Recently it came time to rent out a room in my house after my last roommate moved out.
I posted an ad on Craigslist after researching prices in my area, and listed everything that was included, nicely formatted, easy to read, and included 4 pictures of the room and house. The ad was simple and very descriptive, including such things as "Verizon FIOS internet and HD TV in your room" and "parking available" and how large the room was, there is a deck, shared bathroom, shared kitchen, pool table, and all that kind of stuff. In short, it had all the answers, but was a somewhat long ad (but not more than a page).
After a week or so I had only one person email me about the room, but they did not follow up.
I then posted another ad, at the same price, but didn't really say anything about the room. I said it was a nice room in a nice house with nice people, utilities were included, and there was parking. I did not include pictures. I did not go into detail about the room or the house other than to say it was nice. It was maybe a few sentences long.
Well, I posted that and am getting about 3-5 emails per day, every day! Several people came to look at the room, and we finally picked someone yesterday.
I don't know why people would rather NOT have information and be more interested in the room. I guess the ad being short worked better because people have a short attention span?
You tell me.
Just wait till you get a live person on the other end of the phone. I called them earlier this week and left a message telling them about our problem in our apartment complex. It said to leave a name and call back number. So I did.
I later again called them that day and was able to actually speak with someone. I told them to "not say who called it in" because of fear of retaliation of some form from the landlord.
Low and behold, the officer shows up a day later and, says who called it in, (me) and makes the citations on the abandoned vehicles. Today, I get a note saying to call the landlord because he knew it was me who called in the derelict vehicles.
FACEPALM TO THE N'TH DEGREE
So I almost have a huge anxiety attack, and then proceed to call him. He gives me grief about the cars and how it's going to cost him money, (even though I pointed out they can tow the vehicles for free.) And that he was going to eventually fix them. (They've been sitting there for FIVE years, one of them burned to the ground and was being chopped shopped.)
I think he made some sort of reference to us "talking in the future." Not sure if that was a veiled threat or not... And now my day is ruined because I tried to do the right thing.
What the fuck ever happened to the concept of anonymity? I left my name and number the first time because that's what it said to do on the voicemail. I didn't give out my name or anything when I spoke the the live person.
I called the vehicle abatement place a while ago and asked to speak to the officer. I got to leave him a voice message. Thanks guy! I am going to enjoy whatever small things my landlord figures out to harass me with all thanks to you spewing forth my name when you got here.