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 Mobile & Baldwin Counties. 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. Contact us today to be a part of the community by calling (251) 232-2146. 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! 

At Tonsmeire Properties, we can help you find the rental property you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to be a part of the community by calling (251) 232-2146. 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 five 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, Mobile 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. 

At Tonsmeire Properties, we can help you find the rental property you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to be a part of the community by calling (251) 232-2146. We look forward to helping you find a home.

Top 5 Reasons to Live at a Tonsmeire Property

Top 5 Reasons to Live at a Tonsmeire Property

With over 50 years of experience and several coastal locations, Tonsmeire Properties has a home for any lifestyle. Whether you want the small-town charm of Fairhope, the busy hub of Mobile or the beach life of Foley, Alabama, there is a home available for you. Here are the top five reasons why you should consider a Tonsmeire Properties home if you are looking to move to Fairhope, Daphne, Mobile, Foley or Madison, Alabama:


1. Lifestyle of Your Choice
Enjoy the Jubilee fun in Daphne at our Bay Breeze location, or take a stroll in downtown Fairhope with the scenic shops. Every weekend could be a beach day in our rental homes in Foley, Alabama where you are close to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach’s white sandy beaches! If the city life is more your style, you can check out the apartments we offer in Mobile, AL and in Madison/Huntsville. Whichever apartment homes community you choose, you are bound to be inspired by the emphasis on the community and living green.

2. Choose Green Living
Each Tonsmeire Property is built and maintained with conservation and living green! Our apartment communities are a step above with our salt-water pools, energy-efficient appliances, community gardens and recycling services. On a smaller level, many of our apartment homes have natural scenery, including the breathtaking live oaks at our Mobile Kingswood Apartments and the boardwalk at our Daphne East Bay community. Each property has a special feature.

3. Amenities Galore
When you live at a Tonsmeire Property, you can leave the gym membership fees behind! Each of our multifamily communities includes features like 24-hour fitness centers, outdoor gathering spaces and we are pet friendly! We are always looking to improve our community.

4. Location, Location, Location
If you are looking for a convenient location, then you are bound to find that in our favorite Alabama cities! Mobile, Daphne and Fairhope are close to many top-notch schools and universities, such as the University of South Alabama. Foley is just a short drive away from tourist-favorite Gulf Shores. Finally, our Windscape community in Madison, Alabama is just minutes away from big-name employers like NASA, Polaris, Boeing and Downtown Huntsville.

5. More Than Apartments
Tonsmeire Properties also has family homes available for rent in our South Pointe community. If you are looking for a rental property but not sure if the apartment life is right for you, consider one of our rental houses. You can view our inventory here.


Here at Tonsmeire Properties, our mission is to provide quality home, safe living environment and the highest level of service for every resident. With amenities that impress and communities that you will want to be a part of, pack your bags and see what awaits you in a Tonsmeire community!

At Tonsmeire Properties, we can help you find the rental property you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to be a part of the community by calling 251-232-2146. We look forward to helping you find a home.