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5 Ways to Start Saving Money Now

Partridge Hill - Friday, October 04, 2019

Finance plan to save money

Saving money is always a good idea, but it can be difficult to find a balance between having fun and knowing when to cut back on your spending. Whether it’s for a new car, a new sofa, paying off student loans, or to have an emergency fund, having a plan to save will help you reach your goal faster. With a few easy swaps you’ll be able to save cash without feeling like you’re sacrificing your current lifestyle. You’ll be able to say ‘hello’ to that new car in no time!

Easy Ways to Save Money

Treat Yourself (Less)

When you’re eyeing a new shirt in the store, or even that gourmet pint of ice cream, it’s easy to use the treat-yo-self mentality as a reason to buy it. Everyone deserves to splurge on something for themselves once in a while, but once in a while can easily turn in to once a week. When you treat yourself often those special items or dinners out start to feel less special. Focus on saving and only treat yourself every few months.

Download an App

These days there is an app for everything, including budgeting! Many apps allow you to connect your bank account and credit cards so you can manage your monthly expenses in one place. See how much you’re spending, when bills are due, and set monthly budgets for categories like clothing, fast food, beauty, and entertainment. Seeing how much your spending in plan view will encourage you to cut back.

Make Your Favorite Meals at Home

You know that Chicken Parmesan from your favorite restaurant? The one with the yummy cheese that comes with a side of garlic bread? Learn how to make it at home! Cooking dinner instead of eating out is a simple way to save a lot of money. Dinner out is often two or three times the cost of making the same meal at home! Cooking is also a great activity to do with your spouse, friend, or roommate and you may even discover you have a true talent for it.

Spend Some Nights In

Going out is a lot of fun, but the bill can add up quickly. Trips to the movies, your favorite bar, a concert, or brunch with the girls all cost money that could be used elsewhere. Instead of declining the next time your friends invite you out, invite them over instead. Host a potluck, game night, movie night, or just enjoy catching up without having to yell over the noise of a crowded bar. If you want to get out of your apartment for the afternoon consider a free activity. Hiking, going on a walk, volunteering, or playing Frisbee at the local park are all free of charge!

Move Money to Your Savings Account

At the end of the month check on your budgeting app and see how you’ve done. If all went well, you should have some extra money in your bank account. Now is the time to move it to your savings account so you aren’t tempted to spend it.

The more you continue to make small changes, the more money you’ll accumulate in your savings account. Buy one less latte a week, bring lunch to work, and repair the hole in your coat pocket instead of tossing it out.

Was renting an apartment on your list of things to save for? Our apartments are spacious, conveniently located, and affordable! Check out our floor plans or schedule a tour today!

September Events in Albany

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, September 04, 2019

September events in Albany, New York

Summer may be winding down, but the events happening in Albany are not! September’s event calendar is full of exciting activities, cultural events, and food and drink festivals that you won’t want to miss. For a quick rundown of the September events in Albany, check out the list we put together down below.

Albany Events

Retro Video Game Night

Visit City Beer Hall every Thursday night from 8-10 PM for Retro Video Game Night! Two screens are available at the bar for casual play, no quarters required! The City Beer Hall also has a large selection of board games. Old school video games and craft beer – it’s the best of both worlds for adults!

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise of Albany

If you’re new to the Albany area this is a great activity to get to know the Capital Region. Enjoy a narrated scenic trip on the Hudson River from 1 – 2:30 PM on Friday, September 6th. A Hudson River Historian will be on board to narrate the cruise while you enjoy drinks and snacks!

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

Jazz lover or not, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is an annual event you won’t want to miss. Enjoy acclaimed musical guests, great food, vendors, kids activities and more all for free! The event takes place on Saturday, September 7th at the Corning Preserve Boat launch. The festival is rain or shine so come prepared!

New York State Hops and Harvest Festival

The Hops and Harvest Festival features the best of fall in Upstate New York! Enjoy an impressive line-up of craft beer, fall activities including a pie-eating contest, lawn games, hope presentations, and glass etching. The Dawg Trio will be at the event playing a signature mix of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Latin rhythms, and klezmer music. Oh, did we mention the event is free?!

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Thousands of people travel to Glens Falls and Queensbury for the Adirondack Balloon Festival every year. From September 19th through September 22nd, you can attend festival and enjoy seeing hundreds of hot air balloons take flight. Admission is free and activities include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, kids activities, hot air balloon rides, a craft fair, music performances, and so much more! Arrive early on Saturday or Sunday to see the flight of up to 100 balloons!

Antique Truck Show

Car enthusiast won’t want to miss the 30th annual Hudson Mohawk Antique Truck Show on September 21st and 22nd. Each year nearly 300 antique trucks arrive from New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Canada for spectators to enjoy. Gates open at 8AM and admission is only one dollar. During the truck show there is also a large flea market and swap meet.

Thomas Rhett at the Times Union Center

See country superstar Thomas Rhett at the Times Union Center on September 21st at 7 PM. Rhett will be joined by Dustin Lynch, Russel Dickerson, and Rhett Akins for a spectacular night of country music. Bring the family or gather a group of friends for an evening you won’t forget!

September isn’t the only month for exciting events and festivals! There is always something happening in the Capital Region, making it impossible to be bored. Looking to move to the Capital Region? Set up a tour today, we’d love to show you around Partridge Hill.

The Best Cat Breeds for Apartment Living

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

cat laying on the floor in an apartment

At Partridge Hill we love your cat as much as you do! They’re a friendly face to come home to after a long day and can easily adapt to our busy lifestyles. Still, some cat breeds are better suited for apartment life than others. Let’s take a look to see what some of the best cat breeds for apartment living are.

What Makes a Good Cat Breed for Apartments

When you’re looking for your new furry roommate, there are several traits to consider and look for.

  • Adaptable, easygoing disposition
  • Soft-spoken
  • Doesn’t need be to highly active to be happy
  • Not overly territorial
  • Sociable
  • Is okay with being alone for up to eight hours at a time

You should also consider your own lifestyle when thinking about which cat breed is the best. If you have people over often make sure the cat you choose is okay, and even enjoys, new people. If you often go away on the weekend choose a cat that can go more than 8 hours being alone. While some cats are okay being left with enough food and water for the weekend, other’s need human interaction as well.

Best Cats for Apartments by Breeds

The following breeds are known to thrive in an apartment setting. While personalities and temperaments will vary, in general these breeds are good options.

  • British Shorthair – Known to adapt well to apartment life. Quiet and friendly and ideal for those looking for a cuddly pet.
  • Persian – Persians are a good fit for those who live in apartments but who are home often. They also provide grooming on a daily basis to prevent mats in their fur. Their placid demeanor and affectionate personality make it worth it though.
  • Russian Blue – The Russian Blue breed is affectionate but independent, making it well suited for working singles. They can be shy but are loyal to their owner and love to play!
  • Ragdoll – Ragdolls are laid-back and have a gentle temperament. They make a good lap cat and aren’t particularly demanding. They should be kept indoors only, which makes them ideal for apartments.

Adopting a Cat

If you choose to adopt from a shelter (a decision we fully support), try to pick a cat who is over the age of 3. By this time their personality will be fully formed and the shelter staff can help you find a cat that suits your lifestyle. Adopting an elderly cat is also a good option as they tend to be particularly calm. They would love a warm and welcoming home to live out their lives!

If you are away a lot, consider adopting two cats. They can keep each other company while you’re gone, and you’ll receive twice the amount of love and affection once you return.

Find the Cat that is Right for You

In the end, it’s not the breed as much as the personality that is the most important factor. Whether you’re working with a breeder or shelter staff, be honest about your lifestyle so they can help you find a cat that is right for you.

Need a new place for you and your cat to call home? Our pet friendly apartments will be perfect for you and your cat. Contact us today for current availability and to schedule a tour.

7 Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 06, 2019

prevent kitchen fires

Between trying not to burn the chicken and making sure the rice isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot, cooking can be a stressful activity! While trying to manage several things at once, it’s easy to put a hand towel or food too close to the stove and not even realize what you’ve done. The next thing you know the smoke alarm is going off and your stove-top is on fire.

While accidents do happen, there are several things to be mindful while cooking to prevent kitchen fires.

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Stay in the Kitchen 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the number one cause of cooking fires. If you have to leave the kitchen for whatever reason, turn the stove off and move any pots and pans to a cool burner. 

Keep the Stove Top Clear 

Move anything that can catch fire away from the stove top. That means oven mitts, towels, napkins, dry pasta, and other dry food items. 

Put on Your Cooking Clothes 

Okay, not really, but make sure you’re wearing close-fitting clothes and roll up your sleeves. Loose clothing can come into contact with burners and open flames easier than you think. If you have long hair put it in a pony tail or up in a bun. 

Wipe up Spills 

Grease fires are incredibly common and hard to control! Clean your stove every time you cook and wipe up any spills as soon as possible. 

Don’t Overheat Oil 

Oil that is too hot can start to smoke and bubble up, causing it to spill out of the pan and ignite. As a quick reference, butter has a smoke point of 350 degrees F, canola at 400 F, olive oil at 410 F, and peanut oil at 450 F. Want to know more? Check out this helpful guide

Wait for Grease to Cool 

Pouring hot grease into your trashcan can quickly become a disaster. Wait for it to cool before tossing it in the garbage. You can also pour it in an old food can or container and harden it in the freezer. 

Keep Your Smoke Detector Working 

If a kitchen fire does occur, a smoke detector is your first line of defense. At Partridge Hill, we recommend testing the smoke detectors twice a year to make sure they’re functioning properly. If your smoke detector is not working properly, call the maintenance staff to schedule an appointment for service.

Dreaming of a new kitchen to cook in? Our apartments feature large kitchens perfect for cooking up your favorite meal or baking a delicious dessert. Contact us today to schedule your tour.

Moving Hacks for the Big Day

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

apartment moving hacks

Ask anyone if they enjoy the process of moving and they will tell you “no.” It’s time consuming, hectic, expensive, and strenuous. There are about 20 other adjectives we could use to describe moving, but we’ll stop there. Fortunately, there are several genius hacks to make the process a little bit easier.

Color Code Your Boxes

We love a good color-coding system. Adding a bright piece of colored tape to each box will help you quickly figure out which room each box belongs in. When you get to your new place, place a piece of tape on the corresponding doors. Any family or friends who are helping you move will be grateful for the handy system. Without having to ask where each box goes the process will go a lot quicker.

Pack Your Suitcase

This one is so obvious and yet so easy to forget. Pack any suitcases or luggage with just about anything that will fit inside. We recommend shoes or books. Bonus points if your luggage has wheels – heavier items will be much easier to move this way.

Put Hanging Clothes in Garbage Bags

Don’t waste your time taking all of your clothes off of the hangers. You’re just going to hang them back up in your new place so what’s the point? Instead, put a garbage bag over the clothes and then lay the clothes on top of a flat surface inside the moving truck, such as a table or couch. When you get to your new apartment just hang the clothes up and take the garbage bag off. Voila! You’re halfway to being unpacked.

Protect Breakables with Soft Household Items

Forget the packing peanuts and bubble wrap, use towels and blankets instead! This will save you space when packing in addition to being a more environmentally friendly solution. If you run out of towels and blankets you can place a pillow at the bottom of a box for some padding.

Bag Up All Items That Can Spill

Imagine opening a box after a long day of moving and seeing that a bottle of olive oil has spilled everywhere. We’d understand if you just threw the whole box away, contents and all. Prevent this from happening by putting any item that can spill in a Ziploc bag. This includes cooking oils, hair care, skin care, perfumes, and lotions.

Tape Cables to the Electronics They Belong To

Avoid the frustration of finding the right cable for the TV by taping it to the TV before moving. Neatly wrap up any headphones, phone and tablet chargers or other small wires and place in a bag. You’ll be grateful you won’t have to spend an evening untangling wires.

Keep A Box of Valuables and Important Documents Near By

God forbid the moving truck gets lost you will not want anything valuable in there! Pack up all of your expensive jewelry, valuables, and important documents into one box and keep it close by. Your trunk is probably the safest place. Don’t take the box out of your trunk until everything else has been moved into your apartment. This way you can keep track of it at all times. 

Large private entries and accommodating property managers makes moving to Partridge Hill easy! Contact us today to learn more about the community and schedule a tour.

Long Distance Apartment Hunting

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, July 09, 2019

long distance apartment hunting

As if apartment hunting isn’t hard enough, throw in moving to a new city and suddenly the task seems impossible. Without knowing your way around your new city, how are you supposed to find an apartment you like enough to call home? You may have to spend a bit more time and effort hunting for the perfect place, but long-distance apartment hunting is possible!

Let People Know You’re Looking

You know that Facebook feature that allows you to ask friends and family for recommendations? Use it! Let people know you’re moving and in need of apartment recommendations.  You’re bound to be connected to someone who knows your new city and will be able to point you in the right direction.

Let people know what you’re looking for so you can receive quality recommendations. Factors like budget, commute times, demographics, and lifestyle all influence the place you will choose to live in.

Do Your Own Research

After you (hopefully) get some recommendations from friends and family, do a bit of your own research. What types of things would you like to be near? Do you enjoy going downtown for happy hour or is a suburban setting more your style? Maybe your number one priority is to have a short commute. Yelp, Google, and Facebook reviews, in addition to looking at apartments on a map, will help you understand a neighborhood.

Think about the amenities you’d like in an apartment as well. In-unit laundry, a pool, on site parking, a fitness center, and spacious layouts are all commonly sought-after features. Make a list of amenities you’d like from most to least important to help inform your final decision.

Visit the City if You Can

While this may not be possible, especially if you’re moving across the country, visiting your new city will make apartment hunting much easier. You’ll have piece of mind knowing exactly what you’re getting in to.

Partridge Hill is located in Rensselaer, NY, only 7 minutes from Albany, 16 from Troy, and 25 from Schenectady. Public transportation is also readily available, and the train station and airport are close by. Some of the best schools, shopping, and restaurants are also just minutes away, making Partridge Hill an ideal community.

Ready to move in? Submit your application today!

Move-In Day Necessities

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

move in day necessities

We feel you, packing up everything you own and moving is a pain. There’s a lot to organize, it’s time consuming, and potentially costly if you need to a hire a team of movers. As hectic as things may be, there are a few things you’re going to want to have on hand almost as soon as you walk through the door of your new place.

Keep the following items in a bag in passenger seat of your car or in an easily accessible box. You’ll thank yourself later!

Checks or Cash

Either you haven’t paid the first month’s rent yet or you want to order pizza for everyone who has helped you move. Either way, there is something you haven’t paid for yet. Don’t think you have it all covered, either. Something is bound to come up that you will have to pay for.

Paperwork

Paperwork is one of the easiest things to misplace. That being said, don’t misplace the paperwork for your apartment. Keep it in a brightly colored folder so you can keep an eye on it and it doesn’t get damaged. Keeping your paperwork handy will eliminate one more thing that can increase your stress.

Toilet Paper and Soap

These two are very easy to forget and very necessary. You’re going to have to use the bathroom at some point before you’re able to head to the store. Grab a roll of toilet paper and that half empty bottle of soap in your bathroom before you move and bring them with you.

A Water Bottle

No one wants to tackle a full day of loading and unpacking boxes without anything to drink. Fill up a water bottle before leaving your old place and then keep it close by throughout the day. It’s going to be a while before you unpack and remember where your cups and glasses are.

Snacks!

Snacks are very important for moving day. You’re going to get hungry, and unpacking, signing papers, and dealing with the people who came to help is a lot to handle on an empty stomach. You can always go out for lunch or order delivery, but having snacks on hand is a lot more convenient. We recommend granola bars, fruit, and packages of nuts.

Ready to make the move but still need a place? Contact us today  to schedule a tour!

Apartment Perks That Make A Difference

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, June 04, 2019

apartment percs and amenities

When you begin apartment hunting you probably have a list of things you have to have. Two bedrooms, pet friendly, and close to your office are all requirements if you’re going to sign the lease on a new apartment. What about the little things, though? While not necessary, there are amenities and perks that can make one apartment community more appealing than another.

A Dishwasher

You’ve had a long day at work, and after coming home and cooking dinner, the last thing you want to do is wash all of the dishes by hand. You could wait until tomorrow, but they’ll have to be washed at one point or another. You don’t realize how helpful dishwashers truly are until you don’t have one.

Walk-In Closets

There is something about walk-in closets that seems luxurious. Apart from a feeling of luxury, walk-in closets are more spacious, allowing for more storage. Your clothing is easier to see and there’s more room for shoes, purses, and other accessories. Oh and there’s even room for your partners clothing…well, maybe.

Fitness Center

Having a fitness center in your apartment complex is convenient and will save you money. With a gym so close it’s hard to make excuses for not going. You’ll be able to stick to your fitness goals and meet people who live in your complex! You’ll also won’t have to pay $30 a month for a gym membership as many apartment complexes don’t charge a membership fee.

Swimming Pool

If you’ve always wanted a swimming pool of your own, now is your chance! Finding an apartment with a pool gives you all the relaxation benefits without having to maintain it. It’s a win-win for you. Instead of cranking the AC on hot summer days, you can go relax poolside with your favorite book.

These perks and amenities are just the beginning for Partridge Hill. Check out all of the amenities we offer and schedule your tour today!

How to Improve Concentration at Home

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

how to improve concentration

Even if you don’t work from home, there are undoubtedly times when you need to sit down and get some work done. It could be your taxes, planning a vacation, applying to jobs, or researching a new vehicle to buy. If you find it hard to concentrate on these things while you’re at home, it could be your décor or room setup that’s working against you.

Read ahead to learn how to improve your concentration at home.

Adjust Your Lighting

Lighting can make or break your ability to focus. A lack of lighting can affect your concentration, inhibiting your ability to get your work done. Add lighting that resembles natural lighting, as it’s the most soothing to the eyes. If you can, add dimmers to the lights so you have flexibility as well.

Sit So You’re Facing the Door

When you sit with your back to the door, your brain enters protection mode. It’s on alert for anyone who may enter the room and surprise you, causing your stress levels to rise. Reposition your desk or workspace so you’re facing the door. You’ll have peace of mind that no one will be able to sneak up on you.

Decorate with Brighter Tones

Calming colors like mellow greens and soft blues are great for the bedroom or living room; they’re not good for an office. Softer shades will cause your brain to switch into relaxation mode which is not conducive to being productive. Instead, decorate with brighter colors through pillows, blankets, picture frames and rugs.

Don’t Look at Your Bed

Your bed is for sleeping and relaxing at the end of the day. When you have a view of your bed, you’re more likely to want to take a nap than complete your work. Either move to a different room or reposition your desk so you can’t see you bed.

Don’t Face the Window

Just like facing the bed, facing the window won’t do you any favors. Things are constantly happening outside, even if it’s just a car driving by or someone walking their dog. These constant distractions will ultimately hurt your concentration. Complete the items on your to-do list before heading outside or enjoying the view.

Don’t Use Lavender

Whether you burn a lavender scented candle or use lavender essential oils, the scent is hurting your ability to focus. Save lavender for bed time and use rosemary instead to encourage concentration and focus. The aroma of lavender has also been proven to impair memory; not good if you’re studying!

Put the Electronics Away

Electronics don’t just mess with your sleep, they interrupt your concentration as well. The constant sounds and notifications coming from your devices will pull you away from your work. Electronic devices all emit Electric & Magnetic Fields that affect energy levels and ability to focus. Tuck them away out of sight and take intentional break to check your phone every hour.

Partridge Hill is located in a quiet and peaceful community in Rensselaer, NY. In addition to our spacious apartments, we also have a community clubhouse available to residents to gather and work. Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Getting Involved in Your New Community

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, May 07, 2019

getting involved in your community

Welcome to the neighborhood! Whether you moved to the area for work, family, friends, or a relationship, you’re probably feeling excited and a little nervous. It can be difficult to leave your home town for a new city that is unfamiliar. Instead of getting down about your situation, take the opportunity to get involved in your new community to make friends and feel connected to your new city.

Volunteer

Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people and bond over something you have in common. Find a local animal shelter, food pantry, church, boys and girls club and find out about their volunteer opportunities. You may have to complete some training, but it will be worth it!

Attend A Farmer’s Market

We’re incredibly lucky to live in the Capital Region where there are multiple farmer’s markets every week. Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga all host farmer’s markets featuring local farmers, artists, and other businesses. Introduce yourself to the vendors and ask for recommendations on things to do. They’ll be happy to help!

Attend Town Events

There is always something going on in the Capital Region, especially now that the warmer months are upon us. Check out this Troy calendar of events and this one for Albany and find a few events that peak your interest. Ask your new friends you met while volunteering to go with your or just go alone! You never know who you’ll meet while you’re enjoying your new city.

Head to the Park

Bring your favorite book or your dog to the park and enjoy spending time outdoors. You can meet other dog owners and members of the community while relaxing outdoors.

Visit Local Restaurants and Coffee Shops

Skip the chain restaurants and coffee joints and visit ones run by local owners. Introduce yourself and ask for recommendations on other restaurants or activities to go to. They’ll probably have some great recommendations or know of people who you could join up with.

If you’re moving to Rensselaer and need an apartment, contact us today! Partridge Hill is only 7 minutes from Albany and 16 from Troy, both of which are wonderful communities. Moving to a new community can push you outside of your comfort zone; take the time to embrace it and enjoy the Capital Region!

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