Whether you’re a household or a housemate, creating an engaging profile is vital to your success in finding the right living arrangement for you. Your profile is literally a first glance into who you are and how you like to live, so you want to draw people into your world, so they’ll want to know more about you.
Listen to our CEO and Founder, Ludwina Dautovic, talk about profiles on The Room Xchange Podcast.
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There are a few simple things you can do that will greatly benefit you and won’t take much time at all.
What’s the number one thing that your friends say is great about you? This is usually a great statement to add to your ‘about’ section. It’s a one liner that will show up in the public search results. This sentence, plus your profile photo, is the first thing users will see. Here’s a good example: ‘I’m a curious person who loves to learn and engage with people.’ Or ‘I’m a neat freak who loves to organise and sort out people’s spaces. Or ‘I love to travel and explore different cultures and lifestyles.’ All of these statements tell the reader something interesting about you.
Choose the right profile photo. This is the image in the round circle and it's the first image people will see of you. A head and shoulders photo is ideal. Make sure the light is in front of you and not behind you. Smile and be engaging in the photo. These photos will be used on your public profile and we’ll also use them for our social media promotion of your account so it's important that you're comfortable with these images being public.
The section for additional information is where you can add information about a rent offset. If you are a household who would like to offset the rent by having the housemate do some extra jobs around the house, list it here. If you’re a housemate and you are happy to offer your time to offset your rent, mention it here.
You can also add information such as any quirks you might have (people sometimes find these interesting) fascinating bits of info, location benefits, nice areas of the home or if it’s close to the beach.
You can add additional photos in the gallery image section. If you are a household, we recommend you add photos of the bedroom, living areas, kitchen and outdoor areas. If it’s by the beach or a nice shopping strip you can add an image of that too. Don’t add any photos of the front of your house that might show your specific location. If you are a housemate, add some images that reflect your personality. If you’re a good cook add images of your food, if you like travelling, show some travel photos or if you’re an artist show some of your paintings. Do not add any images that are considered to be offensive or sexual in nature. If you come across any such images while searching, please let us know and we'll suspend the account immediately. We also randomly check profiles to ensure they are compliant and all images are appropriate.
The rest of the profile is based on multiple choice questions so they’re nice and easy. It will take you about 15 minutes to complete your profile from start to finish.