Recently I have been fairly active on websites such as Spareroom, because I was looking for a new place to move to!
Aren’t we all familiar with the challenges: “I want a big room”, “I hope my house mate isn’t a psycho”, “What if it’s just a scam?”, “What if the walls are pink?”, “What if the house mate OWNS CROCS?”
That’s when it dawned upon me: house hunting is pretty much like online dating. You don’t know what to expect, the visuals are often photoshopped and have no resemblance with reality. When it comes to the hobbies and characteristics – isn’t everyone laid back and up for fun, spontaneous and into the newest trends out there? Oh, let me post a picture of when I did my ice bucket challenge, so I can prove how cool I am. (I know, the ice bucket challenge isn´t so trendy anymore, how about just a really cool selfie with the cat?!)
Have you ever tried online dating? Tinder, Match.com, eHarmony – does this ring a bell? You might be familiar with the following steps…
1. Find someone who looks hot. First impressions are all about the looks. Are they tall enough, is their hair the right colour? Do they seem happy?
2. Read the biography. What can they offer me? What extras do I get out of this?
3. The first message. “Hey, how are you doing? I like the look of you, this is who I am and this is what I have to offer”
4. Praying for a reply. If it’s someone you really like the looks of, keep checking your phone every minute as they might reply to you from a divine intervention.
5. Let’s take things to the next level! When can I come over to yours?
6. I liked it. Can I come back?
7. They’re having others round – it’s not exclusive yet. Ouch!
8. Alright. It seems like you were better than the others at the end. Come and move in with me? Let’s share a bathroom.
Congratulations! You´ve found the perfect house. Took a while!
Psst. I´ll tell you a little secret: I love my Crocs.