Become Organized Before Moving

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

While living in your home, you may not realize exactly how much stuff you accumulate until it is time to move. Becoming organized and packing it all can be overwhelming, exhausting, even frustrating at times. Before attempting to pack up your belongings, get organized with our tips!


Sort Your Belongings into Categories
In order to make your move as easy as possible, you will need to get organized. If this isn’t your forte, recruit a friend or two who are masters of organization. Start with one area, or room, once you’ve gone through every item, move on to the next space.


- Essential:  These items are either practical, used daily, or they may hold sentimental value. Whatever the item may be, you won’t part with it no matter what. 
- Value: This doesn’t necessarily refer to monetary value, but, it may also refer to what value the item brings to your life. A book, for example, when was the last time you read it? Will you read it again? If you don’t see yourself reading it again, it’s time to donate the book so someone else can find enjoyment. 
- Useful vs. Useless: This category may be the most difficult, but, it needs to happen. Items that you haven’t used since the last time you moved, should get tossed or donated. Kids, for example, accumulate a lot of possessions – toys, clothing, etc. It may be difficult to part with some of their old things, but, you also need to ask yourself if the item is useful or if it holds a special place in your heart. Unless you’re having more kids, their highchair can be donated, whereas their first pair of baby shoes holds sentimental value. 


Now that you’ve made your piles and you know what’s coming with you, the entire process will run much smoother. It may seem difficult to part with certain items, but in the end lightening your load will be more than worth it.


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How to Be a Good Neighbor While Renting an Apartment with Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Whether you’ve been renting an apartment for a while, or, you’re a new renter, there is a code of conduct that should be followed in order to be an ideal neighbor. Being a good neighbor is a universal language, everyone deserves respect and a peaceful place to live. We have gathered a list of dos and don’ts for your reference and guidance. 


Manners Matter
Since the dawn of time we’ve been told that manners matter and being polite goes a long way. 
Do: Say thank you when you receive help from the Maintenance Staff. Keep in mind that they are doing their job in order to make your living space efficient and to make you feel comfortable. If a neighbor lends a helping hands, or offers to help, thank them and return the favor. You never know, you may need them to pick up your mail while you’re out of town!
Don’t: This one is pretty simple. Don’t forget to be polite and courteous. 


Pay Attention
While living in your apartment, you should get to know your neighbors. You don’t have to be their best friend, but, you should at least know who lives around you.
Do: Pay attention to who is coming and going in your building. If you haven’t seen a neighbor in a while, knock on their door and see if they’re ok.
Don’t: Being aware of your surroundings doesn’t mean you need to be a detective. Put your telescope away unless you’re stargazing!


Noise
Your apartment is your home, and within reason, you should be able to live as you please. However, you do need to be mindful of those around you and your noise level.
Do: Keep your noise to a reasonable level. If you feel as though it may become unreasonable, give your neighbors a friendly heads up beforehand. Maybe you’re having friends over for a big game or a series finale; let your neighbors know the noise might get a little loud. Suggest to them that they may knock on your door, or call you, if they feel it’s disruptive. Better yet, extend an invitation to them!
Don’t: You shouldn’t play loud music late in the evening, and, don’t let your guests become out of control. Be mindful that you are not the only one in the building, some people have children or may work different hours than you and the noise may become disruptive.


Parking
If you don’t park your vehicle in a garage, or you’re having guest, be aware of how and where the vehicle is parked.
Do: Park where you are supposed to, this includes your guests as well. Keeping the vehicle between the lines is ideal as well.
Don’t: The don’ts are something we learn when we first begin driving, but, can sometimes be forgotten. Don’t take up two spots. Park your vehicle in a garage or parking spot, not on the lawn, or other unwarranted space. 


Now that you’ve read the Good Neighbor list, where do you fall? If you feel there are steps you can take to be an ideal neighbor, there’s no better time than the present! 


Are you ready to make Partridge Hill your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

10 Items You Aren’t Responsible for While Renting

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A major perk for renters is having fewer responsibilities than that of homeowners. Be the envy of your home-owning friends with these major perks from Partridge Hill. 


1. Maintenance Repairs
While renting, we understand that things do happen, and replacements will need to be made. Renters won’t be responsible for repairs or replacement, unless there has been gross neglect. You are responsible, however, for notifying our Maintenance Staff of the repair request.  


2. Snow Removal
The great northeast is no stranger to snow storms and snow removal. Luckily for you, snow removal is left to us to handle! 


3. School Taxes
Homeowners are required to pay school taxes whether they have children or not. Renters are lucky enough to avoid paying this tax.


4. Lawn Maintenance 
Spend the warmer months enjoying what you love doing as opposed to yard work. Spring clean-up, planting, and mowing are all part of our maintenance plan. 


5. Property Updates
Need a new roof or siding replaced? Not something you need to worry about taking care of while renting with Partridge Hill!


6. Replace Flooring
Having new flooring installed can be quite costly for homeowners, making it a wonderful perk for renters. Replacement of flooring, unless there has been gross neglect, is up to Partridge Hill’s maintenance agreement.


7. Pest Control
As winter comes to an end; pests begin to appear again in the lawn. They can be quite the nuisance, but, not one that renters need to handle. 


8. Pavement Upkeep 
Pavement upkeep is another costly expense homeowners may face. This is not the case for renters though! Pavement upkeep falls to the responsibility of Partridge Hill.


9. Garbage
While renting, you are responsible for ridding your apartment of garbage and waste, you are not responsible for the garbage being hauled away. 


10. Property Taxes
Yet another cost associated with homeownership are property taxes, and depending on the area, they can be quite costly. This is an expense incurred by homeowners, and not renters, making it a valuable perk for renters. 


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How to be a Good Tenant That Every Apartment Complex Will Love

Partridge Hill - Thursday, June 29, 2017

When it comes to being a tenant, you, of course, want to be the ideal renter, the one that doesn’t raise any eyebrows or cause any issues. In order to maintain the ‘ideal renter’ status, there are rules to follow and tips to keep in mind.

Rental History

While filling out a rental application, complexes may ask you for your rental history and references. While calling your previous complex managers, or references, they will try to gain as much information about you as possible. Did you maintain your property? Were you ever late in paying the rent? These questions and more are all taken into consideration while your application is looked over. 

Read Your Lease

During the signing process, you will be given your lease to look over and sign. Once it is signed you are stating that you have read, and understand the lease. Prior to signing your acknowledgment, read the lease line by line. If you have any questions, or something is unclear, you are encouraged to ask questions.

Be Respectful

In addition to maintaining your apartment, alerting the management team if there is an issue that needs addressing in a timely fashion makes for a respectful tenant. This is something that can potentially come up with your rental history. Late rental payments, noise complaints, and property damages also have the potential of raising a red flag.

 

Honesty

We’ve heard for most of our lives that ‘honesty is the best policy’ which is true for renters as well. Being upfront and forthcoming during the application process will put everyone in the ideal situation. Falsifying documentation will only hurt you in the long-run.

Cleanliness

While renting, it is your responsibility to maintain the living space. Leaving behind food remnants and splatters can create an issue for the building, apartment, and neighbors. Ensuring your hall is clear of debris and using the proper trash receptacles also helps to make you a clean and respectful tenant.

Following these tips will help to make you the ideal tenant. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, contact us to schedule your tour!


Tips for Successful Apartment Hunting

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Searching for the right apartment can be both exciting and exhausting. As with any search, you will have questions and concerns that need to be addressed. You want to find the best place for you to call home, but, without breaking your budget and in a neighborhood that has what you’re looking for.  

Check the Neighborhood
A top priority when looking for a new place to call home is where to relocate. To determine the best location, examine your priorities. Do you prefer to be close to your workplace? Perhaps a little bit of a commute doesn’t bother you and is preferred. Do you prefer parking your car in a parking lot as opposed to street parking? Perhaps you’d like to be within a short distance to grocery stores or shopping centers.

Inspect the Apartment

When viewing potential apartments, you are encouraged to remove your rose-colored glasses and take out your magnifying glass. Walkthroughs can be exciting and overwhelming with much to take in. This is the time to take everything in and make note of anything that stands out. Is everything in good condition? Signs of proper upkeep can be found by looking at the floors, ceilings, closets, even cupboards. 

Does it Meet Your Budget

Now that you’ve found the apartment you want to call home, before you sign your lease and start planning your big move, make sure it doesn’t exceed your budget. Ask about any possible expenses outside of the rent cost. Are utilities, hot water, or gas included in the rent or are they up to the renter? Expenses can quickly add up each month, knowing you’re in an apartment that won’t break the bank is sure to help relieve stress.

Understand the Lease

We live in a fast-paced world, but, when given paperwork or contracts, it is imperative to slow down and read each line carefully. Leases contain important rules that tenants are expected to abide by. When the rent is due and if there is a grace period, also when you are to give renewal notice are both items that are included in many leases. If something is unclear, make sure to ask prior to signing.

Be Prepared

There are sure to be expenses to come up prior to moving in to your new home. Many apartments require a deposit in addition to first and last month’s rent when signing a lease. Even the process of moving could potentially end up costing you. While budgeting your expenses, take into consideration the potential cost of renting a moving truck or hiring movers.

With these tips in mind, we hope to make your next move a bit smoother. At Partridge Hill Apartments, we want our residents to feel comfort in their choice of living in our apartments. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact us today!

Four Ways to DIY Your Apartment for Summer

Partridge Hill - Monday, May 22, 2017

Keeping up with trends takes time, and most often, plenty of money as well. That’s why we’ve put together a list of DIY’s that will get you on your way to easily and inexpensively decorate your apartment at Partridge Hill to reflect this season’s trends.

  1. Marble Accents: It’s no secret that marbled housewares have been trending all year long. Instead of opening up your wallet to an expensive piece, have a little fun and incorporate your own marbled creations into your apartment décor! One of the easiest ways to do this is by creating marbled votives. 

  2. Edgy Materials: Apartment trends come and go as time goes by. Sometimes exposed brick walls are coveted, and other times, renters are looking for industrial, warehouse-style materials such as exposed pipes. Create a little bit of edge with this embellished planter. Bonus: you can add a little greenery with this, too!

  3. Fun Prints: Whimsical is still in style, and there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with watermelon. Create an entrance with this watermelon-stamped doormat.

  4. Watercolor: Watercolors have an ethereal look to them, making them the perfect look for blissful summer days ahead. Incorporate it into your apartment with watercolor pillows

How will you decorate your apartment at Partridge Hill this summer?


Summer Savings Made Easy

Partridge Hill - Monday, May 08, 2017

Saving money doesn’t mean you have to go without updating your wardrobe or décor for your apartment. With a little patience and insider knowledge, you can get some great items without breaking the bank. Thrift stores may seem intimidating at first, but once you know your way around the process, it’s easy, and even fun to check in and see what you can find.

The best tips for beginners include:

-          Going Often: There’s no way to predict what a store might have at any point in time. New items are put out constantly, so even if you go one day and find nothing you could ever possibly want to take, a few days later, the store might be full of items that have just been donated.

-          Know Where to Look: Every store is different. If you have an idea of a specific item that you’re looking for, try to identify the area of town that you’d find someone donating it in, and go to that store. Once you’re inside the store, be sure to look around for bins that you’ll likely see sitting around with items in them. Before items are placed on the shelves, they are priced and put out in bins. Sometimes, you can find the best deals before anyone else has even noticed them.

-          Find Out About Rewards and Benefits: Be sure to ask at the stores you frequent about coupons, rewards programs, and discount days. Some offer coupons when you donate old items of your own. Some also offer reward programs, where you may get discounts after so many times shopping there. Discount days also happen on certain days, but are rarely advertised. Ask about these, too, and shape your shopping trips around them!

-          Be Open-Minded: If you go in looking for something specific, you’re more likely to walk away let down. Go into thrift shopping with an open mind. You never know what you might find, and what dirty old items could turn into chic new additions to your apartment with a little bit of attention.

Ready to turn your apartment around? We’ve got just the place for you here at Partridge Hill




Three Ways to Support Your Local Community

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, March 21, 2017


If you’re looking to get more involved in your community at Partridge Hill, just look to the surrounding areas! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in the Capital Region that give participants the ability to gain their skills, while supporting their community. Some of our favorites are:

  1. AnimaLovers: What’s better than witnessing happy adoptions and finding cats and kittens their forever homes?! AnimaLovers is a no-kill shelter that hosts adoptions out of the PetSmart just down the road from us! Volunteers can opt to help out at adoption clinics on nights and weekends, or stop in at their leisure to check on the cats waiting at the clinic during off-hours.

  2. St. Paul’s Center: No matter what kind of work you’d like to do as a volunteer, St. Paul’s Center likely has a place for you. Some of their main volunteer opportunities involve reading to children in the shelter at night, moving donated items into a resident’s new home, cleaning, and driving residents in need to appointments.

  3. American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers to join their Disaster Action Team. If a tragedy strikes the region, this team is ready to spring into action and help those in need with shelter, donations, or whatever the affected parties may need.

Are none of these options quite what you’re looking for? There are many other volunteer opportunities in the area, as well! Take a look, and welcome to the community!

Winter Getaways to Send the Season Off with a Bang

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, March 07, 2017


As excited as we are to see spring come, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy one last getaway before winter ends! There are several options that are only a short drive from Partridge Hill, including:

West Mountain Ski Area - Whether you just want a nice place to relax, go with friends, learn to ski, or even a place to race, you can find it here! This location is conveniently located a short 40 minute drive north of Albany, and only three miles off of I-87. Come here for a getaway with family, friends, or your special someone for a fun time and great views of both the Hudson River and the Adirondacks!

Maple Ski Ridge - Located right in Schenectady, NY, Maple Ski Ridge is perfect for the whole family! Patrons of all ages can get lessons and attend events such as tubing parties and snowbox derbies in the winter months. Maple Ski Ridge also has a summer camp, as well as “Run the Ridge”, a mud, trail, and obstacle run in July! When fall comes around, they offer an annual fall festival, as well. No matter what time of year – there’s always something at Maple Ski Ridge!

Gore Mountain - If you’re ready to get into the Adirondacks, you’re going to want to go to Gore Mountain. With their ski-and-stay packages, Gore makes a great option for a weekend getaway. Even if it’s summer, you can visit Gore to take in the beauty of the Adirondacks with their year-round gondola rides.

No matter where you decide to go – or if you just make some snowmen here – be sure to get the best out of the end of winter at Partridge Hill!

Low-Maintenance Houseplants That Will Add Greenery to Your Home

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It’s no secret that winter can get a little dreary…so what better time to add some new life to your apartment, literally? Here are some great houseplants that can grow in a vase full of water. That’s right – you won’t even need soil!

  • Fiddle leaf figs
  • Rosemary
  • Geraniums
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Spider Plants
  • Jade
  • English Ivy
  • Peace Lily

There are many more varieties to choose from, as well! All you have to do to grow these plants hydroponically is cut a section below the leaf, place the plant segment into a glass container with water, and continue to water the plant from there.

Some Things to Remember:

  • Since your plant will be getting all of its nutrients from the water, it’s crucial to use bottled spring or well water, and not tap water, which is often stripped of its nutrients.
  • Use a glass container with a thinner neck that will help support the stem of the plant.
  • Watch for signs of rooting, which you should see beginning after two weeks.
  • Add more bottled water when the water starts running low.

And that’s it! Fill your home at Partridge Hill with any of these great plants, and reap the rewards for months to come!

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