Parentally-Challenged 'Adultescents' to Compete for Independence in the 2006 Apartments.com Room To Move Contest
CHICAGO, April 5, 2006 -- Apartments.com is once again looking for
the nation's most freedom-worthy adultescent in the third annual
Apartments.com Room To Move Contest. One lucky individual between the ages of
21 and 30 will get a new lease on life in the form of a total prize package
valued at $21,500 in cash and prizes and the chance to finally break free from
living with their family. Two runner up entries will receive $500 cash each.
This year's exclusive contest sponsor, Budget Truck Rental, is contributing a
moving truck rental and moving supplies to the grand prize package.
"Last year's winner was a 22-year-old woman sharing a bunk bed with her
16-year-old sister, so the bar is set high for this year's entries," said
Michael Ricciardelli, Apartments.com spokesperson. "Living with your parents,
siblings or other family members is not a source of pride for adultescents,
but getting thousands of dollars in cash from Apartments.com -- and the
independence that comes with it -- can help make up for some pretty tricky
To ensure the "pride" of the family does not sneak back into the house,
the prize includes the services of HGTV's My First Space to revamp the newly
vacated room and help give the winner's family the den, exercise room or craft
room they have always wanted -- and waited for.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau more than 18 million unmarried
Americans aged 18 to 34 live with their families, so contest organizers are
bracing themselves for a flood of entries detailing the humor and exasperation
associated with this living arrangement, including house rules, tight quarters
and the aggravation of spending the best years of one's single life under the
watchful eyes of parents.
Apartments.com will judge contest photos and essays on the level of
creativity and humor describing the circumstances, the source of the
predicament and the entrant's plans for freedom. Those eager to declare their
independence can enter the contest from April 3 through May 15 on the contest
Web site located at http://www.apartments.com/roomtomove . Official rules,
guidelines, facts and statistics can also be found on the contest Web site.
Apartments.com allows renters to search from millions of online apartment
listings from managed properties, private landlords and classified ads,
including listings from more than 170 newspapers nationwide. In addition,
Apartments.com offers users a "Fill Your Vacancy" service for listing single
units that are For Rent By Owner (or landlord).