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. 

How To Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals make a wonderful addition to your kitchen. They are a great way to make sure that your kitchen sink does not get clogged up so easily, and also ensure that left over food does not go down the drain. Occasionally though your disposal will get backed up and you will start to have an unpleasant smell in your kitchen, and no one wants that. Lucky for you, we have a few simple tips below to make sure that your disposal sis working properly and stays in good condition!

1. Clean Around the Garbage Disposal

Cleanliness is a big part of making sure your disposal is in great working condition. Before you start any cleaning close to your disposal, be sure that the power is off. Not only should you regularly clean your sink, but you should also pay close attention to your disposal. If you are cleaning and don’t have a lot of time, a rag will do the trick. If you have a little more time an old toothbrush will do the trick! Be sure to contact the leasing office if you have any issues with your disposal and to see if there is a portion of the disposal that can be removed or cleaned.

2. Try Fruit & Citrus Peels 

While this will not clean the disposal, it will make it will help freshen it up! The best way to do it is to cut up a lemon or an orange into quarters. After that, you will turn on the disposal and do a quarter at a time until you are finished. Be sure to rinse your sink and disposal out with hot water.

3. Use Ice & Salt

While some say that using ice will sharpen the blades, the truth is that most disposals nowadays use a pulverizing technique. The ice and salt mixture allow it to scrub off any old residue that may be in the disposal.

4. Use Baking Soda & Vinegar

We would not suggest using this as an all-purpose cleaner but, on occasion, it would work well for a disposal. The mixture of the 2 cleaning agents creates a fizz that can get residue off your disposal.

Enjoy a More Fresh Kitchen!

We hope you can use these tips to help keep your apartments disposal clean and our property in tip top shape! Please, also be aware that if you are having any issues with your disposal or any small appliance please the leasing office during Le Rivage’s hours of operation.

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Live in a Luxurious Apartment

New apartment, new you? Am I right?! We are so excited at La Maison that you are thinking about leaping into the glorious, low-maintenance living of an apartment. Here at La Maison of Saraland, we are quickly approaching the busiest moving season of the entire year, and we want to let you know the top 5 reasons why you should decide to become our newest tenant today!

1. Lawn Care

When deciding between a house or an apartment one of the top concerns for a new homeowner is the upkeep of the lawn care. Don’t mess with the stress of purchasing lawn care equipment or deciding on a company to take care of it for you. 

When you chose an apartment, we take care of that for you with no charge to you!

2. Amenities

One of the most wonderful things about living in an apartment complex is the amenities, and at La Maison we have some of the best. 

Here on property, we have a resort-style pool, 24 hr. tanning facility, business center, hot tub, and 24 hr. fitness center. The best part is that if you are a tenant, you do not pay anything to access all these amazing amenities.

3. Social Events

Looking for a good time, but not too far from home? Come join our monthly social events! We love to show our appreciation to our residents as often as we can at La Maison. 

That is why we make sure to host monthly events for our residents such as our resident breakfasts and this month our annual Easter egg hunt! 

You don’t have to be a social butterfly to walk down to the clubhouse and enjoy a good time with your neighbors.

4. Maintenance 

Something broken? Our maintenance staff can fix it! If something in your apartment is not working, simply put in a service request and our maintenance staff comes out within 48 hours. 

You don’t ever have to worry about your air conditioner going out and costing thousands of dollars; we take care of it for you!

5. Appliances 

One of the main differences in choosing an average apartment and a luxury apartment is appliances! 

When you make the decision to live in a luxury apartment, all appliances are included. Save some extra cash and move into an apartment that is fully furnished with kitchen appliances!

You Deserve This Lifestyle

When deciding on your new place to call home, make sure to consider these top 5 reasons why you should live in a luxury apartment. Don’t forget that everyone needs a little luxury in their life, you deserve it!

 

Making Your New Apartment Feel Like Home

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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