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Do You Trust Craigslist Listings Without Pictures?

Whenever I use Craigslist for apartment hunting, I tend to gravitate toward the listings with pictures, sometimes even eliminating those without altogether by checking the "has image" box. It seems like a no brainer: if you have an amazing place and want to grab the attention of a lot of people, you would make sure they can see how fabulous it is. So without pictures, potential tenants are thinking, "What's wrong with it?" But it has occurred to me that there could be legitimate reasons for why the posting doesn't include images. Maybe it's still being renovated, the landlord hasn't had updated photos taken, photos don't do it justice, it's too tiny for good shots, or the current tenant's furniture is still in the apartment. What do you think? Share your good or bad experiences with photo-free Craigslist ads in the comments below.

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Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
If they can't provide a picture at least let me know why, otherwise I am definitely not wasting my time.
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 7 years
i never look at postings without images... but you raise a good point.. maybe the current tenants are messy.
MandyWH MandyWH 7 years
I definitely gravitate toward listings with images -- as y'all have said, if you can't take the time to take a photo, why should I bother looking? But I have seen some beautiful apartments in person that didn't have photos in the listing because a) the current tenant's stuff was still in it, or b) the landlord was too adorably old and befuddled by technology to load them. So I always keep my options open.
GratefulGrl80 GratefulGrl80 7 years
i'm actually looking for housemates on craigslist myself, but i don't have any pictures up yet b/c the apartment is still occupied by the former owner. i have a nice description in the post, and i've sent a more thorough description to those who've e-mailed me about the listing. it's an amazing apartment, and though words can't do it justice, everyone who i've described it to wants to move in! i definitely think that i would have gotten more responses with photos, but i haven't had horrible luck without them either.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
agree with sourcherries! not that i've looked for an apartment on craigslist, but it stands for anything on the net (ebay, furniture etc.)...i will not even bother looking at it if you can't be bothered to take a photo!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
It depends, but I tend to gravitate towards the ones with pictures. When I was searching for my apartment, I also gravitated towards listings with more specifics on location. I didn't need an exact address, but I was more likely to check out something that said, "10th SE between A and B" than something that said, "Capitol Hill." Some of the people posting described their neighborhood in a way I wouldn't and neighborhood was a huge priority for me. (For safety reasons, commute reasons, proximity to public transportation, proximity to restaurants, etc.)
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
If the poster can't be bothered to post a pic, then I can't be bothered to look.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Every time I run a search on craigslist I click the "has image" box.
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