will in the middle of all the hotspots. I will be close to my mom, grandma, and other relatives as well. I also like the new area I'll be living in because there are much more things to do.
I've met a few people through Craigslist for potential living situations. One of them was kind of a scary situation, simply because the guy gave off a horrible vibe. He then proceeded to take me to the basement and showed me my room and shut the door behind us. I'm just a really paranoid person. The ad said it was a really nice ‘European' family but it ended up only being a guy. Why did I go here without anyone but myself? I have no idea. Pretty dumb of me. I learned my lesson.
Have you ever used Craigslist for finding a room to rent or a place to stay?
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