Go Green with These 5 Tips from Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
hands holding a planted tree and the world in a waterdrop

Making a few changes in your life and daily routine can help reduce the amount of energy used on a regular basis as well as chemicals which can prove to be harmful to the environment. These 5 quick tips will help you get started down the right path!


Lighting: Incandescent light bulbs may seem like a better purchase since their sticker price is often cheaper compared to other options. However, they can actually cost you more in the long run. Whereas using light bulbs such as Light Emitting Diode (LED), Halogen Incandescent, or a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) will last longer and save you money on your electricity bill. Many manufacturers will include the average lifespan as well as the average cost for your electric bill. 

Turning lights off in a room while not in use is a simple concept, but, is lost on many. Quite a few of us have a bad habit of leaving lights on when we leave a room. Turning lights off can save you money every month and your light bulbs will last longer. 


Temperature Control: There are a few ways to control and maintain a comfortable temperature in your apartment that won’t make your electricity bill skyrocket and will help you go green! Many home goods stores have a wide selection of insulated curtains which help to keep the temperature in your apartment regulated. So if there are extreme temperatures outside, keeping the curtains closed will help keep you cozy and will help ensure your heat (or air conditioning) isn’t running when it shouldn’t. 

Limiting the use of your oven, especially during summer months, will also help keep the temperature regulated and help in your green efforts. Using an oven for long periods of time builds up heat in the apartment, which makes your air conditioning run longer and work harder. 


Power Down: Using a surge protector for appliances or electronics which use a lot of energy allows you to turn them on and off quickly and efficiently. Appliances and electronics that are left plugged in, even if they aren’t on, actually draw energy. Having items plugged into a surge protector will also help protect them in the event of severe weather and power outages. One such item you should consider using this for is your laptop or desktop computer. 


Green Cleaning Products: Take time to consider the chemical cocktail in your cleaning products. These chemicals can potentially be dangerous to those within your home and the environment. While cleaning, the chemicals are released into the environment and they can be absorbed into your skin. Changing your products will lessen pollution in waterways, air, and minimizes our impact to the ozone layer. 


Recycle: The Partridge Hill community offers recycling with our amenities and we encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this! Adding a recycling bin in your home allows for you to separate the recycling from the garbage and dispose of each in their proper containers once you take them outside. Recycling isn’t as tedious as it sounds and we encourage all of our residents to partake so that we can help protect our environment. 


What steps are you taking to go green? Share your tips and tricks with us! Or, if you’re ready to make the Partridge Hill community your new home, contact us to schedule a tour!

Throw Your Best Halloween Party Ever

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 03, 2017
men and women at a Halloween party

Fall is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner. If you haven’t confirmed any plans, and you’re thinking of hosting a party, use our ideas to inspire your event!


Décor: Each year, it’s the same. Skeletons, black cats, orange and black – well, everything, from plates to balloons, the color combination is everywhere.  Try something different this year, rich shades of purple that are deep in color pair well with black and takes your color-scheme from ordinary to extraordinary! 

Take your decorations up a level or two with a makeshift chandelier. What you will need: laytex balloons filled with helium, twine and spiders (Check your local craft store, or online supplier for these. Ones made from stiff paper will work the best.) Once your balloons are filled, tie a long strand of twine to the end, then create a small hole in your spider. From there, you will feed the other end of the twine through the hole and tie a knot, securing your spider at the end of the twine. Your spiders will look like they’re climbing down from your balloons! 


Beverages: Remember going to dances in middle school and people congregated awkwardly around the punch bowl? Your guests will hang around these too, but, because they’re positively spooktacular. In a clear punchbowl mix together lemon-lime soda and lime sherbet, then drop a few scoops of the sherbet on top and drizzle a little bit more lemon-lime soda over the scoops. This will create a foggy-frosty concoction your guests will love. 

For a punch that is extra creepy fill a latex glove with water, tie it shut, lay the glove flat in your freezer and leave it there until it is frozen solid. Once you put together your favorite type of punch, remove the ice hand from the glove (you may need to cut the glove) and put it in your punch! So easy, but adds a much-desired level of creepy.  


Food: Surely you’ve been to Halloween parties and seen the typical “mummy dogs,” but what about desserts? Create mini monster eyes by using mini powdered sugar donuts, gummy rings and a brown M&M. The gummy ring acts as the iris while the M&M acts like the pupil of your monster eyeball. You can simply stack the ingredients on top of one another, or, you can use royal icing to “glue” them together. 

If you’re going with the purple and black color scheme, you can make a coordinating purple and black trifle for dessert. Trifles sound harder than they really are. Alternate layers of brownie bits (or chocolate cake) and no-bake blackberry cheesecake in individual cups. It will work well with your theme and your guests will love this delicious treat! 

Now that you’ve heard our ideas, start planning and have fun! 


Looking for a new place to call your home? Schedule a tour of Partridge Hill, you’ll love our apartments so much, you won’t want to leave! 

Top 5 Tips to Find the Perfect Roommate

Partridge Hill - Friday, September 22, 2017
Roommate Contract
You may find yourself in a situation where you need a roommate, or perhaps you don’t want to live alone. Either case is fine, however what isn’t fine is making a rush decision on the matter. This decision is almost as important as finding the right apartment for you and your life style. Continue reading for our 5 tips to help you find the perfect roommate. 


1. Become Habituated: Before making the big decision, find out how your prospective roommate lives. Do they like staying in and watching TV? Perhaps they like spending most of their time out of the apartment. Getting as much information about the person beforehand helps to prevent issues down the road.

2. Notice the Details: Whether this is a friend you’ve known for a long time or someone you’re interviewing as a potential roommate, pay close attention to the details. These details can lead to potential red flags, which of course, you want to avoid. If you’re interviewing a potential roommate at their current residence, take a closer look. Does it look like the clean regularly or does it look like they tried stuffing clutter under the couch? 

3. Talk Finances: It can be an awkward discussion, but, it needs to happen. Come forward with your prospective roommate about each bill and each anticipated monthly expense. You need to get assurance from them that they will be able to contribute their portion of the bills each month. 

4. Friends: You like your friends, and you get along pretty well. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should be roommates. If you are considering living with a friend, evaluate them like you would any other potential roommate. Evaluate their current living situation, cleaning habits, as well as their finances. 

5. Put it in Writing: Protect yourself as well as your roommate by putting everything in writing, including both names on the lease. Putting terms and conditions in writing will help ease any potential tension or issues from arising in the future. When it is made clear what is expected of each roommate, it is easier to hold each other accountable.


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It is our hope that this helps in your roommate selecting process! Once you’ve found the perfect candidate contact Partridge Hill to schedule your tour of our apartments!

5 Fall Activities to Check Out

Partridge Hill - Thursday, September 07, 2017
children pumpkin picking in the fall

Fall is a wonderful time of year that has a lot to offer whether you’re a person who enjoys the indoors or you’d rather be outside taking in the crisp air and changing leaves. What’s better than fall and the activities? Fall in the capital district! There a lot of fun activities planned if you want to do more than the usual leaf peeping.


Outside Activities

Adirondack Balloon Festival: September 21st through September 24th is the 45th annual festival held in Glens Falls and Queensbury. There are hot air balloons of every shape, color, and size taking over the sky. You can watch from the ground as they launch or take a drive and see a sky full of hot air balloons. 


Goold Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Show: The 28th annual festival will be held October 8th and 9th from 9am to 5pm. The festival will happen rain or shine, check the weather before heading up and see if you should come prepared with a rain coat or if a light jacket will suffice. There will be live music including Hair of the Dog, tents with crafts, and a tent for wine tasting! 


Turkey Trot: The Troy Turkey Trot began in 1916 and has been growing in popularity ever since!  Wake up early Thanksgiving morning and participate or cheer from the sidelines. When the race concludes, you’ll be ready for your Thanksgiving meal!


Indoor Activities 

Apple and Wine Festival: This festival is happening  September 16th and 17th at the Altamont Fair Grounds! Since it’s at the Altamont Fair Grounds, some events may occur outdoors. But there’s so much to do inside as well! A haunted house for the kids, wine tasting, crafts, Pampered Chef cooking demonstrations and much more!


New York State Museum: There are many exhibitions coming up for the NYS museum including Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. These are in addition to their ongoing exhibitions such as Minerals of New York and Fire Engine Hall. Make learning fun! 


So get out there this fall with friends and family and enjoy some fun activities! If you’re searching for more activities, or if you’d like to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Partridge Hill today!

Donate Your Household Items to Help Your Community

Partridge Hill - Monday, August 28, 2017

Often times moving means new furniture or appliances; even cleaning out your closet of clothes that no longer fit or you simply won’t wear again. Chances are the furniture, clothing, and appliances still have plenty of life left in them. So, what do you do with all of your unwanted items? 


Donate Your Unwanted Items
Rather than tossing the items you plan to replace, consider donating them so that someone else can use and enjoy them. There are many ways you can donate locally and help the members of your community. A few places will even come to you and pick up your items!


Habitat for Humanity 

Habitat for Humanity will come to you and pick up your items for donation; they service Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. However, if you or someone you know is outside of those counties they will do their best so that you are able to donate your items. They accept furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures and many other home goods! 


Grace’s Closet
A nonprofit organization that began out of a woman’s home and has since expanded, Grace’s Closet works with local churches, schools, and agencies to help families in need of clothing, children’s toys, household items and many other necessities. 


Donating items not only lightens your load when moving, but, it can make a big difference for someone else. If your items have been gently used and are still in good condition, consider donating them when you’re ready to make a change!   


Are you ready to make Partridge Hill your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

Become Organized Before Moving

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
man holding a packed moving box

While living in your home, you may not realize exactly how much stuff you accumulate until it is time to move. Becoming organized and packing it all can be overwhelming, exhausting, even frustrating at times. Before attempting to pack up your belongings, get organized with our tips!


Sort Your Belongings into Categories
In order to make your move as easy as possible, you will need to get organized. If this isn’t your forte, recruit a friend or two who are masters of organization. Start with one area, or room, once you’ve gone through every item, move on to the next space.


- Essential:  These items are either practical, used daily, or they may hold sentimental value. Whatever the item may be, you won’t part with it no matter what. 
- Value: This doesn’t necessarily refer to monetary value, but, it may also refer to what value the item brings to your life. A book, for example, when was the last time you read it? Will you read it again? If you don’t see yourself reading it again, it’s time to donate the book so someone else can find enjoyment. 
- Useful vs. Useless: This category may be the most difficult, but, it needs to happen. Items that you haven’t used since the last time you moved, should get tossed or donated. Kids, for example, accumulate a lot of possessions – toys, clothing, etc. It may be difficult to part with some of their old things, but, you also need to ask yourself if the item is useful or if it holds a special place in your heart. Unless you’re having more kids, their highchair can be donated, whereas their first pair of baby shoes holds sentimental value. 


Now that you’ve made your piles and you know what’s coming with you, the entire process will run much smoother. It may seem difficult to part with certain items, but in the end lightening your load will be more than worth it.


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How to Be a Good Neighbor While Renting an Apartment with Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Thursday, July 27, 2017
neighbors enjoying a dinner party

Whether you’ve been renting an apartment for a while, or, you’re a new renter, there is a code of conduct that should be followed in order to be an ideal neighbor. Being a good neighbor is a universal language, everyone deserves respect and a peaceful place to live. We have gathered a list of dos and don’ts for your reference and guidance. 


Manners Matter
Since the dawn of time we’ve been told that manners matter and being polite goes a long way. 
Do: Say thank you when you receive help from the Maintenance Staff. Keep in mind that they are doing their job in order to make your living space efficient and to make you feel comfortable. If a neighbor lends a helping hands, or offers to help, thank them and return the favor. You never know, you may need them to pick up your mail while you’re out of town!
Don’t: This one is pretty simple. Don’t forget to be polite and courteous. 


Pay Attention
While living in your apartment, you should get to know your neighbors. You don’t have to be their best friend, but, you should at least know who lives around you.
Do: Pay attention to who is coming and going in your building. If you haven’t seen a neighbor in a while, knock on their door and see if they’re ok.
Don’t: Being aware of your surroundings doesn’t mean you need to be a detective. Put your telescope away unless you’re stargazing!


Noise
Your apartment is your home, and within reason, you should be able to live as you please. However, you do need to be mindful of those around you and your noise level.
Do: Keep your noise to a reasonable level. If you feel as though it may become unreasonable, give your neighbors a friendly heads up beforehand. Maybe you’re having friends over for a big game or a series finale; let your neighbors know the noise might get a little loud. Suggest to them that they may knock on your door, or call you, if they feel it’s disruptive. Better yet, extend an invitation to them!
Don’t: You shouldn’t play loud music late in the evening, and, don’t let your guests become out of control. Be mindful that you are not the only one in the building, some people have children or may work different hours than you and the noise may become disruptive.


Parking
If you don’t park your vehicle in a garage, or you’re having guest, be aware of how and where the vehicle is parked.
Do: Park where you are supposed to, this includes your guests as well. Keeping the vehicle between the lines is ideal as well.
Don’t: The don’ts are something we learn when we first begin driving, but, can sometimes be forgotten. Don’t take up two spots. Park your vehicle in a garage or parking spot, not on the lawn, or other unwarranted space. 


Now that you’ve read the Good Neighbor list, where do you fall? If you feel there are steps you can take to be an ideal neighbor, there’s no better time than the present! 


Are you ready to make Partridge Hill your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

10 Items You Aren’t Responsible for While Renting

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Partridge Hill Apartment Complex

A major perk for renters is having fewer responsibilities than that of homeowners. Be the envy of your home-owning friends with these major perks from Partridge Hill. 


1. Maintenance Repairs
While renting, we understand that things do happen, and replacements will need to be made. Renters won’t be responsible for repairs or replacement, unless there has been gross neglect. You are responsible, however, for notifying our Maintenance Staff of the repair request.  


2. Snow Removal
The great northeast is no stranger to snow storms and snow removal. Luckily for you, snow removal is left to us to handle! 


3. School Taxes
Homeowners are required to pay school taxes whether they have children or not. Renters are lucky enough to avoid paying this tax.


4. Lawn Maintenance 
Spend the warmer months enjoying what you love doing as opposed to yard work. Spring clean-up, planting, and mowing are all part of our maintenance plan. 


5. Property Updates
Need a new roof or siding replaced? Not something you need to worry about taking care of while renting with Partridge Hill!


6. Replace Flooring
Having new flooring installed can be quite costly for homeowners, making it a wonderful perk for renters. Replacement of flooring, unless there has been gross neglect, is up to Partridge Hill’s maintenance agreement.


7. Pest Control
As winter comes to an end; pests begin to appear again in the lawn. They can be quite the nuisance, but, not one that renters need to handle. 


8. Pavement Upkeep 
Pavement upkeep is another costly expense homeowners may face. This is not the case for renters though! Pavement upkeep falls to the responsibility of Partridge Hill.


9. Garbage
While renting, you are responsible for ridding your apartment of garbage and waste, you are not responsible for the garbage being hauled away. 


10. Property Taxes
Yet another cost associated with homeownership are property taxes, and depending on the area, they can be quite costly. This is an expense incurred by homeowners, and not renters, making it a valuable perk for renters. 


Are you ready to make Partridge Hill your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!


How to be a Good Tenant That Every Apartment Complex Will Love

Partridge Hill - Thursday, June 29, 2017
father helping daughter do her hair

When it comes to being a tenant, you, of course, want to be the ideal renter, the one that doesn’t raise any eyebrows or cause any issues. In order to maintain the ‘ideal renter’ status, there are rules to follow and tips to keep in mind.

Rental History

While filling out a rental application, complexes may ask you for your rental history and references. While calling your previous complex managers, or references, they will try to gain as much information about you as possible. Did you maintain your property? Were you ever late in paying the rent? These questions and more are all taken into consideration while your application is looked over. 

Read Your Lease

During the signing process, you will be given your lease to look over and sign. Once it is signed you are stating that you have read, and understand the lease. Prior to signing your acknowledgment, read the lease line by line. If you have any questions, or something is unclear, you are encouraged to ask questions.

Be Respectful

In addition to maintaining your apartment, alerting the management team if there is an issue that needs addressing in a timely fashion makes for a respectful tenant. This is something that can potentially come up with your rental history. Late rental payments, noise complaints, and property damages also have the potential of raising a red flag.

 

Honesty

We’ve heard for most of our lives that ‘honesty is the best policy’ which is true for renters as well. Being upfront and forthcoming during the application process will put everyone in the ideal situation. Falsifying documentation will only hurt you in the long-run.

Cleanliness

While renting, it is your responsibility to maintain the living space. Leaving behind food remnants and splatters can create an issue for the building, apartment, and neighbors. Ensuring your hall is clear of debris and using the proper trash receptacles also helps to make you a clean and respectful tenant.

Following these tips will help to make you the ideal tenant. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, contact us to schedule your tour!


Tips for Successful Apartment Hunting

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, June 07, 2017
men moving a couch into an apartment

Searching for the right apartment can be both exciting and exhausting. As with any search, you will have questions and concerns that need to be addressed. You want to find the best place for you to call home, but, without breaking your budget and in a neighborhood that has what you’re looking for.  

Check the Neighborhood
A top priority when looking for a new place to call home is where to relocate. To determine the best location, examine your priorities. Do you prefer to be close to your workplace? Perhaps a little bit of a commute doesn’t bother you and is preferred. Do you prefer parking your car in a parking lot as opposed to street parking? Perhaps you’d like to be within a short distance to grocery stores or shopping centers.

Inspect the Apartment

When viewing potential apartments, you are encouraged to remove your rose-colored glasses and take out your magnifying glass. Walkthroughs can be exciting and overwhelming with much to take in. This is the time to take everything in and make note of anything that stands out. Is everything in good condition? Signs of proper upkeep can be found by looking at the floors, ceilings, closets, even cupboards. 

Does it Meet Your Budget

Now that you’ve found the apartment you want to call home, before you sign your lease and start planning your big move, make sure it doesn’t exceed your budget. Ask about any possible expenses outside of the rent cost. Are utilities, hot water, or gas included in the rent or are they up to the renter? Expenses can quickly add up each month, knowing you’re in an apartment that won’t break the bank is sure to help relieve stress.

Understand the Lease

We live in a fast-paced world, but, when given paperwork or contracts, it is imperative to slow down and read each line carefully. Leases contain important rules that tenants are expected to abide by. When the rent is due and if there is a grace period, also when you are to give renewal notice are both items that are included in many leases. If something is unclear, make sure to ask prior to signing.

Be Prepared

There are sure to be expenses to come up prior to moving in to your new home. Many apartments require a deposit in addition to first and last month’s rent when signing a lease. Even the process of moving could potentially end up costing you. While budgeting your expenses, take into consideration the potential cost of renting a moving truck or hiring movers.

With these tips in mind, we hope to make your next move a bit smoother. At Partridge Hill Apartments, we want our residents to feel comfort in their choice of living in our apartments. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact us today!

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