(or those interested in a place frequently asked for these clarifications)
Is your place is similar to surrounding places? Check the prices for the area to see if your price is competitive. If you are higher, and should be higher, tell why (newly painted, largest room, lake view, pool view).
Is being a student is required?
Is there is a gender preference because of shared living space with current roommates?
Are there roommates? Give a quick background on the roommates and type of person they will get along with such as smoking, non smoking, guests, gym, and smoothies blending at 5am.
Are there any rules which are not typical and could lead to issues down the road?
Are pets are allowed or not? Humans such as significant other, family, friends, are considered as guests see #4.
Is the place furnished?
Are the utilities included? What is included and how much if not included?
Is the place on a key bus route or close to key locations?
Is there anything that you really like about the place? Give some details such as if maintenance is quick, is it like same day quick or two weeks quick? Some places have maintenance so fast that they can run around the world and slap themselves in the back of the head. Or that they can watch 60 minutes in 30 minutes.
*Additionally, check your local laws to see how your situation applies when it comes to Fair Housing.
Some Scam and Safety Precautions
(Please always be cautious)
The majority of people are wonderful, however, remain skeptical because of a few bad apples.
If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
Never give out personally identifying information until you have at least met and seen in person in a public place and feel comfortable.
Never send money until you have at least met and seen in person in a public place and feel comfortable.
Never return money because they sent you too much money or an overage check by mistake.
Your bank will hold you responsible if the bank find out later that the check is fake and money is fake.
Do not carry large amounts of cash.
When a large sum of money is involved, use the bank or approved places that can help you manage the transaction or contracts.
Before you sign anything, be sure to check and double check what you are actually getting. Do not assume that something is in good condition.
If you have questions, ask different questions until you are comfortable with the agreement.
When someone is trying to rush you to pay or get into an agreement, pay extra attention and be extra careful . Keep checking and asking at your own pace.
Should anything go awry or if you feel uncomfortable, avoid escalating, exit the situation. Your safety is more important.
Tell a friend or family member where you are going or even better take them along.
*Check with law enforcement on reporting to the proper authorities of any wrongdoing.