How Much Apartment Can You Afford?

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Calculating apartment rent

When you’re looking for an apartment, you want to find a rental price that won’t leave you living paycheck to paycheck. Calculating how much rent you can afford based on your salary is actually quite simple!

Usually, Property Managers require their tenants make at least 3x the amount of their yearly rent. The easiest way to find your max rent budget is to take your salary and divide it by 40. For a more accurate number, use your net salary as opposed to gross. The taxes that get taken out of your paycheck will not be around to help you pay your rent throughout the year!

Once you have this number, you should sit down and consider other expenses you will have every month, such as insurance, groceries, and utility bills. You don’t want to spend all of your money on rent, only to have nothing left over for your necessities!

Looking for an apartment? Contact us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful complex!

Color Schemes for 2016

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, June 07, 2016
The top colors of 2016 graphic

When it comes to decorating, the best part about Partridge Hill apartments is that the neutral-colored walls give you the perfect backdrop to use any color scheme you prefer! 2016 is bursting at the seams with trendy colors. Use the ideas below for décor inspiration!

  • Blues: From pale to navy, blue is the perfect color for a bedding set. Or try using blue throw pillows on a neutral sofa!
  • Grey: Although grey is a neutral, it works very well with other neutrals. Use a combo of grey and yellow for the perfect living room color scheme!
  • Green: Both minty and dark forest hues are at the top of the charts when it comes to the green family right now.
  • Coral: Coral is IN, especially for summer! It goes perfectly with shades of yellow and orange, too.

Try sprucing up your décor for summer with a few of these color ideas!

What to Look for in an Apartment: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Couple viewing an apartment

When you’re looking for an apartment, it’s important to be sure you are completely happy with the one you choose before you move in. You know to ask questions, but what about physically checking for certain things yourself? People sometimes fail to do this, and it can end up leaving them stuck.

During your apartment hunting adventure, you should avoid these 3 major mistakes at all costs:

  • Failing to thoroughly read your lease. You should know every detail of your lease so that there are no surprises later. We are happy to go over your lease with you and discuss any questions you may have.
  • Neglecting to take photos of existing flaws. If you notice any issues that are there before you move in, take photos to document them for future reference. This way, you can’t be blamed for someone else’s doing. We have an on-site maintenance team, so if there was any damage from a past tenant, it would have most likely already been taken care of!
  • Not checking if everything works properly. It might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people skip this. Test out the light switches, open the refrigerator, plug your phone charger into the outlets – make sure everything is in working order so that it can be addressed if it is not! Again, our maintenance team makes sure everything is running smoothly in all of our apartments.

Want to Rent at Partridge Hill? Applying is Easy!

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Rental application paperwork

Looking for a new apartment? Partridge Hill makes it simple to apply to live in the apartment of your dreams!

Before you do anything, check to be sure you have a clean rental history, and that your credit is in good standing. We will conduct a credit check before making a decision on your application.

First and foremost, you’ll need to head to our website and fill out a Rental Application. You can do this either by filling it out right online, or by printing the PDF version and returning it to our office. Be sure to include your $50 application fee – you can do this by mailing it to us or over the phone with your credit or debit card. Next, your security deposit is due in order to secure your apartment. Once we process and approve your application, we will tell you how to get your renters insurance, as well as come to an agreement on when you will move in!

Contact Partridge Hill today to schedule a tour of our gorgeous complex!

How to Throw a Dinner Party without Breaking the Bank

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Neighbors eating and talking at a dinner party

You’ve finally moved into your own apartment! You want to entertain, but we know hectic life can be. Between work, bills, and other obligations, it doesn’t always seem like there’s the time or the money to plan special get-togethers at your place. But what if it wasn’t as hard as you think?

The truth is, planning and executing a dinner party at your apartment can be surprisingly simple. Moreover, you can easily throw a dinner party that won’t leave your wallet barren, either. The trick is to make sure you have these three things:

  1. Ample Planning Time: First thing’s first. Start planning far in advance, at least a month before your intended event date. Doing so will give you enough time to figure out all of the details, and make necessary changes if any issues should arise.
  2. A Simple Menu: Keep the appetizers to a minimum – they can get expensive and might also leave your guests too full to eat dinner! Additionally, when it comes to the main meal, it doesn’t need to be elaborate. A simple, one-pan meal will do the trick, and you can find plenty of ideas on Pinterest!
  3. A Strict Budget: Keeping the entire event on a budget will help you avoid overspending, especially in the beverage area. To help out with this and save even more, you can choose to make the dinner party BYOB!

A dinner party at your apartment doesn’t have to be one of those fancy, elaborate ordeals we see on TV shows and in movies. In real life, we don’t all have the time or money to spend. However, with these three simple tips, you’ll be on your way to a budget-friendly dinner party in no time!

Storage in Your New Apartment

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Garages at the Partridge Hill Apartment Complex

Sometimes, when living in an apartment, it is hard to find enough space to store all of your belongings comfortably. One of the many benefits of living at Partridge Hill Apartments is that there are tons of storage options available to help keep your new place neat and organized. You won’t have to worry about finding places to put your belongings, because we’ve got you covered!

Here are some of the storage options available our apartments:

  • Oversized bedroom closets with ample space (1 bedroom apartments have walk-in closets in the master bedroom!).
  • Coat/storage closets by entrance.
  • Linen closets in bathrooms.
  • Ample cabinet space in kitchen.
  • Plenty of space to add your own storage pieces (shelves, armoires, china cabinets, etc.).
  • Private garages also available for extra storage space.

If you’re interested in renting at Partridge Hill, contact us today to schedule a tour!

On-Site Maintenance at Partridge Hill Apartments

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Maintenance work being done on a sink drain pipe

One of the many advantages of choosing to live at Partridge Hill is that we have an on-site maintenance team ready to help you when you’re in need. If there’s ever a problem, simply call us and we will send someone to your apartment to have the issue assessed and taken care of.

Our maintenance team is happy to perform any of the following tasks:

  • Maintenance and repairs needed after normal usage/wear.
  • Annual preventative inspections.
  • Maintenance-related equipment repairs.
  • Repair of clogged drains.
  • Repair of leaking faucets.
  • Repair/replacement of inoperative heating/AC systems.
  • Installation of light bulbs and other household items the tenant has purchased, if needed.

In addition to the above, our team will address emergency maintenance situations 24/7. An emergency maintenance situation involves anything that can cause harm to human life or the property. If a situation like this should arise, please call 518-283-0195 and you will be given the on-call number.

For regular maintenance requests, tenants can visit our Tenant Portal to fill out a maintenance request and they will be contacted regarding the matter.

The 3 Awesome Floor Plans at Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Partridge Hill Apartments strives to be the best for all of its current and future tenants. One way we do this is by giving you different floor plan options. This way, we ensure that there will be an apartment that is perfect for everyone! If you’re thinking about renting an apartment, read on to learn more about the three different floor plans we have to offer.

1 Bedroom Apartment

1 bedroom apartment floor plan

Our one-bedroom apartments are perfect for singles and couples alike! Features of this floor plan include:

  • Master bedroom with two closets, one is walk-in
  • Full Bathroom
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen with pantry, breakfast nook, dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator
  • HVAC in-unit
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Coat closet
  • Storage closet

2 Bedroom Apartment

2 bedroom apartment floor plan

Our two-bedroom option affords you a little more space than our one-bedrooms. It’s perfect for couples or singles who want a guest room or office space, roommate, or small families! In our two-bedroom apartments, you can enjoy:

  • Master bedroom with closet and personal bathroom attached
  • Two full bathrooms
  • Second bedroom with closet space
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen with dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator
  • HVAC in unit
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Linen closet in one bathroom
  • Coat/Storage closet

3 Bedroom Apartment

3 bedroom apartment floor plan

Our three-bedroom option is great for families or roommates! These apartments have plenty of space for all. Features include:

  • Master bedroom with closet and personal bathroom
  • Two full bathrooms
  • Second bedroom with closet
  • Third bedroom/den with closet
  • Kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove
  • HVAC in unit
  • Coat/Storage closet
  • Linen closet in one bathroom
  • Patio/Balcony

Contact us today to set up a tour of our spacious apartments and beautiful complex!

What Makes the Perfect Tenant?

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

couple looking at an apartment for rent

You know what you want in a landlord: intelligence, trustworthiness, kindness - the usual desired characteristics. But what about when it comes to being a tenant? Landlords and Property Managers have their own list of qualities that they would prefer in a tenant as well!

  1. Good Credit: This one is important. Your potential landlord wants to know that you will pay your rent consistently and on time. And a great way to be sure is to see if you do well paying your other bills in a timely manner.
  2. Knowledge: If a landlord is showing you the potential home, asking questions and taking notes shows that you have knowledge regarding the subject – either because you have experience or because you have done your research. Both say a lot of positive things about you!
  3. Professional Appearance: Most people make a judgement about someone first based on how he or she looks. Make sure to dress professionally – it doesn’t have to be a suit and tie, but look cleaned up and presentable.

Aside from these main points, remember to greet the landlord or property manager with a firm handshake and make eye contact when you are talking to him or her. By going over all of the parts of this list, you could be one step closer to renting a new place to live!

Apartment Inspection Checklist: 8 Things You Need to Look at Before Moving in!

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

check list graphic

When you’re about to move into an apartment, there are several important areas to check to make sure the potential living space is up to par. Use the list below as a checklist to do an inspection prior to moving in.

  1. Kitchen: In the kitchen, you’ll want to check all included appliances and make sure they are all in working order.
  2. Doors: Make sure all doors close and open properly and that there are no loose hinges. Check for any holes or marks in the door that could be an issue. Door knobs are an easy fix, but just make sure they work correctly and don’t need to be replaced.
  3. Bathrooms: Be sure to test the water pressure in the faucet and the shower, and make sure the toilet flushes properly.
  4. Safety: There are a few different things to cover here. Check to make sure there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and test them to make sure they work. Additionally, see if there are fire extinguishers or if you need to provide your own. Also, see what kind of security measures are taken. Are there bolts/chain locks for the door? Do the windows close and lock securely? Is there an on-site security system?
  5. AC/Heating System: First, find out if the living space has heat and/or AC installed. At the very least, there should be heat, as AC can always be added with a unit. Next, check the thermostat and make sure they work properly by showing an accurate reading of the room’s temperature and being able to blow hot/cold air.
  6. Light Switches/Electricity: Test all of the light switches to make sure they work properly. Next, move on to the outlets. Plug in something, such as your phone charger or an electricity tester, to make sure all outlets work correctly.
  7. Windows: Aside from being a security concern, faulty windows can also cause drafts and ventilation problems. Each room in the home should have at least one window that can open. Moreover, there should not be any broken or cracked windows, and all windows should be able to shut and lock.
  8. Walls and Floors: Check all of the walls and floors for potential issues.

Your Property Manager should take care of anything that needs to be fixed or otherwise attended to before you move in. Make sure to check the apartment out thoroughly in advance, and don’t be afraid to speak up if you see an issue that needs to be taken care of. It only makes sense for you to be 100% satisfied with the place you are going to live! And that is exactly how you will feel if you choose to move into an apartment at Partridge Hill!

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