How to Start an Herb Garden

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, February 07, 2019


If you’re up to a challenge and enjoy saving money on your grocery bill, consider creating an indoor herb garden! In addition to being functional and environmentally friendly, herb gardens also add a pop of color to any kitchen. They can be as easy or complicated to build as you’d like and will provide fresh herbs for years to come! We’ve got some tips for you on how to get started.

Decide How Many and What Herbs You Want to Grow

Are you looking to grow only 3 or 4 herbs or are you hoping to fill an entire wall with them? Also think about what herbs you want to grow depending on what you plan to use them for. This will determine where you start your garden and what you put the herbs in. 

Choose the Best Spot

Once you know how many herbs you want to grow you can pick a spot! A window or large wall are usually the best two options, however there are some things to consider. Low temperatures are not good for plants, so if it gets too cold at night a window sill may not be the best spot. If you choose to use a wall, make sure it still receives enough sunlight. 

Decide on the Best Containers

Some herbs do best in small pots while others need larger ones. It’s also important to pick containers or pots that allow water to drain out the bottom. If there’s no way for the water to drain you could risk over watering your plants and killing them.

Set Up Your Garden

Once you know what herbs you want to plant and where you’re going to make your indoor garden, it’s time to get started! Use a couple of tension rods to hang baskets off of in front of the window. You can also buy a bar cart to fill with your herbs, watering can, extra soil and scissors for when your herbs are ready to be used! 

The possibilities with an herb garden are truly endless, and the result is something beautiful and useful. Need a bigger space before you can start growing your own? Our 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments have plenty of space (and light!) that will make growing herbs simple and fun. Schedule your tour today!

Where to Change Your Address When You Move

Stonegate Apartments - Monday, January 21, 2019


There’s a lot to think about when you move! From packing and scheduling moving trucks to managing utilities and Internet, the list may seem endless. One thing that is important to do whenever you move to a new home is to change your address. 

This step alone can feel like it has its own endless list, as there are many places you may have to update with you new address. We’ve listed them all down below, so you don’t forget one!

1. The Post Office

The most obvious one and the first one you should complete! Any mail that gets delivered to your old address will be automatically forwarded to your new one for 12 months.

2. Gas and Electric

 This should be done the moment you know your new address and the day you’re moving. Other wise you risk being without heat and electricity!

3. Phone, Cable and Internet

These days, it can be hard to imagine living without Internet, even for a few hours! Don’t let it be days by forgetting to inform your cable and Internet provider that you’re moving. You’ll also need to alert your cell phone provider so they know where to send your bill.

4. Tax Agencies

Log on to the IRS website as well as your state’s government website to notify them of your new address. 

5. Home or Renters’ Insurance

Your home or renters’ insurance agency will need to know where to transfer your policy to. Get this taken care of early so you know you’re covered in case anything happens!

6. Your Bank, Loan Provider and Credit Card Company

Unfortunately, your credit card bills and loans will always find you. Give your bank, loan provider and credit card company a call to notify them of the change.

7. Subscription Services

It’d be a shame to have an exciting package be sent to your old address! Log on to your online account and change your address so you know you’ll get your next shipment.

Did we miss anything? Let us know! Thinking of moving soon? Contact us today and we’ll help you find your dream home at Stonegate. 

5 Money Mistakes Millennial's Make When Renting Their First Apartment

Stonegate Apartments - Monday, January 07, 2019


Moving into your first apartment is an exciting time! It’s a major step into adulthood that requires, planning, time, and budgeting. Failure to create a budget can result in some major money mistakes that will cause problems down the line. If you’re a millennial looking to rent for the first time, keep reading to learn what not to do.

1. Don’t Make Your Apartment Look Like a Pinterest Board

Pinterest is great for getting ideas and inspiration for your new space, however homes found on Pinterest are often expensive. They’re full of high-end furniture and finishes that will quickly add to your credit card bill. Pick a few style ideas to draw inspiration from and then head to good will, garage sales and shop sales to make your dreams a reality.

2. Don’t Forget Renter’s Insurance

Many apartment complexes require renter’s insurance, however some still don’t. Either way, it is a smart investment to make. Searching for and purchasing insurance takes no longer than an hour and can save you thousands of dollars should something happen. 

3. Realize You Can’t Have It All

Your first apartment will not be your forever home, so realize that it’s okay (and necessary) to give up a few things on your wish list. Hardwood floors, a walk in closet, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry and garage parking may be hard to come by. Pick 2 or 3 must haves and look at anything else as a bonus.

4. Don’t Buy All New Furniture

Once you find your apartment, ask around to see who has furniture you may be able to use. Chances are your parents, aunts, uncles or older siblings have pieces they’re itching to get rid of. If it’s not your style you can always paint, re-stain or add new handles to freshen it up.


5. Don’t Eat Out All the Time

Now that you have an apartment, it’s time to learn how to cook. It can be easy to slip into the routine of buying take out or going to restaurants for every meal, but that can quickly add up! There are plenty of recipes online that affordable and only take a half hour to make. Save eating out as a treat to enjoy a few times a month. 

Still searching for the perfect apartment to call home? Contact us today!

3 Areas in Your Kitchen to Clean in the Winter

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

For many of us, when it comes to cleaning we think of “spring cleaning”, but winter is a great time to get a head start and do some serious deep cleaning of many rooms in your home – especially the kitchen. The next time you find yourself wondering what to do on a blistery cold winter day, head to the kitchen and pick an area to clean! 

3 Areas to Clean in Your Kitchen During the Winter

  1. Cabinets: The weather outside is frightful, but the dinner simmering on your stove is so delightful. Until you realize how much greasy debris is building up on your cabinets. Cleaning the cabinets is not something many of us think about when it comes to cleaning the kitchen, we typically think of the countertops and kitchen sink, oftentimes neglecting the cabinets. Give them a thorough cleaning this winter, especially after making a hearty meal, and you’ll thank yourself later.
  2. Freezer: Winter is the perfect time to empty out your freezer because you can store items on your private balcony to keep it cold while you’re cleaning and organizing. While you’re emptying out your freezer, it also creates the opportune time for you to take stock of any summer-inspired flavors you may have prepped and then froze for a future meal. The time is now, go ahead and make that meal and free up some freezer space. 
  3. Oven: Arguably one of the hardest working appliances in your home is the oven, it’s also the one that tends to go without a deep cleaning – especially the inside. If this is the case for your oven, the first time you clean it this season may take quite a bit of time but it will be worth it! Start with the inside as splatters from holiday pies and roasts are more likely to occur in that area. Once that’s cleaned you can move on to the stovetop. Much like the walls, you should create a habit of cleaning the stovetop after your meals, especially if you made a nice marinara sauce that perhaps bubbled a little too much. 

For more tips and tricks, like how to become more energy efficient as well as the benefits of renting from Stonegate, contact us today! We’d love to give you a tour of our community and help you find your new home. We love being able to provide our residents with a comfortable community with luxury apartments in the Capital Region! 


5 Essential Holiday Hosting Tips

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, December 05, 2018


The holiday season is underway and there are still plenty of opportunities to host your friends and family for holiday-themed dinners, cocktail parties, and gatherings. Whether this is your first time hosting, or you’ve done this a few times, it’s always nice to be prepared. We’ve gathered 5 tips to help you plan a successful evening. 

The 5 Best Holiday Hosting Tips

  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 and silverware. Whether it’s something you inherited from your great grandparents or a nice set you bought for special occasions, 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. Having a crockpot of hot cocoa warming for guests to enjoy is a nice touch as well. 
  3. 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! 
  4. Centerpiece or Tablescape: We’re not saying 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”! 
  5. The Menu: Above all else, plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list and head to the store with enough time before the festivities. 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! 

Contact Stonegate

Our luxury apartment community is conveniently located in the Town of North Greenbush and offers many desirable amenities. Our apartments feature large walk in closets, an underground reserved parking garage, key fob/intercom building entry, washer and dryer in every unit, and so much more. Contact us today to schedule your tour!

5 Easy Ways to Stay Productive This Season

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, November 21, 2018


When fall arrives, not only do the leaves begin to fall, but many of us are compelled to turn a new leaf and make some changes in our lives. It’s important to make changes that are feasible and ones that you can maintain throughout the year, unlike that pesky New Year’s resolution. When we intentionally make changes about how we’re spending our time and expending our energy can make a major difference in our day-to-day mood. That being said, wouldn’t you want to make a positive change to stay more productive? 

The 5 Best Ways to Stay Productive 

1. Refine Your To-Do List: For many of us, a to-do list that is too long can feel overwhelming and daunting. Refine your to-do list to your liking; perhaps it’s completing 6 tasks on Tuesday and 4 on Saturday so you can enjoy time with friends and family. Even writing out the list so you can physically check items off as you go can be a big mood booster! 

2. Find a Creative Outlet: It’s easy for us to get into a routine where we feel comfortable, we don’t deviate from that routine where we only do the things required of that day. Creativity helps us to live a better life where we are more present in each moment. When we’re actually living in the moment, we can see things from a different perspective. Make an effort to prioritize some time where you’re being creative; whether it’s cooking something new, a DIY Project, or creating your own yoga space, try experimenting with different outlets.

3. Let Go: For many of us, a disorganized home can fuel our stress. It can consume your focus. You may grow tired or frustrated looking for something you swore you had, and then when your frustration reaches a boiling point you end up heading to the store to purchase another version of the very item you were searching for in your home. Rather than waiting for spring to roll around to get yourself into gear and your home better organized, begin today! 

4. Don’t Procrastinate: The enemy of productivity is procrastination and for many it is caused by a task or activity that we really dread. To help alleviate this issue, organize your daily task list in an order that not only works for you but also gets the dreaded task(s) out of the way first. Leaving them for the end will likely create excuses as to why they simply can’t be completed. You’re only hurting yourself in the end because the dreaded task won’t complete itself. 

5. Take Care of Your Work Space: This is especially important if you have an at-home office space dedicated to your daily work life or it’s used for your side hustle. Whether the papers on your desk need to be organized, recycled, or filed away you should keep your space free of clutter so your mind can stay focused on your work. Eliminate the stacks of papers and incorporate plant life on your desk instead.


It’s important to take care of ourselves on a consistent basis in addition to the spaces we inhabit. By doing so it creates a positive chain of reaction and helps us to stay productive throughout the month and hopefully throughout the year. 


If you find yourself in a situation where your apartment isn’t as conducive to the productive lifestyle you desire, you should take a tour of our community. With a state-of-the-art fitness center, a sparkling seasonal swimming pool, and floorplans ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms, you will enjoy everything we have to offer! To learn more about the Stonegate community and to schedule a tour, contact us today!

4 Tips for a Perfect Thanksgiving

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Hosting Thanksgiving, whether it’s your first time or it’s the day you’re “known for”, can be a strenuous undertaking. With the majority of the day focused on food, some details can become lost in the shuffle or forgotten completely. There’s the combination of overnight accommodations for guests, especially if they’re coming the day before and staying with you, on top of the already jam-packed day of preparing food and being a good host.  

4 Essential Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving


Prepare Your Kitchen: Before putting together your list of grocery items, make sure your kitchen is in order.  If you’re hosting, this is arguably one of the busiest days your kitchen will see throughout the year, so it’s important you give it special attention and care. Organize your pantry, clean the fridge – make sure there’s enough room for all of the food and dishes!

If you’re taking a step out of your comfort zone by making a dish you’ve never made before, this is the time to ensure you have all the tools that you need! There’s nothing worse than starting a dish and realizing you’re missing something and then getting stuck. 


Make Your Lists: With your kitchen prepped, it’s time to create your menu, keeping in mind if any guests are bringing a dish or if anyone has a food allergy. It’s likely that your list of items to buy is as long as your arm, having a check list will help keep you on track. Your check list will ensure nothing is forgotten, duplicates aren’t purchased or worse yet – purchasing an item that will go unused. 

With your shopping list set, create your schedule for the big day – including cooking times! You will also want to touch base with the guests who are bringing dishes. Doing this before they’re on their way will help to cover your bases and that nothing has been forgotten during the shuffle. 


Work on Your Dining Room: Coming in second place to the kitchen, this room is most likely to see a considerable amount of action. Your dining room is more than a table, chairs, and curtains. Take into consideration the table linens, place settings, and tablescape. 

If you’ll be using the good china and silver, take them out ahead of time as they will need special attention and prep work of their own. Take inventory of your chairs, do you have enough or will you need more? Will a table for the kids be in order or will they be sitting with the adults? Finally, take into consideration your tablescape and decorations. Consider picking up real mini pumpkins and gourds, they’ll add a nice touch to your décor and you can toss them out at the end of the season rather than storing more seasonal items.


Prepare Your Guest Room: At this point in your preparations you should know if you’re expecting any overnight guests and if so, how many. Change the bed linens, vacuum, clean the windows and curtains. If you think your guests may require something special, ask them ahead of time so you’re prepared to make their stay as comfortable as possible. 


We hope you found these tips helpful and they make a positive impact on your Thanksgiving. We’d love to see pictures of your holiday, be sure to share them with us on Facebook (@liveatstonegate)! 


Perhaps you’ve successfully hosted Thanksgiving and you have a fool-proof process in place already but you’re searching for a new place to call home that offers enough space for these festivities, contact Stonegate today to schedule a tour!

4 Ways to Incorporate Fall Foliage in Your Home

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, October 19, 2018

Creating custom décor for your home doesn’t have to be a hard, time consuming, or costly. In fact, you can incorporate fall foliage found around the Capital Region including our community on six wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland. 

4 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Fall Foliage

Leaf Pressings: Floating frames, or picture frames that you can see through, create a perfect opportunity to press leaves. All too often, people use heavy books to press leaves or flowers, and then they’re forgotten about. Picking your favorite leaf, or leaves, and pairing them with properly sized floating frames gives you the chance to create an easy piece of art that is also tasteful and easy to switch out with the seasons. 


Fall Palette Arrangements: There are a lot of bushes with gorgeous colored leaves during the autumn months. Shades of reds and oranges pair with pale-colored hydrangea flowers you can find either from your local florist or super market flower department. Once you have your arrangement, all you’ll need is a vase and natural lighting from our oversized windows or private balcony


Acorn Garland: This DIY project might take more than a few minutes and a bit of effort, but the outcome is truly unique and a conversation starter.  To create this fall themed garland you will need to gather a large number of acorns (or purchase them at your local craft store!) and a suede cord or thicker twine. Once you have enough to satisfy your decorating needs, you can paint the acorn or leave it in its natural state, and then attach it to your cord using super glue or hot glue. To create a dangling effect, glue the acorn to the cord by its cupule (or cap). 


Garden Container Arrangement: Keeping in mind the same idea as the fall palette arrangement, a garden container arrangement can spruce up your balcony or patio in a matter of moments. Whether you prefer a container that is ornate, country chic, or something simple it can easily be dressed up with fall foliage to create something beautiful for your space. 


If you’re looking for more tips on decorating for the seasons, just let us know during your tour. We’ll be happy to give you tips, ideas, and suggest our favorite place to pick up décor. 

Moving Yourself vs. Hiring Movers

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, October 05, 2018

Among the many decisions to make when it comes time to move you will have to decide whether or not you should hire a moving company, or handle everything on your own. With everything that’s going on, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed. To relieve some of this stress and help you decide which option is best for you, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons. 

Pros and Cons of Moving Companies


Pros

Efficiency: We all think we’re the best at packing, but when it comes to efficiency, the professionals are truly the best. They’ll also arrive on time with the appropriate equipment and supplies to make the move a breeze – especially for you. 

Protection: Assuming you hire a legitimate moving company, you’ll find comfort in knowing that your items will be protected. Tight corners, stairs, and bumpy roads typically aren’t an issue for movers. This also means less of a chance of damaging the place you’re moving out of as well as your new home. 


Cons

Expense: Unless you’ve already budgeted for the cost, it could be a price that you aren’t prepared for. Depending on the movers you hire, the cost might be too much. 

Flexibility: If you need to change the time or date of your move, the moving company might not be able to accommodate your new schedule. If this happens, you either need to rearrange your schedule or find a new moving company.

Pros and Cons of Moving Yourself


Pros

Control: If you like having total control of a situation, then it’s typically ideal to do the move yourself. You’re in charge of the vehicle(s) used to transport your belongings and you’re handling everything yourself. It also gives you flexibility in your schedule, if you need to move the time by an hour – or four – it isn’t a big deal if you’re doing it on your own.

Money: This is particularly important if your budget is tight or if you’re trying to cut costs. The costs of hiring a moving can quickly add up. So if you’re trying to save money as much as possible, you may want to pick up a few totes or sturdy cardboard boxes and do the heavy lifting. 


Cons

Planning:  If you’re trying to coordinate an entire move on your own it will take a lot of planning, and more often than not, a lot of helping hands. There are a lot of logistics involved; from packing the truck(s) is a concise manner that makes sense, to properly loading and unloading your belongings. 

Heavy Lifting: Arguably the worst part about moving is all of the heavy lifting, especially if your friends and family suddenly become busy and can’t help you move. 




Whether you decide to hire a moving company or do the heavy lifting yourself is completely up to you. One thing we know for sure is that you will love calling Stonegate your home! To schedule your tour and see everything our community has to offer, contact us today.

How to Become Energy Efficient in 5 Ways

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When trying to cut out unnecessary expenses many of us don’t take into consideration the items around our homes that may actually cause an increase in our energy bill each month. Take these 5 tips into consideration and then put them to work so you can begin reducing some of your electric bill. 

5 Energy Saving Tips


1. Make Use of Power Strips – When you have several items to be plugged into one area – say, with your TV or at your desk – plug them all into a power strip. Not only will a power strip give you more outlets to use, but it also makes it much easier to switch your electronics off with the push of one button when you’re leaving your house for the day.
2. Consider Your Product Choice – Shop around for lightbulbs and appliances. More often than not, you’ll be able to find some with the ENERGY STAR label on it. These products oftentimes are much more energy efficient and have lower standby power. Better yet, they even tend to last longer than comparable non-ENERGY STAR products. Lighting, for example, is a great place to start. Replacing your current lightbulbs with an energy efficient option is a great way to save!
3. Unplug Your Electronics – When you’re not using an electronic, simply unplug it. Of course, you won’t want to do this with things like your refrigerator or your digital alarm clock, but if you are done charging your laptop, your phone, or even if you’re done with the microwave, unplug it! It might not seem like it will make much of a difference, but you’ll be watching your electricity bill go down little by little.
4. Clear Your Vents – Ensuring that furniture is not blocking a vent or register allows the air in your apartment to flow freely. 
5. Window Curtains and Blinds – Not only do they add eye appeal to your home, but, they can also help with your energy needs. During the winter months, take advantage of the warmth from the sun and open the drapes for a few hours. As the temperatures begin to rise during the summer season, they can help keep out the heat so your apartment stays cool.


Start incorporating these energy savings tips in your home today! If you’re looking for a new place to call home, take a tour of Stonegate. We’re centrally located in the Town of North Greenbush and offer an atmosphere of convenient living for all of our renters.  
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