1.) Do’s: First things first, if you don’t see a picture, move on to next one. It is also essential that you see some sort of address and possibly even a map. It is also helpful if housing details are visible; i.e. costs, amenities, deposit and contact information, and time frame on a lease. Armed with these things to look for, searching for housing shouldn’t be so difficult.
2.) Don’ts: If they claim to be out of town and to send them any sort of payment prior to seeing the property or meeting the landlords, it’s probably a good idea to keep browsing. If you are going through anyone that is not a property management company, take precautionary measures before making any type of payment exchanges.
1.) Do’s: Look for quality contact information as well as pictures, this can only lead you down the road of a quality purchase. If a list of improvements or best aspects of the item in question is provided, then continue to ask questions but it is ok to be a little more at ease during the negotiation.
2.) Don’ts: If you don’t feel comfortable and have a sense you are being lied too, chances are this is true. Moral of the story, be careful for dishonesty or offers that take you well beyond your payment maximum. Be weary of unrealistic pricing whether that’s on the high or low end of the spectrum.
1.) Do’s: Do research! It is important when shopping for jobs on craigslist to look up preliminary details regarding this prospective employer. If they have a website, valid contact information (not just an email), and have maps/photos of their establishment, then all you would need to focus on is making yourself marketable.
2.) Don’ts: Never agree to meet with anyone until you have at least had a phone interview and researched the job you are interested in applying for. Also, if any business asks for money as some sort of investment that will earn you earn back later, there are other jobs out there… don’t be naive!