Let’s face it – apartment living isn’t just about the apartment home you are renting; it is about the perks that come with it! However, choosing the perfect apartment community that fits your lifestyle is not always a walk in the park. Before you begin your apartment hunt, create a list of what you are expecting out of your ideal apartment community.pool

There are several amenities to consider when finding your perfect place; some are obvious and in plain view, while others are require some thought and are usually based on past rental experiences.

Here are the top 5 most requested amenities from a typical renter:

  • Private Balconies
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Gated

However, that’s not all that should be considered. Here are the most overlooked amenities that ultimately matter the most:

Attentive Management

Having to rely on others to handle what you do not want to comes with the territory of renting. An attentive management team is very important when considering your new living arrangement. When you have issues, you want to make sure they are handled in a timely manner. Be sure to check www.apartmentratings.com or www.yelp.com prior to your move to give you the most insight beforehand.

Dog Runs or Pet Parks

With the required leash laws of most cities, as well as a pet policy at most apartment communities, having a dog run or pet park is essential when helping your pet exercise and burn off any excess energy.

Pay Online & Submitting Service Requests Online

Paying online and being able to submit service requests online is probably one of the most convenient features an apartment community can offer you. You can do both from the accessibility of your cell phone while sitting on your comfy couch at home.

Covered or Garage Parking

Mother Nature is unstoppable, so protecting your vehicle from the elements is important. This also guarantees you a parking spot close to your apartment home at a crowded community.

Business Center

Our personal computers can crash at the worst time. Having a business center allows you to finish your project or search information without being delayed.

What apartment amenity means the most to you? Be sure to check out the apartment communities Aspen Square has available in your area. Aspens Square Management communities are known for having the amenities that matter!


Are you marking off the days on your calendar until Football Season? Good chances you are since football is one of America’s favorite pastimes! From the NCAA to the NFL, football is a BIG DEAL! The question is, how are you going to host your Sunday Night Football get together in your apartment home? We have a few tips & tricks just for you!

Pre-gaming and finger foods are kind of like spaghetti and meatballs; you can’t have one without the other. To fulfill your guests’ football night appetite, a crock pot is a must have! For mouthwatering recipes, can you say Pinterest?! Delicious dips, beef tips, and ribs are just a small number of things that you can put together quickly with your crock pot. It also will make your apartment home smell like bliss!

Once you’ve got your food out of the way, next is your seating arrangement. Entertaining can be a little difficult in apartments sometimes. Prepare ahead of time by clearing the room and creating a seating arrangement for your entire guest list. Short on seating? Folding chairs or bean bags are an easy fix! You don’t want your guests to have to sit on an uncomfortable bar stool all night, plus folding chairs are easy to store.

Lastly, the most important thing to consider when planning for your get together is noise level. When it comes to football, there’s a lot of screaming, yelling, and cheering (maybe even crying). You have to make sure your guests keep this to a minimum and be considerate of your neighbors who may not be football fans. Consider creating a new way to cheer on your boys by using hand gestures or facial expressions.

NOW… Who’s ready for some football!?party

There is no denying it is summer time—especially if you live in the South! If you are like most, you are searching for ways to cool off your apartment home without racking up a high electricity bill. Luckily, it is possible to keep your apartment cool without it costing you a lot of money, plus it is good for the environment!


1. Turn off all electronics and appliances. Basically, this means anything that is origins of heat that you do not desperately need to use should be unplugged. This will not only help with cooling off your apartment, it will save on your electric bill.

2. Open your windows for fresh air and use fans to create circulation. Fans can actually make a room feel up to 7 degrees cooler and use much less electricity than your air conditioning system.

3. If you absolutely want to run your air conditioning, be sure to cover your windows. Insulated curtains do the best job of keeping your apartment cool.

4. Be sure to have your AC filter changed frequently and close off unused rooms. This will maximize your air conditioning’s efficiency.

5. Drink lots of water. This not only helps you from becoming dehydrated in the summer heat, it helps your body feel cooler. Try drinking at least 8 ounces a day and adding lemon or mint leaves to make it more refreshing.

If nothing else, you can use this website to countdown the days until Christmas time!

What tips and tricks do you use to beat off the summer heat???

Show off your style in your new apartment home without breaking the bank or any of your community manager’s rules!  Apartment home renting can be an excellent choice for avoiding property taxes and home repairs, plus it offers great flexibility with location. However, it can also be a little challenging when trying to show off your style in your new place without risking your security deposit.

Here are a few tricks to make your apartment a home while staying within a budget and not upsetting your apartment manager:

Creative Curtains:

Looking for something to tie back your curtains with?  Have you ever thought about using bracelets?  Put your rarely used accessories to use as curtain tiebacks and placing them around your curtain panels!   curtains

Removable Wallpaper:

What?! This stuff actually exists and is perfect for renters!  This website has a plethora of different options to choose from such as floral, graphics, chalk board, etc. http://www.chasingpaper.com.

Put Some Paint On It:

Did you parents give you a dresser that they have had since 1960?  No problem!  Save money with a fresh coat of paint on it and call it brand new!  A dresser created by you is the perfect way to show off your style! This also helps add some of your own personal color touches to your apartment home without having to paint the walls.

Good lighting:

Place a few lamps around your apartment home and transform your room into a canvas to show off your décor. Get creative and budget friendly by purchasing a vintage lamp from a garage sale and adding a fresh shade. This is the perfect piece to convert your apartment into your own sanctuary.

The Bigger, The Better:

Enlarge your space by adding a mirror or two.  Group several mirrors together or add a floor length mirror to make your space feel taller.  Mirrors can be one of the best tools to make your spaces look
much larger than they actually are.


Share your ideas on how to show off your style in your new apartment home on a budget!


Our staff at Chapins Landing was not only honored but extremely pleased after receiving the Best of Pensacola Apartment Rental Agency award


Each year, the Pensacola Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies help make the Pensacola area a great place to live, work and play.

Our entire office staff works extremely hard with all of the Social Media, local marketing outreach, and resident retention. Outreach programs such as our Preferred Employer Program, student housing efforts and those that serve in our military have made a high impact within the community along with giving us the competitive edge with our local competition. Even with our greatest battle of still being in a renovation stage, the staff has gone over and beyond with customer service to new and existing residents. Tokens of appreciation such as a cheerful move in gift, resident birthday card and our new 3 step renewal program gifts, has separated us from any other apartment community in the area. We all know we cannot always please everyone, but the small gestures such as gift cards, flowers, a small gift makes, or simply just listening to the residents concern makes a world of difference and can make an unhappy resident extremely happy! Another highlight our community features that our residents love is our monthly newsletter. We try to make each month unique with resident events, a food truck feature, a local business highlight which assists us with our local marketing, upcoming events in the area, contests, and charitable events such as a food drive or back to school donation to boost community morale.

In addition to all the internal office efforts, our start-up foreman Scott Fuller and his entire crew have been working vigorously with all of the interior and exterior renovations. The city Chamber and mayor has also recognized our efforts to make a difference within the community and the city of Pensacola. Not only is the multi-million dollar project helping bring an increase of revenue and job placements to the city, it is also assisting in bringing an uplifting morale to the local area.

Congratulations to the team at Chapins Landing for going above and beyond! This award was well deserved!


A large part of the American dream has entailed life, liberty and the pursuit of home ownership—a goal of boomers from coast to coast. But not their kids, the thriving millennials, who prefer the buzz of city life to the suburbs and renting to owning. Millennials prefer tenant city living for a variety of reasons, including the ability to get around without owning a car and cost factors due to the economic impacts caused by the recession, according to a 2014 Nielsen survey.Couple moving in house

Top Cities for Millennials

Nielsen’s survey results show growth in U.S. cities outpacing other areas for the first time since the 1920s, thanks in part to young people who want to live somewhere with a socially conscious, creative vibe. The top 10 cities for millennials include Salt Lake City, Utah, Denver, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth in Texas, and San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in California. When young professionals start looking to upgrade from those college dorms, apartment rentals are often the next step.

Dorm Living Versus Renting an Apartment

There are perks to renting an apartment that you didn’t have in your dorm, and also new challenges to be aware of. Apartments are roomier than dorms, so you’ll need furnishings and accessories to fill your new space, and it’s advisable to safeguard your new digs with a protection plan that covers anything from theft to water damage.

Homeowner associations are more vested in protecting the property values and appearance of the property and do so through formal bylaws and rules for residents. This can be a good thing—keeping the building, surrounding land and common use areas clean, attractive, and in good repair through association fees and management. Renters enjoy a quality living environment without the labors of homeownership such as mowing lawns or making repairs.

Many apartments, especially in the top 10 cities for millennials, are part of mixed-use developments that provide lifestyle communities as opposed dorm style living. Units may be located above thriving retail spaces providing grocers, restaurants, and other shopping and service venues. Or they may be situated nearby open spaces alternating with retail and community use areas, all within walking or cycling distance.

Be Aware of Fees and Restrictions

Renting will come with additional expenses for monthly maintenance, special assessments, and possibly property taxes. These fees should be clearly explained in the lease, as well as a full explanation of conditions for paying taxes and any tenant restrictions and availability of common areas of the unit and property.

Look for explanations of monthly maintenance fees assessed and collected for maintenance, repairs, and improvements. Be sure not to skim over important details. Cautiously read the fine print about special assessments, fees, or other costs. There may be a stipulation in the lease that tenants will pay any fines for violating covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CCRs). If so, you should get a copy of the CCRs so you know what these entail. If there is no mention of property taxes in the lease, ask about them before signing.


Congratulations on getting your first place! Moving into your first apartment home is a big step into the real world. Most first time renters are so overjoyed about finally getting their very own place that they immediately just think about the big necessities (couch, bed, table, etc.), forgetting about the small things that mean the most. Having these key essentials will also help you save money because you will already have everything you need, PLUS no last minute dashes to the grocery store! This is your beginning to a fresh start so enjoy your new apartment home without sweating the small stuff. You will need all of these essentials, trust us! want-must have

Essentials For Your First Apartment Home:

Tools— You get ready to hang up the beautiful new décor you bought for your home, and you suddenly realize you do not have a hammer! Why pay someone to hang a picture when you can do it yourself? Tool boxes at Target with all of the basics cost only about $25.00. Click here for the perfect tool set!

Batteries—The worst thing is coming home after a long day, hoping to veg-out to your favorite pre-recorded TV shows only to find a dead remote. No one wants to sit through those commercials! Keeping extra batteries on hand will save you time and frustration.

Flashlight—Speaking of batteries, power outages do happen. You will be happy that you have both batteries and a flashlight when those unfortunate power outages do occur. Plus you can practice your shadow puppet skills.

Plunger—It’s not one of the most glamorous purchases you will ever make, but you will be happy you did when you need it the most. What is more embarrassing then asking your new neighbor to borrow a plunger? Nothing!

First Aid Kit—Accidents do happen; you never know when you are going to get hurt. You can purchase them already made with all of the basics to fix those boo-boo’s instantly.

Power Strips—Apartments generally never have enough power outlets. More than likely you will need one or two power strips, especially for your entertainment area.

Magnets—Most people never think of this, but magnets are great for pinning important reminders or telephone numbers to your refrigerator. You will be happy you bought that package of magnets during a late-night maintenance emergency and you realize you forgot to save the emergency maintenance number in your cell phone.

Can Opener—Nothing is more irritating than wanting to make a nice dinner for yourself and realizing you do not have a can opener. That can opener will save you a lot of nights of having to eat ramen noodles because you could not get that can open.

What are some of the most important must-haves that you have forgotten when moving into a new place? With so many things to remember, it is no wonder why we forget these important essentials.

Unless you LOVE to clean . . . you hate it!

Cleaning can be one of the very last things you want to do after a busy day. When you are a person that hates to clean, you have the mindset that cleaning is awful, boring, and useless. What is worse than cleaning is being stressed out all the time because your house is always messy. The first step is realizing that not caring about your apartment being clean is not an option. You also do not want to go crazy with trying to keep it clean because again you hate cleaning!

Just say BYE-BYE-BYE

Let’s start with DE-cluttering your place—it is simple, the less stuff you have, the less cleaning you have to do! Clutter can be a revolving door. As humans, we are constantly getting rid of things but we are constantly buying new things. Say goodbye to those college text books that you know you’ll never use again and clean out those drawers full of pointless junk.


Invite your friends over, feed them Pizza and Pepsi, and turn those chores into a party. You hate cleaning but you love being around your friends. The solution is easy, make cleaning as enjoyable as possible and you are destined to get the job done.

A Dish a Day Makes the Mess Go Away

Make a short list of things that you want to accomplish each night before you go to bed—

(1) Do the dishes (2) Do a load of laundry (3) Dust

You can change it up each night of the week and TA-DA your apartment is still tidy by Friday and you can enjoy your weekend stress free!

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Are you in the market for a new apartment home?  Finding the best suited apartment home for you can be tricky and can often be at exactly the same time many other apartment hunters are looking for a new place to call home too!

I like to call this “The Amazing Apartment R-A-C-E”


Here are some pointers on how to be first in line for that hard-to-find apartment home you’ve been searching for…


Be prepared. When “racing” for that perfect apartment home, you can often save a lot of time by knowing what apartment homes are available.  Ask the following questions:  Do you have any {floor plan style} available?  How soon can I move in?  What are the move-in costs?  Check online reviews for the properties you are interested in at:  www.google.com, www.apartmentratings.com, & www.yelp.com.

(A)ct Fast:

Once you’ve created a list of what is available, it’s time to ACT FAST!  The best time to start your hunt is as close to the first of the month as possible. This is because most apartment leases end at the end of the month.  Starting early will give you the first pick available. The perfect apartment homes do not last long! Schedule appointments immediately to tour these properties!

(C)an I Afford It?:

Now that you’ve toured your prospective new apartment home, the question is, “Can I afford it?”  Can you?  Make sure you have a budget in place.  The cardinal rule for renting is that your monthly rental amount should not exceed 30% of your monthly income.


You’ve researched, you’ve toured, you’ve made a budget – the only thing left to do is to choose your new home!  Expectations are the key deciding factors.  What are your expectations?  Make sure whichever new apartment home you have chosen is where you’ll be the happiest. Remember—Home is where the heart is ♥!  Also, keep in mind that just as you have high expectations for your new apartment home, your landlords have high expectations for their new renters.  Be welcoming to the rules and regulations of your new community.



Mother Nature is the ultimate artist. With the outdoors as her canvas, her work is colorful and awe-inspiring. You can pay homage to nature’s unique decorating style and bring that landscape indoors by adding the natural elements of water, earth, fire, wood, and metal. Renters can incorporate these elements in their design schemes despite the limitations of apartment decoration. With a few decor additions, you can change the space of your apartment into a more eco-friendly and inspiring dwelling. bringing the outside inside. Inside-Out Decor


Clay pottery is a simple and ornate means of representing the earth element, which is associated with stability, security and the late summer season. Incorporating natural stone into your decor is also indicative of the element of earth, and a collection of river stones, grouped either as a table centerpiece or laced around the bathtub, can draw upon the positive and comforting qualities of earth.


A small indoor fountain or coffee table waterfall would be an ideal manifestation of the water, the winter element, in your apartment. The flowing water will create a feeling of serenity and peace even when present inside. Combine your water contribution with live, green plants to perfect the organic environment, though recognize that water and foliage in the house can attract fruit flies. To remedy this issue, simply clear any decaying materials from the area, keep the surface around the water and plants dry, and clean with all purpose solution. If you’re not sure where to begin with greenery, Apartment Therapy has a nice guide for the apartment-friendly plants.


In Chinese philosophy, wood is an element of energy and re-growth, and correlates with the spring season. To bring that energy into your domicile, try accents like bamboo window treatments, which give any room a dimension of texture as well as added style. A unique wood dresser or bedside tables can create a classy yet antique appeal. To maintain the wood, use polish or wax.


Fire symbolizes energy, luster, and transformation, and is the essence of summertime. This powerful element can be harnessed in your home through the presence of a fireplace or gas lantern. Even simple candles can bring the element of fire to any space. But when subsuming fire in the house, make sure to never leave an open flame unattended, place it out of the reach of children, and away from any hazardous or flammable materials.

The natural elements are powerful, ornate, organic materials to be admired and revered. Bring Mother Nature into your apartment and enjoy the peaceful, connected serenity.