If you have extra space in your home and you could use some extra money every month (and let's face it, who couldn't?), renting a room could help you pay your bills. But in order to rent that room to a high-quality tenant, you will need to write an effective room for rent ad. Following these simple steps will ensure that your well-written, informative ad stands out from the rest.
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Decide where you are going to advertise your room for rent. Many people choose a free listing on Craigslist, and this can be very effective. But you should also consider publications that your desired renters may read. For example, if there is a college campus nearby, you might consider the student newspaper.
Make a list of the terms of your rental. How much rent will you charge? Is the rent per month, per week or some other arrangement? How long of a lease will you require? What utilities are included (electric, water, cable TV, high-speed Internet service)? How large is the room? Is there a private bathroom for the tenant? Is use of the kitchen or laundry room permitted? What parking is available? What about smoking and pets? When is the rental available?
List the benefits of your rental. What makes it a great place to live? What will save your tenant time or be most convenient? For example, is the home in a historic neighbourhood? Is it close to a major road or highway to make a commute easier? Is a college campus, major employer or train station within walking distance? Is there a community pool or fitness centre available for your tenant's use?
Write the body of your ad by starting with a location-specific benefit.
Examples: "A 5-minute walk to campus from this bedroom and private bath for rent means you'll never be late to class again." "Live on a tree-lined street in the heart of historic Huntsville."
Write the details from your first list. If you are placing a free ad on Craigslist or another service, you should include all the details. If you are paying for a classified ad by the word or line, you will want to edit it down to the most important information.
Example: "Roomy bedroom and private bath for rent, available Oct. 1. All utilities, cable TV and high-speed, wireless Internet included for £312 per month. Kitchen with granite countertops and new appliances is available for your use; community laundry room downstairs. Free, assigned parking in a private lot. No smoking and no pets, please. Minimum 6-month lease. Down payment of £442 covers last month's rent and security deposit."
Close your room for rent ad with another benefit.
Examples: "Stroll to downtown restaurants and shopping from your new home in this quiet neighbourhood." "Exercise without leaving home in the free community fitness centre and swimming pool."
Write the title for your ad. Remember that the title will determine whether potential tenants read the rest of your ad. Include the most important details (rent, location) and your best benefit.
Examples: "$600--Master suite for rent in newly restored historic home" "$310: Bedroom/shared bath for rent across the street from UCF."
Run a spell checker on your room for rent ad. Carefully read the ad to be sure everything is stated clearly. Ensure you have not left out any important details. Consider asking a friend to proofread the ad, as well.
Place the ad through an online service or a local publication.
Tips and warnings
- Consider taking a few clear photos of the room for rent to run with the ad.
- Federal laws prohibit discrimination in housing. Do not use any language that would imply preference for a certain race, gender, religion or sexual preference in your ad.
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