Craigslist has quickly become the modern-day equivalent of the local classifieds in the paper. With more and more people turning to Craigslist for housing options, it can be an important place to list your rental. If you are in the process of figuring out the best way to advertise your rental property, Craigslist is a great place to start. The site has over 60 million visitors per month and is still a go-to source for many renters. It’s easy, it’s free, and you can create a post in minutes. In this post, we will cover two different methods for posting to Craigslist. The first method is a guide for manually creating a post on Craigslist. The second method is the quickest way to post to Craigslist and applies to landlords who are using our free landlord software.
Before we dive into how you can post your rental listing to Craigslist, let’s talk about avoiding Craigslist scams.
Avoiding Craigslist Rental Scams
One of the biggest reservations that landlords and property managers have about posting their rental on Craigslist is that it has a reputation for attracting spam and scams. Given that the site is easy-to-use and you can create a free account, it is a legitimate concern. Here are our tips for avoiding scams on Craigslist:
- Set a competitive rent: Use local rental rates and Rentometer to determine the best rent for your unit. If your rent is low, then you will have more leads, which can make spotting scammers more difficult.
- Know how to spot a scam: If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. For information on some popular scam, take a look at our article, “How to Avoid Renting to Scammers“
- Report fraud: Do your part to protect your property and other landlords’ by letting Craigslist know when you spot a fishy rental ad. On each post, there is a box at the top that you can check if you believe the ad is fraudulent (See photo).
Creating A Craigslist Rental Post: Method #1
If you are not using our free landlord software, the following are the steps needed to advertise your rental property via a Craigslist ad. If you want a quicker, easier process, skip to method #2.
Here are the steps to creating your Craigslist post:
- Go to www.craigslist.org in your web browser.
- Choose your property’s location.
- Login to your account, or create one if you don’t already have one. You’ll find the login option in the upper right corner of the page.
- After you login, you will see an option that reads “new posting” and provides the location that you selected. Click “Go.”
- Select “housing offered” and click “Continue.”
- Select “apts/housing for rent” and click “Continue.”
- You will be asked to fill in the listing information, as seen in the image below. We recommend using the mail relay option for contact information. Be sure to fill in all the required fields. When you’ve finished, click “Continue.”
- On the next page, select whether or not you’d like to include a map of your address, then click “Continue.”
- You have the option of uploading pictures to your post. Take a look at our photo section below for tips. When you’ve uploaded your photos, click “done with images.”
- Review your ad and click “publish.”
Creating A Craigslist Rental Post: Method #2
(For TurboTenant Users)
For those who are using our free landlord software, advertising your rental property is one of the many features you will enjoy. While our software will share your property listing across a variety of channels, Craigslist is the one website you will need to manually add your listing to. The good news is that we have made the process extremely simple for our landlords.
Step 1 – Login
Login to your TurboTenant account.
Step 2 – Click View Properties or Properties
You can either go to View Properties or the Properties tab in the top navigation bar.
Step 3 – Click on the Manage Property
From the Properties gallery view, the option to manage the property will appear as follows:
Step 4 – Select “Post To Craigslist”
Step 5 – Follow the On-Screen Instructions (included below)
Craigslist Posting Instructions
- Copy the HTML code below.
- Log in to your Craigslist account (or create one if it is your first time). Click here to visit Craigslist
- Create a new posting and fill out the Posting title, Postal Code, and Rent Amount. Then make sure to paste the HTML code into the Posting Body so it will look professional
- Upload photos and publish.
TurboTenant Pro Tip:
Your Craigslist ad should be live within 15 minutes of posting.
Bonus Tips For Creating Your Rental Listing
What should I put in my posting?
Get their attention with a title that stands out. You’ll also want to use capitalization to draw the reader’s attention to important words.
Bad Titles: “cozy apartment for rent” or “Family home in great location.”
Good Titles: “3 Bedroom Townhouse near Hughes Stadium” or “Studio Apartment 1/2 mile from Dewey Beach.”
You probably noticed that the better titles included location — give it a try!
Clear, honest description
The body of the posting is where you’ll enter in features and amenities. Paint a picture for your prospective tenants, but don’t exaggerate. The last thing that you want is to have a prospective tenant go to your property for a showing and feel let down. Be as specific as you can with details and include the following information:
- Rent Amount
- Estimate of Monthly Utilities
- # of Bedrooms
- # of Bathrooms
- Square Footage
- Outdoor Spaces
- Pet Policy
- Smoking Policy
Highlight the best feature in a concise manner. Is your property located near the brand new medical facility? A sentence that says, “2 blocks to Hoover Medical Center,” will help renters place your property if they aren’t familiar with the area.
Don’t underestimate the power of formatting. Creating a list of features will be easier to read for your renters. You can use basic HTML your listing to create a bullet list for your features or, if you are a TurboTenant user, you can simply copy and paste the HTML we provide.
Clear, well-lit photos will make your property stand out. Avoid adding filters to your photos, or taking them with a special kind of lens to make the room appear larger. As tempting as it is, it can create a false first impression for your applicants.
How do I get leads from my post?
Once you have a fabulous posting, you’ll start to hear from prospective tenants. Certain factors, like the time of year that you post and how competitive the rent is will factor into how many people are reaching out to you. People will contact you via email or phone, depending on what contact information you provided for your account. Reach out quickly to inquiries. Renters are most likely looking at several places, so the quicker you respond and set up a time to meet, the more quickly you’ll fill your vacancy.
Ready To Get Started?
If you want to make the process of advertising your rental property across the web a cinch, try out TurboTenant. today. Our landlord tools are 100 percent free to use. We will help you create a beautiful property listing, complete with your own rental property web page. Then we will market your property across an array of online channels, and we will provide you with the easy content you need to post to Craigslist in just a few clicks. Increase your number of applicants through our easy-to-use property listing program, accept rental applications online and screening tenants.