Apartment Living

Neighbor etiquette, how to decorate, and so much more! As if our Facebook and Instagram didn’t have you covered on all things “apartment living”, the team at La Maison offers you more in-depth advice. 

Luxury Apartment or House; which is the best fit for you?

Moving to a new place can be very exciting. A new location, experiences, memories, and decorating. However, something might still seem unsettling at first. Are you missing the “home” feeling? Making your apartment feel like your home is simple.

Decluttering

Yes, your apartment will have boxes and bubble wrap lying around for a while. Donate the unnecessary items and tuck away the ones not being used. Being in the middle of “too much” and “not enough” can be the key to making a space your own. It’s much better to put away the unnecessary and display the things that are most important to you to show off your personality.

Display Your Sentimental Items

These are the little knick-knacks and photos that will make your apartment feel like home. Photos of your loved ones, a blanket that maybe your grandmother made you, a piece of furniture that has been passed down to you. It’s the little things in life that hold so much meaning, why not show them off? Before you know it, your home will be complete.

Cook A Delicious Meal

Sometimes unpacking can be exhausting and fast food is the easy route to go. Start with your kitchen first and cook a delicious dinner to celebrate your new home. The feeling of preparing a cooked meal will sure to make you feel at home.

Privacy Is A Must

Hanging your curtains can really make a huge difference. Not only do they help tie in all your room décor but, they can give you dim lighting or go for the complete blackout feel. This is sure to make your home feel super cozy, private and not to mention “complete”.

Organizing

Boxes galore is the current situation I’m sure. Start with one room at a time and as you’re unpacking, go ahead and put them in the place you would like them. If something doesn’t seem right after all the boxes have been empty, try to rearrange to get that perfect look for your home. Home organization can bring a stress-free lifestyle to your home.

Settling In

After you have finished unpacking, the bubble wrap and boxes have disappeared, and your apartment now feels like a little oasis of your own, just sit back, relax, look around and enjoy your new place. You have created something that fits your personality and reflects who you are. Everything is coming together, and you have a place you can call HOME.

Enjoying the Little Things Your Home Has to Offer

The little things in life can be the best part of your day. Rather it may be having a stranger buy your coffee or you are paying for someone else’s, to someone just being polite and opening a door for you. Or it just may be it’s getting to come home to your apartment and loving where you live, getting to enjoy the incredible view your apartment has of the sunset or maybe it’s the spectacular size of your kitchen for those moments you become a gourmet chef. It’s the little things in your home that can create enjoyable moments.

Luxury Apartment or House; which is the best fit for you?

You might be moving out of the dorms, taking a new job, or looking for a new lifestyle and you have one giant question: apartment or house? You could be leaning one way more than the other. Possibly totally up in the air. No matter what has been holding you back, this list will help you make your best decision.

Renting an Apartment

Positives of Renting an Apartment

• Space: Choices include one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom floor plans which means you can find just the right amount of space based upon your needs.

• Area: Most houses are usually in very suburban areas; an apartment can put you in a fantastic neighborhood or minutes from the hot spots of downtown.

• Upkeep: Renting an apartment, you won’t have to worry about maintaining the great outdoors, and the apartment maintenance staff takes care of most of the issues inside your apartment.

• Amenities: Each apartment community offers its own luxurious amenities. Many have fitness rooms, a clubhouse, outdoor kitchens, a playground, dog park, even zero entry pools!

• Relationships: Apartment living offers a true sense of community to residents. You can meet your neighbors and make new friends at community events.

Negatives of Renting an Apartment

• Space: Apartments are often not as large as a house. While that can mean you might have less storage space, many renters see this as an opportunity to downsize.

• Impact: Problems outside of your control can affect your day to day life, it could be a leak from an upstairs apartment or a neighbor not aware of how much noise they create.

Renting a House

Positives of Renting a House

• Space: Renting a house usually means more available square footage, which also means more daily upkeep.

• Parking: With most houses, you have driveway or street parking so you have easy front door access.

• Amenities: Choosing a rental house gives you different opportunities for amenities. Everything from an enclosed garage to a pool just for you!

Negatives of Renting a House

• Maintenance: That pool comes along with its own set of responsibilities, not just cleaning but maintaining the chemicals which can be tricky. You’ll also have lawn care and minor repairs around the house.

 • Landlords: Most houses are rented by individual landlords who may not have experience in property management or can be hard to reach, while apartments have a professional management company that is available 24 hours a day.

Other Considerations

Make sure to think of your lifestyle goals and needs when choosing between an apartment and a house.

Remember: finding what is best for you and your family can be a daunting task, but there are teams in place to help answer any questions you might have. Contact us at La Maison of Saraland and we will be happy to assist you in finding your perfect apartment home.

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