Using Craigslist can be one of the best experiences when looking for a new home. You have to go into the process knowing that it could go good or bad, and certainly be prepared for anything. Just remember that you are going to see a lot of homes, but, there's a very good chance you'll find the one of your dreams.
Every apartment I've ever lived in I've found on Craigslist. Whether I was looking for a place by myself, with a random roommate, or with my significant other &mdash I've emailed, looked, applied and ultimately selected options I've found on Craigslist.
From an experienced Craigslist user, here are tips for finding a new home:
&bull Utilize the search options: Craigslist provides search options for a reason. If you utilize them by indicating your minimum and maximum price as well as how many bedrooms you'd like, you'll save a lot of time. You won't have to sort through options that aren't right for you.
&bull Pay attention to the neighborhoods: We all know which neighborhoods we want to live in, but make sure you have a backup. When you've selected those neighborhoods, try to focus on them and weed out the neighborhoods you know you don't want to live in.
&bull Pay attention to the pictures: When pictures are included, they are extremely important. Unfortunately for us, not everyone listing homes on Craigslist realizes the importance of them, so if they aren't comprable to ones you'd find on Apartment Therapy &mdash don't get discouraged. You can get a general idea of the space, and if there are interesting architectural details, they will feature them.
&bull Read and pay attention to every written detail: It may seem tedious, but you're ultimately looking for your next home.
&bull Don't be afraid to call: If you have any questions, call or email and ask whatever questions you might have. The more you know before seeing the home the better off you'll be.
Have you found your home on Craigslist? Have any tips to share? Let us know in the comments.
Images: Leah Ball Steen, Ellie Grover