7 Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 06, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!

How to Work Productively from Home

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, April 17, 2019


When searching for jobs, one perk that many people look for is the ability to work from home. Having some degree of flexibility and not having a commute are two of the reasons people love working from home. However, as nice as it may be, working from home can be less productive than going into an office every day.

For a more productive work day, follow these tips!

Plan Your Day

Working from home means you have to be the one to hold yourself accountable on a day-to-day basis. Write out a schedule or a to-do list so you can cross things off and ensure you’re getting work done. Listing out everything you need to get done during the day will give you a good idea of how long to spend on each task as well.

Limit Distractions

Working from home means you’re surrounded by endless distractions. From Netflix and Facebook to dirty dishes and laundry, there are plenty of other things to do while at home. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, turn it into an office! Having a designated space to work each day will put you in “work mode” and set you up to accomplish your to-do list.

If you can’t spare a bedroom, there are still actions you can take to limit distractions. Download an extension to your web browser that blocks social media and other distracting websites. Save any cleaning or chores for any breaks you take during the day or for after work hours. Listening to music or a podcast will break the silence in your apartment but won’t distract you from your work.

Take Breaks

Breaks are important, even when you work from home. Set a timer for ten minutes and take that time to wash dishes, switch over the laundry, or just watch a video online. Once the ten minutes is up, your brain will be refreshed, and you’ll be ready to go back to work.

Are you looking for an apartment that will be the perfect place to work from home? Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about Partridge Hill!

5 Ways to Welcome New Neighbors

Partridge Hill - Thursday, April 04, 2019


Even if you never intend to be best friends with your new neighbor, it’s always a good idea to introduce yourself and make them feel welcome. You never know when you’ll need a helping hand or someone to water your plants when you go on vacation.

Start the relationship with your new neighbors off on the right foot by welcoming them in one of the following ways.

Apartment Introduction

While an apartment tour is informative while looking for a new home, having a current resident show you around once you’re moved in is even better! You can tell your new neighbors about any insider tips and tricks, like when the best time to do laundry is, and introduce them to other residents. This also provides your neighbors an opportunity to ask any remaining questions they may have.

Write a Handwritten Note

In a time of short text messages and phone calls, a handwritten note goes a long way. Introduce yourself, let them know what apartment you’re in, and offer to answer any questions they have. They’ll be happy to know they have someone to go to if they need any help.

Give the Gift of Greenery

A plant is a low-cost gift that will breathe some new life into your neighbor’s apartment. Do some research on low maintenance plants in case your neighbor doesn’t have a green thumb. Send along a note with care instructions for the plant so the recipient isn’t left wondering how often to water it.

Neighborhood Cheat Sheet

Put together a list of helpful information you can give to your neighbor along with the handwritten note or house plant. Include the best places to get delivery from, where the good coffee shops are located, and reminders like when garbage and recycle pickup days are. The small effort on your end will make the transition into a new home and area easier on your neighbor.

Neighborhood Introduction

Discovering all the best places to go in a neighborhood can take months or even years. Invite your new neighbor to a restaurant in town and tell them about the best places to go. They’ll appreciate learning about the best parks, coffee shops and bars from someone who knows the area well.

Know someone who would love to move in to Partridge Hill? Have them schedule a tour today!

Five Allergy Relief Tips

Partridge Hill - Monday, March 18, 2019


Allergies can occur year-round, however they’re particularly bad for many once the snow begins to melt and the temperature warms up. While avoiding exposure to outside allergens is nearly impossible, there are things that can be done inside your home to provide some much-needed allergy relief!

Change Your Air Filters

Residents of Partridge Hill are responsible for changing their own air filters. We recommend changing them twice a year for maximum efficiency and to have the cleanest air possible. 

Dust Often!

No one likes to dust, especially when you have allergies. However, not dusting will leave your apartment a mess and increases the amount of allergens in the air. Dust once a week and then follow it up by vacuuming. You’ll have a cleaner apartment and be sneezing less!

Shower in the Evening

Switch up your routine and shower in the evening. Pollen sticks to clothing and hair so it’s best to shower and change clothes once you’re home for the night. Otherwise the pollen will be on your sheets, furniture and floor, essentially bringing the outside in.

Use Allergy Relief Bedding

Once you shower, slip into a bed that has allergy relief bedding on it. The special bedding keeps dust mites that are in the pillow, comforter and mattress from getting into the air. The bedding also prevents dead skin cells from getting to the dust mites, essentially starving them of their food.

Take Your Shoes Off 

If you don’t take your shoes off in your home already, it’s time to start doing so. Pollen will stick to your shoes and spread throughout your apartment if you keep them on. Place a shelf or shoe rack by the front door so you have a designated spot to leave shoes when you come home. It will also act as a hint to guests that you would like them to remove their shoes.

Follow these five tips and you’ll have a much easier transition from winter to spring! For more tips including how to become more energy efficient, and a complete list of our amenities, contact us today and schedule a tour! 

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