5 Things to Measure on An Apartment Tour

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Touring apartments can be a fun and exciting experience! What’s not so exciting is realizing on moving day that your couch won’t fit through the door. To avoid any moving down meltdowns, remember to measure these five things during any apartment tour.

Counter Height

Did you know counters can be different heights? It’s important to measure the counters if you’re looking to buy stools to provide some extra seating. Bar stools are 30”-32” high while counter height stools are lower at 24”-26”. A good thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to want 8’-12” of leg room between the stool seat and the counter.

Widths of Doors

You’re going to run into a real problem if you find out on moving day that your bed frame or couch doesn’t fit through the door. If you take the measurements and realize that’s the case, you’re either going to have to pass on the apartment or buy a new piece of furniture that will fit through the door.

Widths of Hallways and Staircases

We all remember Ross yelling “pivot!” at Rachel and Chandler as they struggled to get a couch up the stairs of his apartment building. Don’t let this be you! A quick measurement of the hallway and staircase could save you hours of grief.


The Size of The Bedroom

If you haven’t caught on by now, most of these measurements are to ensure that your furniture will fit in your new apartment. If you have a king size bed in addition to a few dressers and nightstands, measure the bedroom so you know it will all fit. It’s not the end of the world if a dresser or night stand won’t fit, but if the bed won’t then you may want to rethink renting that apartment. 

Height of the Shower Curtain Rod

While this isn’t an absolute must, it will save you an extra trip to the store! There is no standard height placement for shower curtain rods, only lengths of rods, so be sure to measure! You don’t want to end up with a shower curtain that is too long or too short.

Now that you’re prepared, grab your measuring tape and give us a call to schedule your tour

9 Ways to Organize Your Closet

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

At Partridge Hill, every resident is able to enjoy spacious, oversized closets in their bedroom. However, that is just the beginning. Closets can be customized to fit your every need and want! Keep reading for our best tips and tricks on how to organize your closet.
  1. Store your most used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. No more constantly searching for that shirt you wear every week!
  2. Use tiered shelves to organize your shoes and keep them from cluttering your closet floor.
  3. Put up hooks to hang bulky jackets and scarves.
  4. Store out of season clothing under the bed to make more room in your closet.
  5. Color code the items in your closet so they’re easier to find. You can also organize your clothing by sweaters, t-shirts, long pants, dresses, etc.
  6. Use baskets to store scarves, hats, slippers and other accessories.
  7. Hang another bar in your closet to instantly double the amount of closet space.
  8. Use a hanging shoe organizer to store sweaters instead! Roll your sweaters before tucking inside to save space and avoid saggy shoulders.   
  9. Add a mirror to the back of the door to make your closet a one stop shop for getting ready in the morning.

Looking for more organizing tips? Check out how to organize your cabinets in 5 easy steps!

Where to Change Your Address When You Move

Partridge Hill - Thursday, January 03, 2019

There’s a lot to think about when you move! From packing and scheduling moving trucks to managing utilities and Internet, the list may seem endless. One thing that is important to do whenever you move to a new home is to change your address. 

This step alone can feel like it has its own endless list, as there are many places you may have to update with you new address. We’ve listed them all down below, so you don’t forget one!

1. The Post Office

The most obvious one and the first one you should complete! Any mail that gets delivered to your old address will be automatically forwarded to your new one for 12 months.

2. Gas and Electric
This should be done the moment you know your new address and the day you’re moving. Other wise you risk being without heat and electricity!

3. Phone, Cable and Internet

These days, it can be hard to imagine living without Internet, even for a few hours! Don’t let it be days by forgetting to inform your cable and Internet provider that you’re moving. You’ll also need to alert your cell phone provider so they know where to send your bill.

4. Tax Agencies

Log on to the IRS website as well as your state’s government website to notify them of your new address. 

5. Home or Renters’ Insurance

Your home or renters’ insurance agency will need to know where to transfer your policy to. Get this taken care of early so you know you’re covered in case anything happens!

6. Your Bank, Loan Provider and Credit Card Company

Unfortunately, your credit card bills and loans will always find you. Give your bank, loan provider and credit card company a call to notify them of the change.

7. Subscription Services

It’d be a shame to have an exciting package be sent to your old address! Log on to your online account and change your address so you know you’ll get your next shipment.

Did we miss anything? Let us know! Thinking of moving soon? Contact us today and we’ll help you find your dream home at Partridge Hill. 

3 Steps to Better Sleep This Winter

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

With snowy days and nights for the foreseeable future, it means more cuddles under the blanket, curling up on the couch, baking cookies and binge-watching shows. That sounds like a perfect recipe for lulling you into a good night’s rest, right? However, the cold weather brings a list of challenges for many of us including restless nights, lethargy, and of course – plenty of tossing and turning throughout the night. It’s time to take control and get a full night of sleep this winter!
  1. Temperature Control: When the temperature drops, our immediate reaction is to put on flannel pajamas and take the heavier blankets out of the closet for bedtime. This initial reaction may actually cause more harm than good. While you’re sleeping, your body temperature begins to rise little by little. So if you have too many layers, especially too many heavy layers, it can cause you to become restless.
  2. Exercise: We all know that exercising regularly is good for us and, ideally, the way we should live our lives. It’s fairly common for exercise routines to go by the wayside during the winter months because it’s easier to simply stay bundled up and watch TV. Keeping up with, or starting a new routine, can help to regulate your sleep pattern. In fact, people who are more active typically fall asleep easier than those who aren’t as active. With a state-of-the-art gym facility in our community, there’s almost no excuse for skipping a session! 
  3. Let There Be Light: As we know, the sun begins to set earlier during the winter which leaves us feeling tired earlier. Is feeling tired important for sleep? Of course, but going to bed too early can cause you to either wake too soon or be over-tired the next day. Incorporating higher-quality light bulbs to your fixtures and swapping out a noise making alarm for one with a light that mimics the sunrise can encourage a healthier sleep pattern and creates a better way of waking in the morning. 
For more tips including how to make your home cozier and a list of 10 items you aren’t responsible for while renting, contact us today and schedule a tour of our community. We’re sure you’ll love everything we have to offer and want to call us home sooner rather than later! 

Stay Busy This Holiday Season with These 5 Activities

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Our area is no stranger to snowfall, but it can be difficult at times to beat the winter blues and defeat the case of cabin fever we all experience. To add to this, the holiday season keeps us busy running errands, picking up packages, and deciding which (if any) holiday parties to attend. We are lucky enough to live in an area with such a diverse culture and a long list of fun activities to try during the holiday season. Here’s our list of some fun activities to try this holiday season.

5 Fun Activities in the Capital Region During the Holidays

  1. Artful Playgroup for Toddlers: Bundle up the little ones on December 5th and head to the Art Omi: Benson Center for a morning filled with playing, exploring, and art as your little ones learn more about themselves and our world.
  2. Ice Skating: Whether you’ve been ice skating most of your life, or you want to try something new, heading to the Clifton Park Ice Arena can be a fun way to enjoy the day while staying active. 
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life: Experience the seasonal classic as it was meant to be, on the big screen, at The Palace Theatre. The movie starts at 7pm on December 21st making it a great way to start your weekend with friends and family! 
  4. Capital Holiday Lights: Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll or you prefer to stay warm in the comfort of your own vehicle, viewing the holiday light displays is an event for all ages and a great tradition to incorporate in your holiday season! 
  5. Schedule a Tour: With the end of the year right around the corner, scheduling a tour of the Partridge Hill community and finding your new home is a great way to celebrate the season. Our community offers a private patio or balcony for each unit, security intercom entrance, and multiple layout options – you’ll want to call us your home sooner rather than later. Schedule your tour today!

5 Tips to Staying Productive This Season

Partridge Hill - Monday, November 19, 2018

When fall arrives, not only do the leaves begin to fall, but many of us are compelled to turn a new leaf and make some changes in our lives. It’s important to make changes that are feasible and ones that you can maintain throughout the year, unlike that pesky New Year’s resolution. When we intentionally make changes about how we’re spending our time and expending our energy can make a major difference in our day-to-day mood. That being said, wouldn’t you want to make positive changes in order to stay more productive? 

The 5 Best Ways to Stay Productive 

1. Refine Your To-Do List: For many of us, a to-do list that is too long can feel overwhelming and daunting. Refine your to-do list to your liking; perhaps it’s completing 6 tasks on Tuesday and 4 on Saturday so you can enjoy time with friends and family. Even writing out the list so you can physically check items off as you go can be a big mood booster! 
2. Find a Creative Outlet: It’s easy for us to get into a routine where we feel comfortable, we don’t typically deviate from that routine and only accomplish the tasks required of that day. Creativity helps us to live a better life where we are more present in each moment. When we’re actually living in the moment, we can see things from a different perspective. Make an effort to prioritize some time where you’re being creative; whether it’s cooking something new or a DIY project, try experimenting with different outlets.
3. Let Go: For many of us, a disorganized home can fuel our stress. It can consume your focus. You may grow tired or frustrated looking for something you swore you had, and then when your frustration reaches a boiling point you end up heading to the store to purchase another version of the very item you were searching for in your home. Rather than waiting for spring to roll around to get yourself into gear and your home better organized, begin today! 
4. Don’t Procrastinate: The enemy of productivity is procrastination and for many it is caused by a task or activity that we really dread. To help alleviate this issue, organize your daily task list in an order that not only works for you but also gets the dreaded task(s) out of the way first. Leaving them for the end will likely end in excuses as to why you simply can’t complete the task. You’re only hurting yourself in the end because that dreaded task won’t complete itself. 
5. Take Care of Your Work Space: This is especially important if you have an at-home office space dedicated to your daily work life or if it’s used for your side hustle. Whether the papers on your desk need to be organized, recycled, or filed away you should keep your space free of clutter so your mind can stay focused on your work. Eliminate the stacks of papers and incorporate plant life on your desk instead.

It’s important to take care of ourselves on a consistent basis in addition to the spaces we inhabit. By doing so creates a positive chain of reaction and helps us to stay productive throughout the month and hopefully throughout the year. 

If you find yourself in a situation where your apartment isn’t as conducive to the productive lifestyle you desire, you should consider taking a tour of our community. With a state-of-the-art fitness center, seasonal swimming pool, and apartment layouts ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms, you will enjoy everything we have to offer! To learn more about Partridge Hill and to schedule a tour, contact us today!

4 Essentials Tips for Every Thanksgiving Host

Partridge Hill - Monday, November 05, 2018

Hosting Thanksgiving can be a strenuous undertaking whether it’s your first time or it’s the day you’re “known for”. With the majority of the day focused on food, some details can become lost in the shuffle or forgotten completely. There’s the combination of overnight accommodations, especially if they’re coming the day before and staying with you, on top of the already jam-packed day of preparing food and being a good host. 

4 Tips for a Successful Thanksgiving

Prepare Your Kitchen: Before putting together your list of grocery items, make sure your kitchen is in order.  If you’re hosting, this is arguably one of the busiest days your kitchen will see throughout the year, so it’s imperative you give it special attention and care. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for all of the food and dishes!

If you’re taking a leap by making a dish you’ve never made before, this is the time to ensure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck. 

Make Your Lists: With your kitchen prepped, it’s time to create your menu, keeping in mind if any guests are bringing a dish, or if there are food allergies to be mindful of. Your list of items to buy is already as long as your arm, having a list will help keep you on track. A check list will ensure nothing is forgotten, duplicates aren’t purchased or worse yet – purchasing an item that will go unused. 

With your shopping list set, create the schedule for the big day – including cooking times! You will also want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this before they’re enroot will help to cover your bases and that nothing has been forgotten. 

Work on Your Dining Room: Coming in second place to the kitchen, this room is most likely to see a considerable amount of action during the holiday. Your dining room is more than a table, chairs, and curtains. Take into consideration table linens, place settings, and tablescape. 

If you’ll be using the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need their own special attention and prep work. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Will a kids table be in order or will they be sitting with the adults? Finally, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and gourds, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than pack away more items.

Prepare Your Guest Room: At this point in your preparations you should know if you’re expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. Change the bed linens, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think your guests may require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay as comfortable as possible. 

We hope you found these tips helpful and they make a positive impact on your Thanksgiving. We’d love to see pictures of your holiday, be sure to share them with us on Facebook (@partridgehillapts)! 

Perhaps you’ve successfully hosted Thanksgiving and you have a successful process in place already but you’re searching for a new place to call home that offers enough space for all of your hosting needs, contact Partridge Hill today to schedule a tour!

4 Plants That Can Survive With Minimal Light

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

If you’re looking to bring plants into your home but concerned they might not get enough light in certain areas, like the bedroom when your curtains are closed, this is the list for you. Below are some hardy plants that can survive without a lot of natural light. 

4 Plants That Require Minimal Natural Light

Begonias: With a wide range of colors and shapes for their leaves, this plant does quite well without direct sunlight. Begonia owners just need to be careful to not overwater the plant. 
Mint: You can successfully grow mint in your home as long as you keep the soil moist and give it a bit of natural light. As long as you do this, you’ll be sure to have mint for tea and your favorite recipes. 
Maidenhair Fern: Many ferns do well with low lighting areas and this one makes a great addition to any setting with its light and frilly leaves. 
Moss Terrariums: This option is perfect for the household that wants plant life without a lot of work. Position the terrarium near a window where it can get dashes of light. All you will need to do is ensure it retains a suitable level of moisture. 

If you prefer keeping plants outside, consider putting a planter on your private patio or balcony. It will surely get the natural sunlight it deserves and you can enjoy its beauty as you unwind from your busy day or as you drink your morning coffee. If owning a plant isn’t your ideal cup of tea, but you still enjoy taking in nature’s beauty, you’re in luck because our community is spread out over 9 amazing acres! Contact us today to schedule a tour and to find your new home.

Fall Activities in the Capital Region

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 02, 2018

When we think of fall activities, carving pumpkins and picking apples are the first things that seem to pop into our brains. What about the rest of the events going on around the Capital Region? Take a look at the list below and change up your usual fall activities! 

Outdoor Fall Activities

2018 Wing Walk: Saturday, October 6th is Schenectady’s 2018 Wing Walk. Venture through Downtown Schenectady and enjoy samples of unique chicken wing recipes from a variety of restaurants. Once you’re done, vote for your favorite! 

Running SCCCared 5K Family Run/Walk: Happening Saturday, October 13th is St. Catherine’s Center for Children for their 5th Annual Running SCCCared Family 5K at The Crossings of Colonie. Spend the day with friends and family being active for a good cause and enjoy light refreshments after!

Saratoga DBA Fall Festival: Celebrate the fall season in Downtown Saratoga with games, music, costume parade and so many more family-friendly activities. It all happens on Saturday, October 27th; you won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

Indoor Fall Activities

Secret Stockade Tours: The tour begins outside but then takes you through a journey through two Stockade homes, each with their own history. Refreshments will be served inside the historic Brouwer House, the Stockade’s oldest home. You don’t want to miss this tour happening on October 10th. 

Children’s Star Sighting: Saturday, October 20th at the Henry Hudson Planetarium is an interactive program for kids to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations. Bring the night sky to life for your kids!

Check out Albany.com for more events happening in the Capital Region this fall and try something new.  While you’re out enjoying everything the area has to offer, take a tour of our apartments! We have amenities our renters love and multiple layouts to choose from including two and three bedroom apartments!

5 Tips Every First Time Renter Should Know

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
When it comes to renting your first apartment, there’s a lot that you will need to keep in mind from layout options, budgets, to amenities that might be included with your apartment. We’ve compiled a list of necessary items for every first time renter to keep in mind as they decide on their new home and how to avoid unnecessary headaches. 

5 Tips for First Time Renters

1. Logistics: Throughout your adult life you are likely to accumulate pieces of furniture, each of which will need to be taken into consideration when you move. Not only thinking about their size and situating them in the apartment, but, can you get them into the apartment? Will your antique dining room table make it around a corner, or will it simply not fit? Take measurements of your furniture, especially if you don’t intend to part with any. Then when you visit different spaces be sure to bring your measurements and measure the entryways of the building and apartment.
2. Expenses: This is particularly important to keep in mind, but many think it’s a no-brainer. Throughout your search you will hear the cost of the monthly rent, but you will need to know if anything additional such as cable or internet is included. If it isn’t, make a mental note to check your other monthly expenses such as student loans or car payments to ensure you are still within your limit. 
3. Visit During Different Times of the Day: You may feel like this step is excessive, but the area’s sounds, traffic, and activity could change throughout the day. Taking a tour during the day while most people are at work may not give you an accurate sense of the area or the traffic noise. Partridge Hill is situated on nine gorgeous acres in the Town of North Greenbush which makes our residents close enough to places of work and daily necessities, but without the noise of traffic and commuters.  
4. Signing a Lease Sight Unseen: There are unique circumstances when this is ok, like moving to a new area for example.  If you live relatively in the area of the apartment you are interested in, you are strongly encouraged to visit and take a tour prior to signing a lease. Pictures can speak a thousand words, but, nothing replaces the actual experience of the visit and making sure you truly love the size, layout, and amenities of the apartment. 
5. Review the Lease: While some landlords will be quick to put a lease in front of you and expect a signature during that moment. Don’t feel pressured to sign it right then, the management team at Partridge Hill encourages you to read through the lease thoroughly and ask any questions to ensure a complete understanding of the entire lease. 

The most important tip to keep in mind; don’t feel pressured to make an immediate decision. It’s ok to take time to think things through before signing a lease, even if that means taking a night or two and sleeping on it. Our team of professionals will take the time with you that is needed to answer your questions and help you come to the decision that is best for you and your lifestyle needs. 

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