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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! 

How to Have An Apartment That Cleans Itself

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, March 05, 2019


For many of us, the weekends are our time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. The weekend is also when we run errands and clean our homes. If all the cleaning is left for Saturday or Sunday it can be time consuming, taking away from time we could be using for other, more fun things.

One way of cutting down on weekend cleaning is to create a cleaning schedule. Cleaning a little bit each day frees up time on the weekend and will have your apartment looking cleaner overall. Depending on how organized/clean you are in general, this schedule may have to be tweaked for your own preferences.

Monday

Vacuum floors
Mop floors

Tuesday

Clean bathrooms

Wednesday

Dust surfaces
Clean glass doors and windows

Thursday

Clean kitchen appliances
Clear out fridge of old food
Vacuum

Friday

Tidy up bedrooms

Saturday

Wash sheets
Wash towels

There are also a few rules you should keep in mind to make the schedule work best!

Don’t be Too Rigorous

Keep each task to under 15 minutes. You don’t have to get every surface spotless as you’ll be cleaning it again next week. As long as it’s cleaner than before you’re good!

Keep Cleaning Supplies in One Place

If your cleaning supplies are all in one place it won’t take long to gather them together. Better yet, keep them in a caddy that you can easily bring from one room to another. A good cleaning kit should have some rags or paper towels, a glass cleaner, a multi surface cleaner and wood polish. Keep supplies that are only used in one room (like toilet bowl cleaner or stainless-steel cleaner) in that room; i.e. toilet cleaner is kept in the bathroom.

Be Strategic

Vacuum and mop the floors all in one day so you’re not hauling the vacuum out multiple times a week. The same goes for cleaning bathrooms and dusting. It’s easiest to dust the whole apartment at once than breaking it up into multiple days.

At Partridge Hill we offer dishwashers, large closets and additional storage to keep your home clean and tidy. Paired with a great cleaning schedule you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life at Partridge Hill! Schedule your tour today.

Five Simple Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 19, 2019


After a long, busy day, you should come home to a bedroom that is relaxing and encourages you to slow down for the night. A well-designed room will feel inviting and make you want to spend time in it. Some simple and well-thought decorations and upgrades will make your bedroom the relaxation space you deserve.

Reupholster A Chair or Stool

You know “the chair” you have in the corner of your bedroom? The one that gets so covered in clothing that you can’t see it anymore? Make it a statement piece by reupholstering it with a fun print! This may also encourage you to start using your spacious closet more as well. 

Paint A Piece of Furniture

An old, worn out dresser or end table can make a bedroom feel stuffy. Breathe new life into your bedroom by painting a piece of furniture. Maybe you make the piece match the rest of your bedroom furniture or you paint it a bold color to make it stand out. The choice is yours!

Purchase Bedside Lamps

The overhead light in your bedroom does not encourage relaxation. Purchase some bedside lamps that provide enough light to read but won’t keep you awake. They also have the added bonus of creating visual interest in the room.

Hang Some Art

Blank walls can seem daunting and often lead us to just ignore them. Spend some time searching in antique and thrift shops for a piece of art you love. Once you hang it in your bedroom the space will feel brand new!

The More Pillows the Better

Nothing is more inviting than a cozy bed. To make you bed as cozy as possible, add several throw pillows in complimentary shapes and patterns. You can save some money by using the pillow insert from an old pillow and just buying new cases.


We love seeing how residents make their space their own and hope you find some inspiration in our tips!


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


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