Roomster is an excellent example of the numerous websites that exist for the purpose of helping interested individuals find housing that is suitable for their particular needs and circumstances. In its case, it is very specialized in nature, which is perhaps unsurprising considering its name. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Roomster:
1. Find Roommates
Primarily, Roomster exists for the purpose of helping interested individuals find roommates. This can be very useful under the right circumstances, seeing as how roommates can pool their resources to rent properties that would be either impossible or impractical for either one of them to rent on their own. However, the potential complications of a bad roommate makes finding the right roommate very important.
2. Help Apartment Finders
With that said, people who are looking for a suitable apartment can use Roomster to post "apartment wanted" ads. Such ads might not seem like much, but enough of them can nonetheless speed up the rate at which interested individuals can find an apartment that is suitable for their particular needs and circumstances. Something that should eliminate some of the stress that is inherent to the process.
3. Help Apartment Managers
On a related note, Roomster lets apartment owners, apartment managers, and other people with vacancies in their rental properties post ads about those as well. Once again, this can be very useful because a rental property that isn't occupied is a rental property that isn't making money, meaning that finding a suitable tenant tends to be a top priority for such individuals.
4. Used to Be Limited to the US, the UK, and Canada
There was a time when Roomster was limited in the sense that its services extended to the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Nowadays, its reach extends much further, which should come as welcome news for people looking for roommates in a wide range of countries while using a wide range of languages.
5. Limited Functionality without Signing Up
Unsurprisingly, Roomster has limited functionality when the user hasn't signed in. However, limited functionality isn't the same as no functionality. For example, it is still possible to look up profiles as well as preview results.
6. Basic Account Is Free
Like a lot of online service providers out there, Roomster offers tiered service. The Basic account offers a smaller number of services but it has the upside of being free, meaning that it can help interested individuals get a feel for what the website is like before taking a further step. In short, it lets users make profiles, perform searches, make posts, and perform the other tasks that one would expect from such a service provider.
7. Paid Account Is Better
Of course, the paid version is better in the sense that it comes with a safe and secure private mail box. Those who are curious should know that the cost is $5.95 for a 3-day subscription, which should be more than enough for a test run. Meanwhile, two weeks is $14.95, while four weeks is $29.95. It is important to note that subscriptions are automatically renewed for 30 days at a cost of $29.95, which will be a serious concern for some.
8. Membership Can Be Cancelled At Any Time
With that said, membership can be cancelled at any time. Something that should come as welcome news for people who don't intend to do anything more than just subscribing while they are looking for a roommate before cancelling said subscription once they have gotten what they wanted.
9. Has Filters
Of course, Roomster's search functions have filters to make it that much easier for interested individuals to find whatever it is that they are looking for. One excellent example is the pet filter, which lets people sort listings that are pet friendly and listings that are not so pet friendly.
10. 24/7 Support
Support is always available on Roomster for those who want it. Luckily, this means that if people have some kind of concern that they need to be addressed, they can just make contact to get their questions answered, thus enabling them to get back to looking for the perfect roommate as soon as possible, thus making for better progress under the circumstances.
Written by Garrett Parker
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