How to Pick the Right Apartment for You

How to Pick the Right Apartment for You

Finding the perfect apartment can be a little tricky, but it can also be a lot of fun. While apartment hunting, you get to look at different locations, floor plans, unit sizes and layouts. Here are some tips to make your next apartment hunt go a little smoother so that hopefully you can find the place that feels like home. 

Price – Budget is probably the number one thing to take into consideration when renting an apartment. You need to be able to comfortably afford your rent and expenses, so setting a budget and sticking to it will ensure you have money left over for the fun things in life. 

Location, Location, Location – One of the most important factors when picking an apartment is the location. Whether you want to be close to shopping and dining, work, school, friends or family it’s key to pick the right spot. Also, look at the atmosphere of the area. Maybe you like to be right in the hustle and bustle of things, or maybe you want to live in a more quiet secluded area. Either way, it’s important to consider. 

Size Matters – Choosing the right size apartment is very important. Size often dictates price, and if you are needing a specific unit size you will need to make sure the communities you’re looking at offer it. Some other things to take into consideration are inside your unit, like bedroom size, or the inclusion of walk-in closets or double sinks. 

Amenities – These perks are built right into the cost of your rent, so it’s important to find ones you’ll actually use. If having a pool is important to you then look for a community with a professionally maintained pool. If you have a pet you’ll want to make sure your community is pet friendly and maybe you even want to tour ones with on-site dog parks. Whatever your amenity desires are it’s good to check them out before filling out an application. 

Community – Renting an apartment means you’re becoming part of a community. Your community is made up of your neighbors on all sides. Make sure you feel comfortable in this new community and it’s a place you can thrive and grow. Many apartment communities offer things like resident events and socials to help you get to know your neighbors better. Who knows your new best friend might be right next door. 

No matter what you’re looking for, Tonsmeire Properties has it. With rental apartments in Daphne, Fairhope, Foley and Madison we’ve got a place you can call home. Give us a call today to start touring our beautiful properties and find the right fit for you.

How to Make a Rental House a Home

How to Make a Rental House a Home

You’ve finally made the step to rent a house, which means it’s time to put a stamp of your own to make it home. Even if you are just renting, that does not mean your home can’t be the home of your dreams! There are so many unique ways to add a touch of your own personal style to every part of your home. From pops of color to furniture that opens up a room, we’re sure there are design elements and options you’ll love for your space.

Fill your home with things you love

It’s true when they say “Home is where the heart is” especially when you fill your home with the things you love! Whether that’s beautiful artwork, crafts or items that were gifted or brought back from a trip, surrounding yourself with objects you treasure can turn an ordinary space into an elaborate home you love just as much!

Living things for a living space

Having indoor house plants can change the atmosphere of a home almost instantly! There’s just something about having a little piece of nature in your space to enhance the overall feeling and appearance of your home. Not only do house plants look great, but they often have physical health benefits, too. Studies have shown houseplants can boost your mood, productivity and creativity all while helping reduce stress and absorbing toxins in our air. 

Light up your space

Lighting is a simple, yet effective, way to change the atmosphere of a room and your home. Luckily, there are so many unique designs and styles to change the dynamic of your space. Strategically placed floor lamps, free-standing lights and ceiling fan lights will transform your home into a stylish and comfortable abode.

Add color to bring your home to life

Color is a constructive way to personalize your home to your style. Start with how you want your home to feel. Do you want to achieve a calming and relaxed atmosphere in your home? Aim towards adding blues and grays. Do you want to achieve a minimalistic and polished look to your home? Add touches of neutral colors like shades of white and beige. No matter what colors you love, choosing colors that cater to your style is sure to turn a house into a home.

Multi-functioning furniture

A sure way to spice up your rental home is by adding furniture that fits your needs. Depending on how much space you have, utilizing multi-functioning furniture could benefit your space and storage needs. Sleek sofa beds or folding dining tables and chairs can be practical, useful and interchanged on a daily basis. Consider shopping functionality over style next time you need a new piece of furniture!

With Tonsmeire Properties, we have homes to fit your lifestyle, and there are so many ways to turn a rental space into a dream home. We offer many choices when it comes to deciding your new home and can help you find the rental property you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to be a part of the community by emailing us at We look forward to helping you find a home.

Should I Rent a House or an Apartment?

Should I Rent a House or an Apartment?

When deciding to rent there can be a lot of options. One of the biggest decisions is should you rent a house or an apartment. The two may seem awfully similar and maybe you aren’t sure how to choose one or the other. Here are some things to consider that will help you if you’re trying to decide between renting a house or renting an apartment

How Much Space Do You Need? 

One of the big things to consider when weighing your options is how much space you will need. You should consider how many bedrooms you will need as well as how much extra space you will need or want for things like an office, nursery, playroom, workout space or guest room. Apartments traditionally are smaller floor plans so if 1-2 bedrooms is what you’re looking for then that might be your best option. If you need more space then you might want to consider a rental house

What Amenities/Perks Do You Want? 

Apartments come with a host of amenities built into your rent. Things like pools, fitness centers and dog parks are right at the tip of your fingers. It’s one of the biggest perks of renting. Luckily there are also rental homes that have communities filled with amenities so you don’t necessarily have to decide. Sometimes houses do have other perks like attached garages and fenced lawns. If you prefer to be off the ground floor or have a balcony then renting an apartment is perfect for you.

Is Accessibility a Concern? 

Both rental houses and rental apartments can be extremely accessible however you will find more accessibility in most houses. Maybe you need a ground floor home because you cannot maneuver stairs, maybe you need an attached garage because you have little ones or maybe you simply want to make life easier when you move by not dealing with stairs. Whatever the reason, accessibility is something to consider. 

When choosing a rental home there’s lots to choose from and we have some of the most premium rentals in Baldwin County. From apartments to houses we’ve got you covered and we think you’ll feel right at home in one of our gorgeous communities. Give us a call or stop by one of our properties to learn more about rental apartments and houses. Whatever your needs, chances are we have a home and a community for you!

At Tonsmeire Properties, we have the perfect place to call home, whether it be an apartment or a rental home, we have homes to fit your lifestyle! Contact us today to be a part of the community by emailing us at We look forward to helping you find a home.

Preventing Pet Damage in Your Apartment

Preventing Pet Damage in Your Apartment

Our four legged friends are a joy to have in the home. They greet us at the door, they provide laughs and companionship, but with all that joy can come costly deposits and repair bills if your pet causes damage to your apartment. Here’s a couple ways you can prevent pet damage before it happens ensuring you get more of your money back in your pocket and avoid a major headache. 

Get your pet some exercise! 

One of the biggest reasons pets cause damage is because they don’t have enough room to run and play. Not all pets need the same amount of exercise but some each day is necessary for a healthy pet and a damage-free home. If you have a dog consider taking them to the dog park to play catch or out on a run. If your four legged friend is a feline consider getting them a toy they can chase or wrestle with to burn off a little energy. 

Offer them alternatives! 

Pets like to chew and scratch, it’s just in their nature. Pets without toys or scratching posts might try and scratch things like walls, doors and furniture. Make sure they have the items they need to keep them busy, happy and away from things they should be chewing on. Rubber chew toys, rope toys and bones are great for pups while scratching posts and soft catnip toys are perfect for kitties. 

Keep up on grooming! 

Pets need grooming just like humans and if they aren’t getting it regularly it might lead to some issues both for you and for them down the road. Long nails on both cats and dogs can cause damage to floors, walls and doors as well as affect the way they walk. Additionally when pets aren’t brushed and groomed they will shed more leaving thick layers of hair embedded in your carpet. Getting your pet groomed regularly will cut down on damages to your home and time spent cleaning. Win win! 

Train your pets! 

Training your pets is a sure fire way to keep an orderly home. Your pets can learn to stay off counters and furniture, where to properly use the bathroom and how to be calm at night when you’re sleeping. You can opt to teach your pet yourself or use a trainer. At the end of the day it might feel tedious training a new pet (or even an old one) but it will be well worth it.

Pets are an amazing addition to your life and with the proper care they will thrive in your apartment home. Living in a pet friendly apartment community like the one owned by Tonsmeire Properties can be an awesome experience so be sure to make the most of it! 

With Tonsmeire Properties, we have homes to fit your lifestyle and we can help you find the rental property you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to be a part of the community by emailing us at We look forward to helping you find a home.

What’s Right for You – Apartment or Single-Family Rental Homes?

What’s Right for You – Apartment or Single-Family Rental Homes?

Looking into renting an apartment or single-family home but stuck on which one to choose? We make it easy for you to decide on a floor plan and style that works for you. Become part of one of our many exclusive communities from our four locations in Alabama. As you make your final decision, we collected these tips to help get you one step closer to becoming a resident today. 


  • Find the Right Fit: 

We want to help point you in the right direction, so we begin by showcasing what our communities have to offer. All of our floor plans have stunning features. No matter where you choose, our community amenities, wonderful building features, wide variety of floor plans and breath-taking sceneries are always a bonus to come home to. I mean, have you seen our lake front deck at our Bay Breeze community?


  • Less is More (Apartment Living)

The saying ‘less is more’ applies ideally to residents who want an apartment size living space. If you are looking for a floor plan that contains the right amount of square footage to fit up to two bedrooms and two bathrooms, then look no further. There are many different options to choose from, so our floor plans are surely not limited. We have apartment communities in Daphne, Foley and Madison, Alabama.


  • More Space, More Place (Single-Family Home)

In life, we sometimes need more space for the things we love. We may want a yard for our kids to play in or an attached two-car garage and driveway for our vehicles. A single-family home in our South Pointe Community provides plentiful square footage with up to three bedrooms and two baths, plus it’s only a short drive away from Gulf Shores, Alabama. These homes are perfect for anyone needing more space and for the hosts with the most! 


  • A Space to Love 

Add style to your apartment by choosing from our furnished apartment options. This saves you time from moving and unpacking while providing you with alluring furniture pieces. Or, move in with your items and add your home decor to make it feel like home. You will also love the many modern apartment features like ice makers for your favorite cold summer beverages. 


  • A Space to Call Home 

Our single-family homes are perfect for those looking to move without the commitment of having a mortgage. You will feel right at home with complete privacy with a screened porch and private backyard. 

With Tonsmeire Properties, we have homes to fit your lifestyle and we can help you find the rental property you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to be a part of the community by emailing us at