Five Moving Tips That Make Life Easier

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

couple in new apartment with unpacked boxes

Are you moving for the first, second, or even third time? Below are five moving tips that will make your life a little bit easier during your next move.

  1. Plan Ahead of Time – This is the first, and most important tip. Try to come up with a game plan before the 11th hour. Create a to-do list so you can focus on the tasks at hand. Also remember to pack a bag of essentials to use for your first night. Nothing is worse than having to dig through each box trying to find your pajamas, toothbrush and toilet paper.
  2. Plan to Have Someone Watch Your Kids – Moving can be challenging, but juggling the difficulties of being a parent at the same time can make things harder than they need to be.
  3. Organize How You Box Things – Label each and every box, tote or container you pack so moving into your new apartment goes smoothly. As you carry items into your apartment, knowing which room to put them in avoids having to move each box multiple times, saving you time in the long run.
  4. Measure Stairways and Doorways – Every person has been in this situation at least once, they move into a new place and can’t figure out how to get their furniture through a narrow passage. Taking measurements ahead of time will ease the stress on moving day.
  5. Get Rid of What You Don’t Need – Are there things you don’t use any more? Why not donate them to a local charity or send them to the appropriate recycling or disposal facility. Extra clutter can make your new space feel smaller, so eliminating items you don’t want or need will be beneficial. Plus, there will be less to move!

There you have it, five VERY easy tips that can make life a lot easier when “the big day” arrives. You’ll be sure to have a more streamlined and stress-free moving experience.

The Benefits of Renters Insurance

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 05, 2016

You have probably heard people talk about the importance of homeowners insurance. It is strongly suggested because without it you may end up having to replace things out of your own pocket, rather than with help from your insurance company. For those that live in an apartment, renters insurance is available to protect your rental property. At Partridge Hill, renters insurance is required. Below are some of the benefits:

  • You Can Save Money on Replacing Your Favorite Things – What do a television, bed, video game system, and furniture all have in common? They all cost (a lot of) money. With renters insurance these items and others are covered if they’re destroyed in a catastrophic event.
  • It Provides You with Legal Protection – If an individual slips and falls in an apartment or house that you rent, you might be held legally accountable. A rental insurance policy can act as a shield if an accident happens, and potentially save you the cost of having to hire an attorney.
  • Discounts are Available – If you already have car insurance or another form of liability coverage from a major policy, you can potentially get a discount on a policy that you’re currently purchasing. You’ll be able to have more peace of mind at a discounted price!

Learn More About Specific Renters Insurance Policies 

Every renters insurance policy is different and we recommend that you read over each one carefully to figure out which one fits your needs best.

The Wonderful Amenities at Partridge Hill

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Partridge Hill Apartments

Partridge Hill Apartments is proud to offer several convenient amenities to its tenants. As a tenant, you’ll have access to all of these amenities, as they are completely included in your rental payment.

Let’s take a look at the fantastic amenities we have to offer!

  • Laundry Center: Each building at Partridge Hill is equipped with its own laundry center for your use. This especially comes in handy in the winter – you don’t even have to leave your building to get the chore done!
  • On-Site Maintenance: Our on-site maintenance staff is available 24/7 to handle any issues that may arise. You can always count on us at any time, day or night!
  • Private Garages: We offer the option of a private garage with your unit if you’d like! Available upon request.
  • Oversized Closets: Between huge bedroom closets (select units offer walk-in closets), coat closets, and other storage closets within each unit, our apartments provide more than enough room to store your belongings.
  • Security Intercom Entrance: Have peace of mind knowing that your entrance is secured by intercom, making it easier to keep unwanted visitors out.
  • Private Balconies/Patios: Relax with your morning coffee, or enjoy a starry night out on your very own private balcony or patio!
  • Large Outdoor Swimming Pool: During the summer season, our huge, beautiful pool is always kept clean and ready to use during pool hours!
  • Fitness Center: Our state-of-the-art fitness center is available for your use at any time. Don’t worry about driving to the gym anymore. At Partridge Hill, the gym has come to you!

Contact us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful apartments and property, and to learn more about all that Partridge Hill has to offer!

3 Adorable DIY Holiday Decorations for Your Apartment

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Decorating for the holidays is one of the perks of having your own Partridge Hill apartment. However, sometimes store-bought decorations can be a little costly, and you may not have the time to spend hours crafting your own at home. Filling your home with beautiful décor should not be something that takes a lot of time or money.

Here are three simple holiday decorations that you can make yourself in no time at all and with no impact on your wallet!

DIY Snow Globe

Miniature model deer and DIY snow globe

Who doesn’t love snow globes? They make adorable decorations and are fun to shake up. Did you know you can make one at home in a jar? These are super-cute, and the best part is that you can choose whatever you’d like to put inside. All you need is a quick trip to the dollar store or your local drugstore, and you’ll be ready to go! Learn all about how to do it here!

Wine Bottle Decorations

Wine Bottle decorations spelling JOY

Grab a few empty wine bottles, some paint, and faux branches, flowers, or whatever else you prefer, and you’ve got a super-easy and unique decoration that you’ll love to show off each year. You can also substitute the letters for stencils and spray paint them on instead of sticking them on for an even easier project. And, they look so nice that your guests may not even believe you made them yourself! Click here to find out how to do it.

Tea Light Snowman Ornament

DIY Tea Light Snowman Ornament

If you’ve got a little more time on your hands for a more in-depth (but still easy!) project, then try making these snowman ornaments! They are made from tea lights, which have great battery life, and will look absolutely adorable on your tree or hanging in your window from some removable hooks. Here are the instructions on how to do it yourself!

Try out these DIY projects to add a unique touch to your current holiday décor. Happy decorating!

How Do I Choose the Right Furniture for My Apartment?

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Guy moving couch

If you've been trying to find the perfect furniture for your apartment at Partridge Hill, and have found yourself in a rut, we’ve got some helpful advice from our many years of being in the apartment rental business!

The Focal Point in the Living Room: The Sofa

When you buy a sofa, look for a durable one that will last, but one that perfectly fits your comfort. Be sure that the sofa cushions are supported with long-lasting springs. Hand-tied, eight-way springs are the best choice, according to some furniture experts. Serpentine springs are also recommended, but in the end, you should feel the springs and their support placed close together firmly.

Personal Space & Relaxation: A Recliner

Take a spin in that gorgeous recliner before you purchase it and bring it into your home. A lot of shoppers do not test theirs completely, and are later disappointed when they find it doesn't do its job. Obtaining a replacement can be expensive; therefore, test it and test it again. Don’t buy the very first one, rather, make a short list of those you’re thinking about and sleep on the decision. Having comfortable furniture is key to a happy home, so think it through.

Color Coordinate

There’s nothing worse than guessing at a color. When shopping for new furniture, be sure to bring samples of your wall color, window treatments and carpets. Without color matching, the piece you want to buy may not look right when you get it back to your apartment. You can bring along a paint swatch or even some photos of your living space on your phone, and use that in the furniture store for reference.

Budget Ahead of Time

Figure out your budget prior to shopping for furniture. If you spend a little more on one or two items, you may find your remaining budget can’t get you something that is made of quality materials and/or has comfort in mind. Furniture spans a wide range of price points, and if you stay within budget, you’ll be maximizing your investment — not replacing them in six months.

Check the Warranty!

When buying furniture, look over the warranty and ask questions. There’s no perfect way of knowing if a piece of furniture is going to withstand normal wear and tear. It would be a terrible waste to spend money on furniture, only to have something happen to it — and then realize the warranty will not cover it. Avoid this frustrating disaster by reading your warranty and knowing what damages are covered.

Furnishing your home should not take a toll on your patience and well-being – it should be fun! With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to enjoying a more hassle-and-stress-free furniture shopping experience.

Using the Outdoors to Help Decorate for Upcoming Holidays

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Fall wreath on apartment door

Holiday Decorating with Natural Elements

Before Halloween even gets here, some big box stores (like Lowes) already have the Christmas and Holiday decorations out. While everyone else is out trying to stock up on holiday décor at the big box stores, know that you can avoid the long check-out lines and use the elements of nature to help you decorate your Partridge Hill apartment for the various holidays throughout the year.

Halloween Decorating

You can’t walk into a Hannaford or Price Chopper without seeing the stacks of pumpkins. We all know that pumpkins are the most common natural decorating item for any home. You can carve out a frightening face or dress them with branches and colorful leaves found outside for that subtle, seasonal look.

Think Ahead: Thanksgiving

Long before the turkey goes in the oven, you should collect the first fallen colorful leaves and press them flat inside a book to dry. Try sticking some wax paper in the book to avoid ruining the pages. After they’re dry, put a color-matched thread through the leaves and hang several strands of nature around a mirror or entrance way.

Holiday Seasonal Decorating

With so many natural ideas, it’s hard to pick just one. But if you are looking for something fun to do with your family, making a homemade wreath isn’t too difficult. There are tons of how-to videos online, but the ingredients are simple: evergreens, cranberries, and pine cones. Sure, you can buy a plastic wreath to keep from having a small mess of dried needles, but using real branches and trees adds more than just visual ambiance — it adds the welcoming smells of the season.

Resolutions! New Year’s Eve/Day

Poinsettias aren’t just for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most times, they are still available near New Year’s Eve/Day and not only add seasonal joy to your apartment, but they also make the perfect, inexpensive gift for friends and family.

Every holiday deserves a bit of natural beauty, and so do you! No matter the time of year, there are so many ways you can decorate with natural elements — try out those above and add a little personal magic to each throughout the seasons. 

5 Genius Tips for Keeping Your Fridge Clean & Organized

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

clean and organized refrigerator

When it comes to keeping your home clean, the fridge is one place that tends to be overlooked. The truth is, your refrigerator is very likely to get dirty and disorganized easily as it is used multiple times on a daily basis. However, don’t fret – there are plenty of measures you can take to ensure your fridge says in tip-top condition.

Here are five tips for keeping the refrigerator in your Partridge Hill apartment clean and organized!

  1. Use baskets. Baskets/bins are a great way to organize your fridge and freezer into categories. You can easily find small, inexpensive baskets at your local dollar store! You can even designate an “Eat Me First” basket for items that are coming close to their expiration.
  2. Keep shelves clean by lining them. Use fridge mats or plastic wrap to cover the shelves in your fridge. This way, if there’s a spill, you can just wipe down the mat or toss out the plastic wrap.
  3. Use labels. Grab some stick-on labels and use them to label those baskets we talked about before and/or to label your door shelves. You can even label food so you know when it was opened. Never wonder if you should throw out that half-eaten container of guacamole again!
  4. Know what doesn’t need to be chilled. You might be taking up room in your fridge without even realizing. Be sure to know which items (such as tomatoes and onions) do not have to be refrigerated.
  5. Do a cleanup every two weeks. Instead of waiting until your fridge is an unbearable mess, clean it out every two weeks. Don’t just throw out old food – pull the fridge away from the wall and sweep and clean the coils; wipe down jars, bottles, and containers; and even use your vacuum to clean up dust and crumbs. This way, you’ll avoid having to do an intense cleaning every month.

If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll find that your fridge is just one less thing you have to worry about in your busy life!

At Partridge Hill, your beautiful kitchen comes complete with a spacious refrigerator and other appliances. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our property and apartments!

Get Your Strength Training in for Free at the Fitness Center at Partridge Hill Apartments!

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Free weights at the Partridge Hill Fitness Center

Strength training has become an important tool for many people. Not only does it make you stronger, but it is also a great preventative measure for possible health issues. Strength training refers to a wide variety of exercise that enhances or maintains an individual’s muscular fitness.

At Partridge Hill Apartments, we provide a complete, state-of-the-art fitness center for our tenants’ use. Check out some of the benefits of using our facility for strength training:

  • Weight control
  • Increased stamina
  • Development of muscle and bone strength
  • Maintenance of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health

The best part about having a fitness center located on our property is that you don’t have to travel far or drive to get there. This is especially convenient during inclement weather of Upstate, NY winters!

Contact us today to schedule a tour of our property, including our beautiful, state-of-the-art fitness center!

Moving Soon? Get the Definitive Moving Checklist from Partridge Hill Apartments

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

checked off boxes on checklist

Feeling stressed about moving? Anxiety over the moving process can quickly zap the excitement out of relocating to a new home. As moving day looms closer, it is easy to be plagued by a growing catalog of worries and tasks. While there is no strategy to making a move as pleasurable as a trip to Maui, careful planning and organization can greatly reduce the stress of an impending move and actually make it bearable.

Not sure how to start? Here’s a handy checklist to help you get moving!

Six Weeks Before

  • Sort through belongings (closets, garage, kitchen, etc.) and decide what to keep and what to toss. Consider donating items in good condition to charity.
  • Obtain packing supplies such as bubble wrap, tape, boxes, and paper (for cushioning). Liquor marts and grocery stores can be great sources for free boxes.
  • Research moving companies and/or truck rentals.
  • Start a file for moving expenses. Some might be tax deductible.

Four Weeks Before

  • Choose and confirm movers. If you’re going with professional movers, make sure you receive written confirmation of the details agreed upon. And, if you’ve decided to do all the work yourself, go ahead and reserve the rental truck best suited for your needs.
  • Start packing items that aren’t used on a daily basis. It’s best to begin with breakables as they require more care and concentration. Don’t forget to label each box on all sides!
  • Submit change of address form to post office. Also notify utility companies, banks, doctors, employer, magazines, etc. of your new address.
  • Request time off from employer for moving day.
  • If you’re moving out of town, forward school records and medical records. And have prescriptions transferred to a new pharmacy.

Two Weeks Before

  • Arrange to have utilities disconnected at current address and connected at new address.
  • Contact moving/truck rental company and again confirm arrangements.
  • Try to use up food in the pantry and freezer. The less of that you have to pack, the better.
  • Keep packing! Your fragile items should already be boxed and stored in a safe spot. And now you should be about halfway done with your unbreakable belongings.

One Week Before

  • Start cleaning your current place. It should be easier now, with most of your possessions in boxes. If you’re pressed for time, consider hiring a cleaning service to take care of it.
  • Finish up general packing.
  • Pack suitcases with enough clothes and toiletries for the next few days.
  • Make sure packed boxes are organized and labeled.
  • Box up especially important documents and put with other belongings that are traveling in vehicle with you.
  • Keep your eyes on the prize! Remember how amazing your new home is and that you’ll be living there in no time!

A Few Days Before

  • Defrost freezer at least 24 hours before you move out.
  • Label keys that are to be given to the next occupant.
  • If using professional movers, remember to have cash on hand to tip them.
  • Purchase bottled water and healthy snacks for moving day.
  • Most of the work is done! Try to relax and get plenty of rest!

One Day Before

  • If handling the move yourself, you might consider picking up the truck rental and packing it now. Even if you don’t have time to pack it, getting the truck pick-up out of the way can save a bunch of precious time on moving day.

Moving Day!

  • When movers arrive, articulate any special instructions and verify the details on your estimate. Before movers leave, make sure you are given a copy of the inventory list.
  • If you are the mover, have a strategy on how to pack the truck before loading it. And remember to position heavier items toward the front.

You did it! Congrats! Welcome home to Partridge Hill!

Furniture Bargains on a Budget: How to Not Break the Bank

Partridge Hill - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Apartment living room furniture

Whether you’re moving into your first new apartment here at Partridge Hill, or wanting to update what you already have, the need for furniture seems to be a continuous endeavor. The trick is that you want your home to look nicely furnished, but you don’t want to drain your bank account in the process. Believe it or not, you can find plenty of furniture bargains without sacrificing quality or taste. You just need some guidance on where to look.

Here are some suggestions for finding furniture on a budget:

Free Furniture

Yes, free furniture can be found, if you have the time and patience to search. Check the Internet. There are always people giving away furniture via online posts. This kind of quest can be a hit or miss, depending on what you’re looking for and how picky you are. But sometimes you can score a great table or nightstand that might need just a fresh coat of paint. Of course, you can expect to take care of the transport yourself, which is certainly a small price to pay for a free item. Ask around. Maybe your co-worker or neighbor has just bought a new couch and needs to re-home the old one. You can also use social media to put the word out that you’re looking for furnishings.

Flea Markets & Vintage Stores for the Win!

These places are a great source for discounted furniture. With so much mass-manufactured furniture made of particle board and plastic nowadays, it’s refreshing to walk into a shop filled with solid wood pieces constructed with good craftsmanship. A mahogany dresser from the 1960s might have a few nicks in the varnish, but it will last forever, and those marks are easy to take care of. Vintage pieces look great as they are, or you can modernize them with a simple refinishing job. Don’t be afraid to haggle a bit for a better deal.

Mine Thrift Stores for Furniture Treasures

Thousands of people donate furniture each day to thrift stores so there is constant inventory. If you’re lucky, you could score a practically new desk or sofa the first time around. Or it might take a few visits to find just what you’re looking for. The incredible prices though are surely worth your persistence.

Check Out Estate Sales & Yard Sales

You’ll have to set your alarm clock early to get dibs on the best pieces, but it can really pay off. It’s best to make a list of the most promising sales in the same vicinity and then hit as many as possible. Make sure you bring cash and a vehicle that will fit all your treasures. And, again, you can really benefit from haggling a little.

Discount Websites Can Be a Goldmine

There are plenty of discount retailers online that have warehouses of overstocked furniture they need to get rid of. What’s great about these sites is that you can spend hours scanning through furniture deals in the comfort of your own home. The downside is that you have to pay for shipping, but occasionally can score free or cheap shipping, even on large items.

Damaged or Display Items at Stores

Most furniture stores have a clearance room where they house items that are varying degrees of imperfect. It’s definitely worth perusing this selection as you could snag a couch that needs something as simple as a $10 leg to look as good as new, or a dresser that has a scratch that will be hidden anyway when it’s placed against a wall.

Following these shopping tips will provide a great amount of savings. But most importantly, have fun as you venture off to find these great furniture bargains!

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