06/15/2016 11:19 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 05:12 EDT

The Perfect Roommate Is Just A Creative Online Listing Away

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Women having coffee together in new home

Written by Jackie Marchildon

Combing through apartment listings is both aggravating and exciting all at once. Moving can be a good thing, but it's normally stressful, and if you really think about it, apartment hunting is a little weird. You invite yourself into someone's home in person -- or through photos in a listing -- and judge whether it'll work for you.

Looking for roommates is equally as strange. How do you describe yourself? How do you describe what you want in a roommate? How do you encourage someone to choose you over someone else?

Today it's safe to assume most people look online when they are looking for a new place. Listings are easy to get, easy to find and easy to promote. But what's a little trickier is knowing what to write in your listing, whether you're looking to add a new roommate to the household or the one looking to be that new roommate.

Looking for a new home sometimes feels like looking for a job -- the search is long and once you get the interview, you're stressed about how you'll come across. If you want the place, you want to impress your future landlord or roommates with a good job, a promise to be clean and give off generally positive vibes. If you're looking for a new roommate, you want them to like you and you want to make sure they will be a good fit, too. What matters most to you? Someone with the same schedule? Someone clean? Someone you think is cool?

When you're the outsider, should you let your personality shine in your posting?

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Or is it more important for the ad poster to show their true colours?

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Do you go the route of too much info to really make sure people know what they are getting before they come to visit?

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Or do you omit a little information about yourself to get the apartment?

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Maybe you find a way to set yourself apart from the competition like Hugh Podmore...?

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Landlords normally know what they want -- a good, clean tenant that pays on time and doesn't destroy the rental unit. You know what you want if you're looking for your own place. But when you're selling yourself as a roommate, it's a little harder.

Unfortunately, it's pretty easy to lie when you're looking to move in with roommates. And it's easy to leave out the downsides to your apartment, too, when you're desperate to fill a room. At the end of the day, you just need to know what you want and -- maybe more importantly -- what you don't want, and you just have to hope for the best in your hunt!

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