Using the Outdoors to Help Decorate for Upcoming Holidays

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Holiday Decorating with Natural Elements

Before Halloween even gets here, some big box stores (like Lowes) already have the Christmas and Holiday decorations out. While everyone else is out trying to stock up on holiday décor at the big box stores, know that you can avoid the long check-out lines and use the elements of nature to help you decorate your Partridge Hill apartment for the various holidays throughout the year.

Halloween Decorating

You can’t walk into a Hannaford or Price Chopper without seeing the stacks of pumpkins. We all know that pumpkins are the most common natural decorating item for any home. You can carve out a frightening face or dress them with branches and colorful leaves found outside for that subtle, seasonal look.

Think Ahead: Thanksgiving

Long before the turkey goes in the oven, you should collect the first fallen colorful leaves and press them flat inside a book to dry. Try sticking some wax paper in the book to avoid ruining the pages. After they’re dry, put a color-matched thread through the leaves and hang several strands of nature around a mirror or entrance way.

Holiday Seasonal Decorating

With so many natural ideas, it’s hard to pick just one. But if you are looking for something fun to do with your family, making a homemade wreath isn’t too difficult. There are tons of how-to videos online, but the ingredients are simple: evergreens, cranberries, and pine cones. Sure, you can buy a plastic wreath to keep from having a small mess of dried needles, but using real branches and trees adds more than just visual ambiance — it adds the welcoming smells of the season.

Resolutions! New Year’s Eve/Day

Poinsettias aren’t just for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most times, they are still available near New Year’s Eve/Day and not only add seasonal joy to your apartment, but they also make the perfect, inexpensive gift for friends and family.

Every holiday deserves a bit of natural beauty, and so do you! No matter the time of year, there are so many ways you can decorate with natural elements — try out those above and add a little personal magic to each throughout the seasons. 

5 Genius Tips for Keeping Your Fridge Clean & Organized

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

When it comes to keeping your home clean, the fridge is one place that tends to be overlooked. The truth is, your refrigerator is very likely to get dirty and disorganized easily as it is used multiple times on a daily basis. However, don’t fret – there are plenty of measures you can take to ensure your fridge says in tip-top condition.

Here are five tips for keeping the refrigerator in your Partridge Hill apartment clean and organized!

  1. Use baskets. Baskets/bins are a great way to organize your fridge and freezer into categories. You can easily find small, inexpensive baskets at your local dollar store! You can even designate an “Eat Me First” basket for items that are coming close to their expiration.
  2. Keep shelves clean by lining them. Use fridge mats or plastic wrap to cover the shelves in your fridge. This way, if there’s a spill, you can just wipe down the mat or toss out the plastic wrap.
  3. Use labels. Grab some stick-on labels and use them to label those baskets we talked about before and/or to label your door shelves. You can even label food so you know when it was opened. Never wonder if you should throw out that half-eaten container of guacamole again!
  4. Know what doesn’t need to be chilled. You might be taking up room in your fridge without even realizing. Be sure to know which items (such as tomatoes and onions) do not have to be refrigerated.
  5. Do a cleanup every two weeks. Instead of waiting until your fridge is an unbearable mess, clean it out every two weeks. Don’t just throw out old food – pull the fridge away from the wall and sweep and clean the coils; wipe down jars, bottles, and containers; and even use your vacuum to clean up dust and crumbs. This way, you’ll avoid having to do an intense cleaning every month.

If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll find that your fridge is just one less thing you have to worry about in your busy life!

At Partridge Hill, your beautiful kitchen comes complete with a spacious refrigerator and other appliances. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our property and apartments!

Get Your Strength Training in for Free at the Fitness Center at Partridge Hill Apartments!

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Strength training has become an important tool for many people. Not only does it make you stronger, but it is also a great preventative measure for possible health issues. Strength training refers to a wide variety of exercise that enhances or maintains an individual’s muscular fitness.

At Partridge Hill Apartments, we provide a complete, state-of-the-art fitness center for our tenants’ use. Check out some of the benefits of using our facility for strength training:

  • Weight control
  • Increased stamina
  • Development of muscle and bone strength
  • Maintenance of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health

The best part about having a fitness center located on our property is that you don’t have to travel far or drive to get there. This is especially convenient during inclement weather of Upstate, NY winters!

Contact us today to schedule a tour of our property, including our beautiful, state-of-the-art fitness center!

Moving Soon? Get the Definitive Moving Checklist from Partridge Hill Apartments

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feeling stressed about moving? Anxiety over the moving process can quickly zap the excitement out of relocating to a new home. As moving day looms closer, it is easy to be plagued by a growing catalog of worries and tasks. While there is no strategy to making a move as pleasurable as a trip to Maui, careful planning and organization can greatly reduce the stress of an impending move and actually make it bearable.

Not sure how to start? Here’s a handy checklist to help you get moving!

Six Weeks Before

  • Sort through belongings (closets, garage, kitchen, etc.) and decide what to keep and what to toss. Consider donating items in good condition to charity.
  • Obtain packing supplies such as bubble wrap, tape, boxes, and paper (for cushioning). Liquor marts and grocery stores can be great sources for free boxes.
  • Research moving companies and/or truck rentals.
  • Start a file for moving expenses. Some might be tax deductible.

Four Weeks Before

  • Choose and confirm movers. If you’re going with professional movers, make sure you receive written confirmation of the details agreed upon. And, if you’ve decided to do all the work yourself, go ahead and reserve the rental truck best suited for your needs.
  • Start packing items that aren’t used on a daily basis. It’s best to begin with breakables as they require more care and concentration. Don’t forget to label each box on all sides!
  • Submit change of address form to post office. Also notify utility companies, banks, doctors, employer, magazines, etc. of your new address.
  • Request time off from employer for moving day.
  • If you’re moving out of town, forward school records and medical records. And have prescriptions transferred to a new pharmacy.

Two Weeks Before

  • Arrange to have utilities disconnected at current address and connected at new address.
  • Contact moving/truck rental company and again confirm arrangements.
  • Try to use up food in the pantry and freezer. The less of that you have to pack, the better.
  • Keep packing! Your fragile items should already be boxed and stored in a safe spot. And now you should be about halfway done with your unbreakable belongings.

One Week Before

  • Start cleaning your current place. It should be easier now, with most of your possessions in boxes. If you’re pressed for time, consider hiring a cleaning service to take care of it.
  • Finish up general packing.
  • Pack suitcases with enough clothes and toiletries for the next few days.
  • Make sure packed boxes are organized and labeled.
  • Box up especially important documents and put with other belongings that are traveling in vehicle with you.
  • Keep your eyes on the prize! Remember how amazing your new home is and that you’ll be living there in no time!

A Few Days Before

  • Defrost freezer at least 24 hours before you move out.
  • Label keys that are to be given to the next occupant.
  • If using professional movers, remember to have cash on hand to tip them.
  • Purchase bottled water and healthy snacks for moving day.
  • Most of the work is done! Try to relax and get plenty of rest!

One Day Before

  • If handling the move yourself, you might consider picking up the truck rental and packing it now. Even if you don’t have time to pack it, getting the truck pick-up out of the way can save a bunch of precious time on moving day.

Moving Day!

  • When movers arrive, articulate any special instructions and verify the details on your estimate. Before movers leave, make sure you are given a copy of the inventory list.
  • If you are the mover, have a strategy on how to pack the truck before loading it. And remember to position heavier items toward the front.

You did it! Congrats! Welcome home to Partridge Hill!

Furniture Bargains on a Budget: How to Not Break the Bank

Partridge Hill - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Whether you’re moving into your first new apartment here at Partridge Hill, or wanting to update what you already have, the need for furniture seems to be a continuous endeavor. The trick is that you want your home to look nicely furnished, but you don’t want to drain your bank account in the process. Believe it or not, you can find plenty of furniture bargains without sacrificing quality or taste. You just need some guidance on where to look.

Here are some suggestions for finding furniture on a budget:

Free Furniture

Yes, free furniture can be found, if you have the time and patience to search. Check the Internet. There are always people giving away furniture via online posts. This kind of quest can be a hit or miss, depending on what you’re looking for and how picky you are. But sometimes you can score a great table or nightstand that might need just a fresh coat of paint. Of course, you can expect to take care of the transport yourself, which is certainly a small price to pay for a free item. Ask around. Maybe your co-worker or neighbor has just bought a new couch and needs to re-home the old one. You can also use social media to put the word out that you’re looking for furnishings.

Flea Markets & Vintage Stores for the Win!

These places are a great source for discounted furniture. With so much mass-manufactured furniture made of particle board and plastic nowadays, it’s refreshing to walk into a shop filled with solid wood pieces constructed with good craftsmanship. A mahogany dresser from the 1960s might have a few nicks in the varnish, but it will last forever, and those marks are easy to take care of. Vintage pieces look great as they are, or you can modernize them with a simple refinishing job. Don’t be afraid to haggle a bit for a better deal.

Mine Thrift Stores for Furniture Treasures

Thousands of people donate furniture each day to thrift stores so there is constant inventory. If you’re lucky, you could score a practically new desk or sofa the first time around. Or it might take a few visits to find just what you’re looking for. The incredible prices though are surely worth your persistence.

Check Out Estate Sales & Yard Sales

You’ll have to set your alarm clock early to get dibs on the best pieces, but it can really pay off. It’s best to make a list of the most promising sales in the same vicinity and then hit as many as possible. Make sure you bring cash and a vehicle that will fit all your treasures. And, again, you can really benefit from haggling a little.

Discount Websites Can Be a Goldmine

There are plenty of discount retailers online that have warehouses of overstocked furniture they need to get rid of. What’s great about these sites is that you can spend hours scanning through furniture deals in the comfort of your own home. The downside is that you have to pay for shipping, but occasionally can score free or cheap shipping, even on large items.

Damaged or Display Items at Stores

Most furniture stores have a clearance room where they house items that are varying degrees of imperfect. It’s definitely worth perusing this selection as you could snag a couch that needs something as simple as a $10 leg to look as good as new, or a dresser that has a scratch that will be hidden anyway when it’s placed against a wall.

Following these shopping tips will provide a great amount of savings. But most importantly, have fun as you venture off to find these great furniture bargains!

Labor Day September 7, 2015

Partridge Hill - Friday, September 04, 2015

As always the first Monday in September is celebrated with the Labor Day Holiday! The holiday was simply "convenient" because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. The legal holiday still marks the end of summer and the traditional time for children to return to school.

Labor Day usually consists of picnics, camping, school shopping and a fun day off from work! 

So this year on Labor Day, just enjoy the time off with your friends and family and send off summer with one last amazing weekend!

How to Meet your Neighbors

Partridge Hill - Friday, August 21, 2015

Apartment living gives you the benefit of neighbors on your side as well as apartments all around you filled with potential new friends. But how exactly do you break the awkwardness to meet your new neighbors? It's tough to be the new guy or girl in the building, and this is an all too common scenario for many renters who have recently moved into a new apartment complex. With just a little confidence you will be able to take advantage of the area around you and potentially create a long-lasting social scene just outside your door. Here are just a few tips to introduce yourself to your neighbors.

  • Leave a treat at their door: Bake some yummy sweets and leave them outside your neighbors apartment doors with a note to stop by and say hello! This is a great way to make a first impression and this will hopefully open the door for your neighbors to stop by and chat.
  • Start a club:  Whether your into movies, books, sports etc. there is more than one option to consider but starting a club within your apartment community is a great way to meet new people. Check with your Property Manager to see if you can hang a flyer in your apartment building's lobby or in the clubhouse/fitness room to gather an impromptu club gathering with your fellow neighbors. You'll meet neighbors with similar interests and you can continue to plan events throughout the year. 
  • Gather the kids: If you have children, you know that play groups are imperative to acclimating your kids to the new apartment as well as a great way to help them feel more comfortable with the change in location. Hosting a gathering for all of the kids to meet each other is a great way to break the ice with your neighbors.
It can be tough to meet new people when you relocate, but with a little ambition and a positive attitude your new neighbors may just turn into life-long friends!

Swimming Pool Closing Date

Partridge Hill - Thursday, August 20, 2015

Please note our last day for the 2015 pool season will be Sunday, August 30th. 

With Labor Day occurring so late this year, we are having difficulty finding staff to cover the remaining shifts for the season. Due to this, we have decided to make Sunday, August 30th our last day being opened. We apologize, as our original plan was to stay open through Labor Day.

We have had a great summer season at all of our pools and we look forward to another successful year for the 2016 pool season!

How to Find the Perfect Apartment!

Partridge Hill - Monday, August 10, 2015

Whether you're a recent college graduate about to live on your own for the first time or you just sold your house and looking for a maintenance free living in a new area, you need to be prepared before starting your apartment hunt. Finding the right apartment is no easy task, but it doesn't have to be too overwhelming. After you determine what you can afford and what your requirements are, it's simply a matter of finding the right apartment, agreeing to the lease terms, and signing on the dotted line. 

To help find your ideal apartment - and to make the search be as painless as possible - there are a number of steps you can take to ease the stress of searching and making it a fun process. Below are a few of those steps as a starter to help you in your journey!

1. Determine your Price Point -  This is probably the most important part to consider when you start your apartment search. The U.S. Census Bureau suggests that your monthly rent should not exceed 20% of your monthly income. For example, if your monthly take home is around $4,000 per month, you should cap your search at around $1,200 rental amount per month. Avoid looking at apartments outside of your budget. Property Managers/Landlords are extremely unlikely to lower the rental amount just due to the prospect of you signing a lease. You could set yourself up for either overspending or being disappointed when you can't afford the apartment of your dreams. Instead, set a firm number and only look for places that fall within your budget.

2.  Convenience - Choosing an apartment that is conveniently located can make your life a lot easier in more than one way. Look for a place that's close to work, shopping, transportation, and amenities such as laundry. This can help cut down on the amount of money you are currently spending on gas as well as travel time each day. 

3. Safety -  Make sure the apartment is within a neighborhood that you feel safe and comfortable in. Ensure the Apartment building/door(s) have proper locks and ask questions regarding security measures during your tour of the property.

Finding a new apartment can be overwhelming if your let it be. Being prepared prior to the start of your search is the best way to ensure you have a stress free experience to find the perfect apartment for your lifestyle! 

Swimming Pool - Identification Requirement

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Effective immediately, Rosetti Properties' is requiring any person attempting to gain access into the swimming pool must show proper identification to confirm residency.

Unfortunately, if you do not have proper identification to confirm you are indeed a Rosetti Properties' resident, we will not be able to grant you access into the pool area.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter!

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