Keep Your WiFi Secure In Your New Apartment

Partridge Hill - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Renting an apartment, whether it’s your first or not, comes with a lot of responsibilities! After setting up your utilities and getting moved in, it's time to take care of a security task - protecting your home WiFi network. 

Why Do I Need to Worry About Secure WiFi?

In short: because you don't want other people using your WiFi, for many reasons. One of the most obvious is that you don't want anyone else sucking up your bandwidth and slowing down your internet speeds. However, there are major security risks, as well. 

With just a little work, anyone can get into an unsecured network. When someone is in your network, they can:

- Monitor your web activity. When this is happening, the unauthorized individual can not only read your emails and see which sites you visit, they can also steal any of your log-in and personal information that you input online.
- View all of your files on your computer.
- Spread a virus on your computer. 
- Use your internet connection to perform illegal activity.
- Use your accounts to send spam to all of your contacts.

How Do I Keep The WiFi In My Apartment Safe?

There are two simple ways to make sure that your router is secure: 

Change Your Preset Name: Every router comes with a preset name, which includes the factory name of the router. The problem with this is that if any potential hackers want to get into your router, they will be able to easily identify vulnerabilities with your network, based on their knowledge of the router model. 

Change The Password: Routers also come with a factory password. Again, a hacker knows what router you're using, they can easily guess the password, as well. While you're at it, make sure your password is something unique and difficult to guess! Tip: Avoid pet names (or your own name!) and any combination that make be easy to figure out. 

How Do I Change My WiFi’s Name And Password?

Changing your network name and password are fairly simple tasks. Once you identify the kind of router you have, simple look on the company's website for instructions on how to change your information.

That's it! Now, all you need is the perfect first apartment! 

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Our community offers floor plans to suit the needs to individuals and families. We offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments – all of which boasts spacious closets! Our residents also enjoy the convenience and privacy of their own balcony or patio, as well as our outdoor swimming pool, picnic areas and Clubhouse! Schedule  your tour today!

Organize Your Cabinets in 5 Easy Steps

Partridge Hill - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Creating more storage and becoming more organized may seem like an impossible task to take on while living in an apartment. Truthfully, it isn’t difficult at all; you just haven’t come across the best tips and ideas! Continue reading for ways to increase the capacity of the cabinets you already have.

5 Ways to Make Your Cabinets More Efficient

1. Items that you don’t use as frequently, but maybe need easy access to, can be stored in cute bins and baskets on top of cabinets where they are out of the way. If they are items that won’t be used quite as much, consider using a container that has a lid so you can keep the dust out. 
2. Try incorporating purposeful tools into your kitchen. Magnetic spice containers, for example, are a great way to clear up counter space or cabinet space since they can stick to the side of your refrigerator. 
3. Open your cabinets and take a step back to truly look at them. Does everything make sense where it’s currently living? Does it flow well with the space? If you’re searching for a utensil while cooking and can’t quickly find it, then it’s time to reorganize so the space works more efficiently. 
4. Cabinet cubbies, rather than open shelving, kind of force your hand and make you keep everything organized. This way you are less likely to have cluttered messy looming behind the cabinet door. 
5. Store-bought inserts can also help increase the amount of items cabinets can hold, much like cabinet cubbies. Plate racks, Lazy Susans, vertical cookie sheets, and so much more can help hold everything in its rightful place. 

We would love to see how you’ve organized your space, or even if you feel like you need a little help and you’re looking for suggestions! Share photos of your cabinets with us on Facebook (@partridgehillapts), and don’t forget to follow our page so you can keep up with everything we share each month.

If you’ve tried organizing your cabinets and find you still struggle with finding a home for everything, perhaps your home just doesn’t offer enough space for everything. If this is the case for you,  schedule a tour  of Partridge Hill Apartments! Our apartments are spacious with many amenities people dream of – swimming pool, picnic areas, security intercom entrance, and so much more! 

4 Solutions to Maximize Your Space While Renting

Partridge Hill - Monday, March 26, 2018

How many times have you started reading a blog about maximizing your space, only to realize their suggested solutions won’t actually work for you? Whether it’s installing shelving units, or suspending your pans from the kitchen ceiling, not every solution is viable for your space. 
Space Saving Tips For Renters
Maximize your floor space: Whether you live in one of our one bedroom or even one of our 3 bedroom apartments, floor space can be a hot commodity. Lofted beds, for example, are a great piece for a child’s bedroom. This allows for plenty of space for a desk to do their homework without overcrowding the floor.  

Small tool kitchen storage: While renting, you may find that the kitchen space or layout isn’t completely what you desire. Investing in organizational containers, stand-alone shelves, or even tension rods will allow you the ability to customize your kitchen to fit your needs. 

Invest in baskets: Decorative baskets serve a higher purpose than simply looking nice. Baskets can be tucked into the corner of a room while holding extra throw blankets. If your kitchen cabinets don’t rest up against the ceiling, this creates an ideal place for decorative baskets that hold items you aren’t using on a regular basis but can’t seem to part with. 

Embrace the decorative ladder: Whether you’re aiming for a country feel, or a mid-century vibe, ladders have found their way into our homes and out of storage. Depending on where you want your ladder to live will vary how it’s used for storage. From blankets and throws, to bookshelves (if the rungs are wide enough) ladders create storage that is both unique and purposeful. 

Perhaps you’ve simply run out of space in your apartment and you’re in need of a new place to call home. Contact us today and schedule a tour! Partridge Hill offers one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. Our community offers nine amazing acres of land which offers peace and tranquility for all of our residents. We’re sure to have a place you’d love to call your home.  

Start Growing Your Own Herbs

Partridge Hill - Friday, March 02, 2018

Gardening is a hobby that many enjoy; even those who reside in apartments can get in on the fun with! All you need is one or two sunny windows at Partridge Hill to get started. 
What Herbs Should I Grow?
For an indoor garden, it’s best to stick to herbs that won’t become overgrown, or grow too quickly. Kitchen staples such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley are a must-have for every garden. Remember – starting with seeds is less expensive; however, they require more attention and may take a few months before you are able to reap the benefits. 
How to Manage Your Plants:
Start with your containers. You can opt to plant multiple plants in a large container that is at least 6-12 inches deep. You can also use individual pots that are at least 6 inches for each plant. If you’re starting with seeds, you can use any small container, and transport the plants into larger containers once they are between 2 – 4 inches tall. Finally, you’ll want to ensure that your containers have drainage holes and are sitting on a saucer or similar dish that will hold the drainage water. 

When transporting your plants to a new container, be sure to use potting mix instead of garden soil, which makes it more difficult for the water to pass through after time. Create a 2-3 inch layer of potting mix at the bottom of your container, before gently loosening the roots to flare out your plant, and gently place it into the new container. Finish filling in the container with potting mix, leaving just an inch or so free at the top for water. Water your plant immediately after transporting it to its new container. 

Do not overwater your plants. The best way to test whether or not your plant needs to be watered is to gently poke your finger into the soil. If the soil is dry an inch or two into the container, give it some water. Watering slowly is best; you’ll want to watch the bottom of the container, and stop watering once water starts to leave the container and drain into the saucer below. 

Pruning (or snipping) your plants will encourage healthy growth. Snipping the tips off of basil, rosemary, and similar plants will encourage the plant to branch more. With your cilantro and parsley – which are bushier – you can remove entire stems from the outer edge of the plant to encourage new growth. 

Once you’ve started your indoor herb garden, you’ll be able to use the herbs as soon as you see new growth! Don’t let apartment living stop you from growing your own herbs. Impress your friends with your green thumb and have some great meals made with fresh herbs!

Create Your Own Yoga Studio With Our 3 Easy Steps

Partridge Hill - Friday, February 16, 2018

You don’t have to go to a yoga studio in order to get your workout completed for the day! Create a studio that’s all your own in the privacy of your home in a few minutes with these easy steps.

How To Create A Yoga Studio At Home

1. Designate an Area for Yoga: To be serious about doing yoga at home, you need to create an area specifically for yoga. This will become your “studio”. Whether you use a curtain or wall divider to separate your space, it’s important to have a designated area to keep you motivated. You can even use a piece of furniture that you already have such as coffee table, or even if there’s ample room between your couch and the wall!
2. Stock up on Instructional Videos: Unless you’re a professional instructor, you may find it easier to have videos on hand to guide you through your routine. There are many different techniques which all serve different purposes. Before committing, do some research to find the routine best suited for you!
3. Start Your Routine: Many of us are creatures of habit, which makes it easier to stick to a routine. Whether you prefer to do yoga first thing in the morning to start your day, or if you’d rather use it to wind down at the end of the day, find what works for you and stick to it.

With the spacious living areas of each of our apartments, you will find creating your own yoga studio isn’t difficult at all. If you want to add more to your routine, head to our fitness center. With your own in-house yoga studio and our fitness center, you won’t need a gym membership!

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4 Ways to Add Color to Your Home without Paint

Partridge Hill - Thursday, February 01, 2018

Living in an apartment comes with a variety of perks for each of our residents, but, sometimes we need a bit of inspiration when it comes to decorating without painting. The inability to paint doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with beautiful colors. Below are 4 easy ways to incorporate color into your home without picking up a paintbrush! 

Add Color To Your Home Without Paint

1. Pillows and Throws: Accessories like pillows and blankets create the perfect opportunity to add layers of color as well as textures to your home. They’re also something that can easily be changed with the seasons and holidays. 
2. Accent Rug: Invest in an accent rug! If you have mostly neutral colors for furniture, an accent rug can bring added life to the room. Or if you have a couch that boasts a colorful personality, find a rug that will coordinate well so it ties the room together. 
3. Reupholster Dining Chairs: Have you been to a garage sale and spotted dining chairs that needed a little TLC but weren’t sure what to do with them? Have them reupholstered, or if you have the skills this creates the perfect DIY project! 
4. Plants: If colorful furniture and DIY projects isn’t your cup of tea, try bringing life to your apartment with plants. Don’t have a green thumb? The right artificial plant (that doesn’t look artificial) will work just as well for your space.  

There are so many ways to bring color into your home without a drop of paint ever touching the walls; we hope these 4 ideas have brought you a bit of inspiration. We’d love to see your pictures, share them with us on Facebook (@partridgehillapts)! 

Maybe you need a little more than some color in your home, how about a new blank slate? With so many benefits and amenities you’ll want to call Partridge Hill your home! Contact us and schedule a tour today!

Start 2018 with a New Home at Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Partridge Hill has created a peaceful community, offering the beautiful landscape you desire while still near the busy Rensselaer lifestyle. We are proud to have created a rural-like community with so many perks and amenities you’ll be ready to call us your home sooner rather than later.

Benefits of Living at Partridge Hill

Our residents enjoy a high level of comfort while living in one of our many layouts. We offer one, two, or three-bedroom luxury apartments. Each of our apartments have oversized closets installed, air conditioning, and we’re spread out over 9 acres of land!  

Some of our other amenities include:
Intercom Entry: Safety is a top priority for our entire staff which is why our buildings are equipped with secure entrances.
Club House: Our community center offers residents a place to work or relax with friends and family. Not only that, we also have a fitness room!
Pool Area: Enjoy relaxing poolside during those warm summer months! 
Laundry Facilities: Each building has its own Laundry Center. You won’t have to worry about going outside during rain or snow to take care of your clothes! 

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To hear more about what Partridge Hill has to offer our residents, and to schedule a tour, we encourage you to contact us!

Keep Busy with Activities All Winter

Partridge Hill - Friday, January 05, 2018

Looking for something different to keep you busy during the winter month or perhaps outdoor activities aren’t for you, whichever is the case, you’re sure to find something fun happening in and around Albany, NY this winter season!

For the art lover: January 8th the Intro to Musical Improv is happening at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran you will find your voice and confidence to sing songs from the top of your head.

Story Time with Ethan Ullman is happening on January 12th at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Come out and enjoy an evening of stories as told by comedians, performers, and more.

For the foodie:  The Annual Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will be hosted at the Albany Hilton from January 11th through the 13th. Enjoy events and competitions such as Battle of the Bartender, Grand Tasting and Seminars, Rising Star Chef Pavilion, and so much more!

January 17th the American Italian Heritage Museum is hosting Soup and Conversation; a social opportunity to visit and converse with familiar faces as well as someone new. Enjoy an afternoon of soup, coffee, dessert and more! 

These are only a few of the events happening near us! For a complete list of what’s happening be sure to visit Perhaps you have plenty of activities lined up for the winter months and instead you’re searching for a new place to call home. Contact Partridge Hill and schedule a tour today! 

Create a Cozier Apartment this Winter Season in 5 Easy Steps

Partridge Hill - Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter is officially upon us, which for upstate New York means blistering winds and frigid temperatures. It gets darker faster and many of us want to stay inside where it’s nice and warm. This winter season; create a cozier apartment while also making it feel more inviting. 

1. Add Levels of Lighting: During the winter, we begin and end our days in the dark. Creating layers of light in your apartment with a mixture of table lamps and floor lamps will help brighten your home. For more of a mixture, use a variety of warm lights and cool lights. 

2. Add Texture: Create a cozier home by adding texture to your walls. If you have drapes for example, pulling them shut will create texture as well as keeping the cold air out. If you want to keep yours open and let the light in, find a unique tapestry or quilt to hang from a wall. It will bring life to an otherwise blank space and create a talking point for you and your guests.

3. Create a Nook: Winter is a perfect time to stay inside and catch up on your reading! Pick a space in your apartment that will be your designated reading nook and gather everything that you will need. Add pillows, a blanket, and something to set your tea or coffee on and you’re set for your reading nook!

4. Personal Comfort: For those who are away from loved ones and find themselves getting a little homesick at times, this is a perfect project. Take the time to add some of your favorite images to your wall space, desks, or other areas that look a little bare. Whether it’s a family photo, photos from your college days, or your favorite album in a frame, looking at familiar images is sure to make your apartment feel a little more like home.

5. Keep a Blanket Handy: A quick and easy way to make your home feel cozier is to drape blankets on your couch, recliner, or end chairs. Your home will become cozier, more inviting, and this will ensure that warmth is only an arm’s reach away. 

Contact Partridge Hill Apartments
Now that you’ve read our tips for a cozier apartment this winter, contact Partridge Hill Apartments to schedule a tour! 

5 Holiday Hosting Tips Everyone Needs

Partridge Hill - Friday, December 01, 2017

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and there are still plenty of opportunities to host holiday dinners, gatherings, and cocktail parties. Whether this is your first time or you’ve hosted for the holidays before, it’s always nice to be prepared.

1. Consider the Dinner Set: The holiday season is a special time of year which makes it the perfect time to use your good china. Whether it’s something you inherited from your great grandparents or a nice set you bought specifically for the season, take it out of the cupboard and make sure it’s in tip-top shape for your guests!

2. Beverages: Take your guests into consideration while creating your beverage menu. Some people prefer wine with dinner while others don’t consume alcohol. Having a variety of options will help your guests feel at home. As the host, you can even ask your guests to bring their favorite beverage to share with everyone. This will give your guests something to discuss other than the typical topics. 

3. Centerpiece or Tablescape: We’re not saying either of these are a must-have for your holiday gathering, but, it certainly brings some festive cheer to the table! Whether it’s a modern piece, an old classic, or something DIY, a centerpiece or tablescape can take your table from “ho-hum” to “oh wow”! 

4. Linens and Place Settings: Gather your items together well before your planned gathering date. This will give you enough time to get everything washed and prepped. It will also give you time to prepare for the inevitable “surprise guest”; everybody knows someone who forgets to RSVP or brings someone with them! 

5. The Menu: Above all else, plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list and head to the store! This will help cut down on forgotten items or buying something you already have. Much like the beverages, having a variety that will satisfy all of your guests would be ideal. You can also ask them to bring a favorite dish to share with everyone!

We hope you found these 5 holiday hosting tips helpful and you can incorporate them into your party this season! 

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