Apartment hunting with your roommate for fun and profit
Apartment hunting for one is fun, but why not bring a roommate along and make it twice as nice? Actually, apartment hunting sucks… anything you can do to relieve the tedium is a victory for the good guys. So why not try a couple of the games below to see if you can liven things up! You might bring a laugh to a property manager’s day or a little extra misery, but in the end aren’t those both the same thing anyway?
Livin’ the high life. Take an afternoon or three to check out properties well above your means. Not always easy to do, as high-end managers typically know how to sniff out hillbillies. But if you have good social engineering skills via phone or email, you and your roommie could end up getting personal, guided tours of mansions, sky-rise condos, hillside villas, and what-not. Dress appropriately for maximum effect, and be sure to cluck disapprovingly at minutiae (“Oh, the infinity pool doesn’t face the sunset? Pity…”)
Three’s a crowd. Five minutes into your tour of a new apartment, your roommie shows up and pretends to be a current tenant of dubious sanity. Any weird behavior that stresses out the confused manager will do: speaking in tongues, arguing with an imaginary person, shooing away invisible animals. Bonus points if it involves public nudity.
We’ll make it work. With your roommie, look at a tiny studio apartment that clearly is not intended for two. Refute any argument from the manager that it’s not the perfect place for you guys. Bring a giant dog with you for added comic effect.
Who wants it more? You arrive first, check the place out, and express enthusiasm about what you see. Your roommate arrives a couple minutes later and poses as a competing prospective tenant, equally enthusiastic. Sparks fly as you one up each another to win the place, offering increasingly ridiculous amounts of rent. At the emotional crescendo, with the manager visibly salivating you both stop, look around nonplussed, and then say “Ah, forget it…” and walk out.