How NOT to Advertise a Rental on Craigslist

These days I'm constantly on the hunt for our future Philadelphia home so naturally, I'm spending a LOT of time stalking Craigslist. I'll be the first to admit that I'm pretty picky when it comes to what I'm looking for, but I'm also more than willing to look past the ugly and/or crazy that you find in Craigslist postings to find that diamond-in-the-rough that might fit our needs perfectly. That being said, I've come across some pretty crazy-looking and straight-up unhelpful ads in my hunt and I'm just so curious what these people were thinking when they put their listings up!

I thought it would be fun to put together a list of a few "suggestions" on what not to do when it comes to advertising rentals on craigslist - complete with a few demonstrative screenshots - if you're actually trying to rent a place out to reasonable humans. ;) Please tell me y'all have experienced some of these things when you've been house hunting on good ole Craigslist!

{P.S. There's a heavy dose of sarcasm in this post, so please take my comments with a grain of salt!}

Don't post pictures that make you look like you had too much to drink when you took them.

You may think it's artistic, but it's making the rest of us motion sick!

Don't write in all caps. 

There's no need to yell.

Don't not include photos. Nearly every phone has a camera these days, so there's no reason to say, "Sorry, no photos," in an ad. It's not hard to snap a few pics and put them in the post. Many people skip contacting the person about the place if there isn't a single photo.

And while you're at it, proofread it before you post. 

BUT. Don't post a random photo that has nothing to do with the home just so that the little "pic" word shows up next to the post's link in the listings. 

Flowers aren't going to make me want to see your apartment. Sorry!

ALSO. A little mess is ok in photos, but if it looks like a tornado just went through your kitchen, you might not want to use that one.

Oh, that's the KITCHEN. I see it now. There's a fridge... and cabinets and a sink...I think?

Don't use a crazy string of random symbols in your listing title. I'd rather have some additional information such as "Gorgeous, Pet Friendly Two Bedroom with In-Unit Washer/Dryer," than a string of ##### or %%%% to try and get my attention.

And lastly, there's no need for scantily-clad women to grace the beautiful counters of your brand new kitchen. Let those pretty granite countertops and glass-front cabinets speak for themselves!

So! If you're planning to throw an ad up on Craigslist anytime soon, I hope you'll take these helpful hints to heart. Think before you post, y'all! Ha! ;)

What crazy ads have you come across on Craigslist?

P.S. It's day two of the Spring Parade of Homes! Catch a few beautiful home tours today!

Pin It!


  1. Oh man, this is too funny. We are moving to Jacksonville, Florida (in 25 days!) and have spent many, many hours searching for a place to call home. Your list is spot-on.

    We had great luck with Trulia and Zillow, if you're open to trying those out. I preferred Zillow, but then would search the address with Trulia because it gave crime ratings (near the bottom of the page, in a window w/ 4 other options), so we could see if the neighborhood was safe.

    Good luck on your hunt!

  2. Great post. There is some serious craziness out there on CL. I just had an episode this week, I can't talk about it or I'll get all upset again.

  3. WHAT?! I can't believe people actually posted that stuff. That is nuts! And how cool that you'll be in Philly! I'm in the other PA "P" city-- Pittsburgh! Good luck with the house hunt! Have a great weekend!

    ~Abby =)

  4. They will make sure to post to right sections, right cities to get the biggest exposure. They will also follow up all new changes that Craigslist is doing all the time. Basically if you can monetize traffic from Craigslist you can outsource it and still make good profits. CRAIGSLIST POSTING SERVICE

  5. I read that Post and got it fine and informative. Please share more like that...

  6. Nice post. I am using craigslist for our business. now i am very happy because my business running very well. Thanks to Craigslist Posting Service

  7. I have express a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorite’s blog site list and will be checking back soon… webstagram

  8. Lumion Pro Crack is the world's fastest 3D rendering software for architects. In seconds, you can show CAD models in a video or image with a real environment and impressive art style. Import your model from Revit, 3ds Max, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Rhino or ArchiCAD and many other modeling programs. Lumion immediately brings your projects to life, with realistic landscapes and urban context, stylish effects, and thousands of objects and content. download from this
    Little Snitch Crack Once apps are connecting to the Internet, they can send what they want, wherever they want. Generally, they do this to your advantage. But sometimes, like tracking software, Trojans, or other malware, they don't. However, they do not notice anything, because all this happens invisibly under the hood. It makes these Internet connections visible and gives you back control! Whenever an application tries to connect to a server on the Internet, SO displays a connection warning to help you decide whether to allow or deny the connection. No data transmitting without your consent. Your decision will save automatically and apply in the future. download from this

    Epubor Ultimate Converter Crack With the maximum conversion solutions for electronic books you can easily convert between electronic book formats: epub, pdf, Mobi for an electronic book, or in batch mode. You can now convert your epub eBook or PDF layout to Kindle for one minute in Mobi format. You can also change the email address using the serial key of the Epubor Ultimate Converter. download from this

  9. In a sense, emotionally, we lock up our room, listen to sentimental songs, and watch the most tragic or saddest Korean movies. we've ever seen you may like to read now sad korean movies

  10. Microsoft Office Product Key for Free Activation Full Download is the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite published by Microsoft.microsoftofficetorrent

  11. iMobie PhoneClean Pro Crack Download is an advanced and efficient program that helps you clean all kinds of junk and unwanted files from your iDevice (iPhone, iPod, iPad).imobiephonecleanproserialkey

  12. Universal USB Installer Crack Download For Free is a simple, easy to use and powerful bootable USB printer that allows you to create bootable USB drives, UUI allows you to create bootable USB drives from distribution.downloaduniversalusbinstallerkey

  13. Plugin Alliance Complete Crack Free Download has to help you learn, expand, and have fun. For this reason, we created Mixed with MEGA. It presents some of the largest producers and engineers in the world and gives them an immediate picture of the sessions and thought processes.pluginalliancecomplete

  14. MeldaProduction MCompleteBundle Crack Download is the ultimate collection of effects and instruments and currently contains 114 tracks, including MDrummer, MPowerSynth, Dynamics Processor, Stereo Tools, Equalizer, Analyzer, Modulation Effects including Chorus and Phaser, Reverb, and more.meldaproductionmcompletebundlelicensecode

  15. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2020 Activation Key (Document Cloud) is a comprehensive PDF plan that offers customers a lot of limits and features. adobeacrobatprodcfreedownload

  16. InPixio Photo Studio Crack Crackclick is a very powerful image editing application with a variety of powerful tools that allows users to correct photos and delete all unnecessary parts of images. It is a simple and modern application with a huge list of features that saves a lot of time and provides preview support before and after applying Luts. When it comes to removing unnecessary parts, simply highlight the object and the app will do the rest. In addition, users can easily create photomontages and perform various types of corrections with a few clicks. Support for drag and drop makes it very easy for users to add photos to start editing. It is also possible to correct the perspective of the images and improve the photos accordingly. Erase objects, edit images, and remove reflections and remove reflections for clearer results.

  17. Vegasaur Crack 2021 is an extension for VEGAS Pro, the professional non-linear editing system owned by MAGIX Software GmbH (previously, it was the property of Sony Creative Software).

    Synergy Crack for Mac Windows is a lightweight software that provides a range of honest options for customers who swap their mouse and keyboard between a range of computer systems to perform many operations similar to copying, pasting, and transferring data. ‘data records.

    SnapGene Crack is just a bio tool applies at which you’re able to picture the documents to categorize the master plan. A rate and accuracy measuring for each procedure separately. It will plan manners and immediately elaborate on the value of terms. The computer application comes with improvement but depends upon your belief as possible smart. That really can be just a best-simulating program. It is.

    Bluebeam Revu Standard Crack is a powerful tool designed to create PDF documents by combining multiple markups. The program allows you to edit, integrate, and export your files to eliminate the need for printed material in your work.

  18. Thanks for the blog filled with so many information.
    igoal88 คาสิโน

  19. I just want to thank you again. I'm not sure what I can do without the technology you find on this topic.
    Thanx For Sharing

  20. Excellent post.
    I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Thanx For Sharing

  21. I like your all post. You have done really good work. Thank you for the information you provide, it helped me a lot. I hope to have many more entries or so from you.
    Plugin Boutique Scaler crack


  22. Your Post will make a good reference for me. Keep it up.

  23. Wow, amazing block structure! How long
    Have you written a blog before? Working on a blog seems easy.
    The overview of your website is pretty good, not to mention what it does.
    In the content!
    Waves 13 Complete Crack
    FL Studio Crack
    Plugin Alliance Complete Crack
    Wondershare Dr.Fone Crack
    Miracle Box Crack

  24. Thank you for all of your efforts. This post proved to be beneficial for me.


If you enjoyed this post, have a question, or just want to say hey, please leave a comment! I read each comment and love to respond (usually by email), so check your inbox if you don't see a response below!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blogging tips