How to write a flatmate wanted ad

When writing a flatmate wanted ad, the goal is to attract people you think would be a good fit. 

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To help, we’ve put together some tips on crafting a solid flatmate wanted ad:

Use positive and inclusive statements

Writing what you’re looking for is better than saying what you’re not looking for. For example, “No crocodiles” could be better written as “Would prefer humans”.

You might still get enquiries from alligators and geckos by writing “No crocodiles”, but writing “Would prefer humans” leaves less confusion, and doesn’t sound so harsh.

Say what you want, rather than relying on a stereotype or generalisation

You may say “no students”, but really just want a person who is responsible, pays rent, cleans up after themselves, and keeps normal business hours.

Identify the core characteristics you’re after, and your ad will be far more effective in attracting the perfect flatmate.

Err on the side of caution

If in doubt, leave it out. As we’ve said, focus on positive and inclusive statements.