10 Items Stonegate Takes Care of for Our Renters

Stonegate Apartments - Monday, August 06, 2018
There are numerous perks and benefits of being a renter at Stonegate, including peace of mind knowing you don’t have to worry about aspects of home life like a homeowner does. Become the envy of your home-owning friends with these major perks from Stonegate. 

1. School Taxes: Homeowners are required to pay school taxes whether they have children or not. Renters, even those with children, are lucky enough to avoid paying this tax.
2. Property Taxes: Yet another cost associated with home-ownership 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.
3. 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.
4. Property Updates: A new roof, window replacement, and exterior updates are all something homeowners face. Stonegate residents don’t have to worry about these updates!
5. 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.
6. 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 Stonegate to replace.
7. Pavement Upkeep: Pavement upkeep is another costly expense homeowners are faced with. This is not the case for renters though! Pavement upkeep falls to the responsibility of Stonegate!
8. 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.
9. Garbage: While renting, you are responsible for ridding your apartment of garbage and waste. Luckily, you are not responsible for the garbage being hauled away.
10. Snow Removal: The Capital Region is no stranger to snow storms and snow removal. Luckily for you, snow removal is left to us to handle!

Are you ready to make Stonegate your new home? Schedule your tour of our gorgeous community today! 

The Benefits of Renting from Stonegate

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, July 19, 2018

There are many apartment communities that don’t give the residents the feeling of “home”; this is not the case for Stonegate. While living in community, our residents enjoy the abundant amenities available to them – all of which make life much easier and more comfortable. Life at Stonegate is perfect for starter homes and empty nesters alike! 

Life at Stonegate

Stonegate offers floor plans ranging from one, two, and three bedroom layouts which include key fob/intercom entrances. Each of our apartments is equipped with its own washer and dryer allowing residents the freedom to do their laundry at their leisure. This is certainly better than spending the day at the laundromat! Residents that are hosting events such as family get-togethers or gatherings for work have the luxury of using our Community Center at Stonegate which has its own business/media area. This creates an atmosphere and setting that many people desire. 

Residents have exclusive use of state-of-the-art equipment in the Fitness Room which saves them time, as well as money, since they will no longer need a monthly gym membership. With convenient hours, there’s no need to feel rushed to come home right away and get a good workout in. 

We also pride ourselves with the ability to provide our residents with a friendly management team as well as an experienced maintenance crew. Stonegate’s maintenance staff is available 24/7 and strives to make your experience with our community as enjoyable as possible. 

To learn more about Stonegate, and to schedule a tour, contact us today. When you’re part of our community, you’ll love where you live! 

3 Uses You Didn’t Think of for Magnetic Racks

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, July 06, 2018

Have you ever visited someone’s home and they used a magnetic rack to hang the knives in their kitchen? Not only do they clear up counter space, but they also make organization a breeze. Here are 3 ways to use them throughout your home that might not have thought of before!

3 Ways to Use Magnetic Racks

1. Keys: Many of us are guilty of this, but, we seem to frequently misplace our keys. Mounting a magnetic rack near your door can help you hang your keys quickly so they don’t become misplaced! You can even hang them vertically or horizontally depending on the spot you choose. Seeing it by your door will serve as a quick reminder to put your keys where they belong right away.

2. Appliances and their Attachments: We all love our kitchen appliances, but sometimes they have a lot of pieces and attachments. Food processors or mixers, for example, have a number of pieces that can take up a lot of space. Installing a magnetic strip beneath a kitchen cabinet will allow you the freedom to use the appliances you love without compromising counter space or dealing with cluttered cabinets.

3. Picture Holder: A trend that is happening right now is unique ways to display your pictures rather than just using picture frames. Anything from antique windows or shutters to magnetic racks with fun magnets can be used to display your favorite photos.
These are only a few of the fun ways for you to use magnetic racks in your home! Pick one up this weekend and start organizing your home and hanging photos in fun ways. We’d love to see how you’re using them in your home, share your photos and stories with us on Facebook (@liveatstonegate)! 

If you’ve mastered the skills of organization and decorating but feel as though you need more space, Stonegate is the place for you! With our vast amenities and spacious floorplans, you will love what you see when you take a tour. Contact us to schedule your tour!

Are Your Sheets Hurting You While You Sleep?

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, June 15, 2018

At the end of a long, busy day the last thing we think about is what the cotton sheets and pillowcases on our bed can do to our hair and skin. Many cotton blends we adorn our beds with are equipped with moisture-wicking technology which sounds great, but, sometimes it removes too much moisture that our hair and skin actually benefit from. 

How Cotton Sheets Might Be Hurting You

While it feels nice against our skin, especially as we head off to dreamland, cotton is not the best material for your sleeping routine. Cotton and cotton blend materials are created to wick moisture away from your body, which makes them ideal for gym apparel or an afternoon spent in the sun. But, when it wicks moisture from your body for a prolonged period of time, such as sleeping, it can cause your hair to become coarse or brittle. Cotton bedding can also be the cause of premature fine lines or even acne. 

If you have experienced any of these issues, it could be worth it to switch your pillowcases and bedsheets with a material, such as satin, that still feels nice against the skin but does not do as much damage. Take some time to go through your linen closet and decide what sets can stay and which should be replaced.  

Contact Stonegate Apartments

One of the nice things about living at Stongate is the fact that our apartments are equipped with spacious closets so there’s plenty of room for your new sheets and towel sets. Our closets won’t leave you feeling as though your possessions are overcrowded or that you don’t have enough space! To take a tour of our apartments, and to become a resident,  contact us today to schedule a tour!

3 Tips for Spending Less Money

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, June 01, 2018

Many of us are guilty of impulse buys, whether it’s wandering aimlessly around our favorite store, or grabbing an afternoon cup of coffee. These impulse buys and treats quickly add up and could become an issue. Take our 3 tips into consideration so you can begin saving money! 

3 Tips for Spending Less Money 

1. Unsubscribe: It’s hard to cut ties, but, when it comes to emails from retailers, sometimes it’s better to unsubscribe. The purpose of their emails is to get you to make impulse purchases. Once in a while, of course, is fine but it can be beneficial to either unsubscribe or to change your settings so you aren’t receiving these emails as frequently. 
2. Log Out: It sounds like a no-brainer, but, log out of accounts from your phone or other devices. If you aren’t logged in, it becomes more difficult to make impulse purchases, especially when you’re scrolling aimlessly on lunch breaks at work! 
3. Create Zero Spending Days: Instead of buying lunch every day at work, try bringing lunch with you most days and only buy food once each week. If you need a little reminder, set a schedule in your phone and create alerts to keep you on track. Even with morning coffees, treat yourself once or twice a week to buying coffee and then bring your own from home the rest of the week.

Contact Stonegate Apartments

Another way to save more each month is to live in an apartment that includes so many creature comforts! At Stonegate, our residents get to enjoy our state-of-the-art fitness center which allows them the opportunity to cancel their monthly gym membership and to begin saving that money. Our residents also enjoy a turbo internet and basic cable package which helps them to save even more every month. To become a resident, contact us to schedule a tour!

5 Effortless Ways to Entertain This Season

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

When you’re entertaining your guests you want it to feel effortless while still being fun, especially during the warmer months. From an edible tablescape to unique ice that will have them talking, we’ve compiled 5 ways to entertain your guests with ease!

5 Way to Effortlessly Entertain

1. Ice that’s unique: Guests always want ice for their beverage, especially during the warmer months. Rather than offering plain ice, do something a little special. Adding a raspberry or blueberry to the water before freezing adds a nice touch. You can also eliminate the water entirely and create ice cubes out of iced tea or lemonade (depending on what you’re serving) this way you avoid diluting the drink.
2. Fresh flowers: The day before your get together, or if you have time that morning, pick up a bouquet or two of fresh flowers. Fresh flowers create an added touch that looks and smells wonderful that your guests will love and appreciate.
3. Bring something to share: You know they’ll end up asking you what they can bring to share, so get ahead of the questions and ask them to bring a favorite dessert or side dish to share. If you plan to take this route, encourage them to also bring the recipe so if someone loves it as much as them, they can have their own copy!
4. Edible tablescape: Rather than taking up room on your table with a centerpiece that serves no function other than simply looking nice, create a tablescape that is edible. Crudité platters, tea cakes, or visually appealing hors d’oeuvres will create the same desired effect as a traditional center piece.   
5. Playlist: Create a playlist ahead of time for your gathering so you aren’t left to find songs during the event. You could even take it one step further and ask your guests to give you the name of their favorite artist or their favorite song; this way you can create a custom playlist that makes everyone feel included. 

While all of these are important, the most important part of your get together is your home! Do you have enough space? Are the grounds outside your building well-maintained? If you answered “no”, then it’s time to find a new place to call your home. Contact Stonegate today to schedule your tour! Our apartments are spacious and the kitchens have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, which makes hosting so much easier! 

Declutter Your Home in 4 Easy Ways This Season

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, May 04, 2018
Spring cleaning is a task many of us dread each year, but, it’s something that must be done. Even after you’ve finished your spring cleaning, it’s possible that your home still feels cluttered. Continue reading for 4 tips to declutter your home this season!

Becoming Decluttered In 4 Ways

1. Winter Décor: We’ve passed the time frame when it’s still okay to have winter décor around the home, unless it serves a purpose, put it away.  Our residents have the luxury to enjoy oversized closets which they can use to store their seasonal décor! 
2. Cut Back on the Blankets: Each year we tend to accumulate more and more blankets, maybe they were on sale, given as a gift, or it as a print you couldn’t say “no” to. Whichever the reason, consider how much they will be used during the warmer months and put a few away or find a few that haven’t been used recently and donate them
3. Collections: Whether you’re an avid book collector, records, DVDs, magnets or any other collectable, it can take up space and make your home look cluttered. DVDs or books, for example, aren’t used all the time. Consider storing some that you don’t use on a regular basis. 
4. Catch-All: Dressers, desks, and countertops tend to act as catch-alls for homes and the clutter can become quite unsightly. Sort through all the papers and decide what needs to stay and what can be tossed. If it doesn’t serve a purpose and isn’t essential, recycle it.  

If you’ve done all of this and find that your home still feels cluttered, consider renting a spacious apartment from Stonegate! We offer one, two, and three bedroom apartments with amazing closet space that will make you feel comfortable while you’re our resident. If you desire more storage space or an enclosed space for your car, we also have heated garages with elevator service available!  

10 Ways to Become more Organized

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, April 20, 2018

Having a home that is cluttered and unorganized is a terrible habit that needs to be broken. Some find it easiest to become more organized when they’re doing their spring cleaning since they are already going through their belongings and tossing out unwanted items. But, the organization shouldn’t stop once the spring cleaning is over with; keep up with it using these 10 tips!

10 Ways to Become Better Organized

1. Storage Boxes: Even something so small can have a major impact on your space. Storage boxes, bins, or baskets serve multiple purposes. They create an appealing look for your home while also putting things out of sight. 
2. Furnishings with Doors: If at all possible, decorate your home with door-fronted furniture. Television stands, armoires, cabinets, and so many more pieces of furniture can act as a storage container without creating an eyesore. 
3. Bed Risers: One issue that many renters may face is running out of storage and trying to find a way to create more storage. One way to do so is utilizing bed risers, especially in a child’s room or a guest room. This gives the ability to store items under the bed while still allowing them to be accessible. 
4. Key Hooks: Are you (or someone else in your home) always misplacing your keys? Try a key hook for the entryway! There are many options available now from sleek and modern to options that boast a lot of personality – either way, it will do its job and keep your keys where they belong!
5. Cord Organizers: Whether the cords are under the desk in your office, bunched up with your entertainment center, or next to an end table, they can be quite unsightly! Cord organizers act as cover for your cords, while keeping them organized and out of eyesight. It also helps keep little fingers away too! 
6. Table Skirt: If your end table has a shelf underneath that you use for storage (or even the floor beneath it), topping it with a table skirt brings a cute addition to the room while still keeping the table functional. 
7. Hamper with a Lid: If you keep your clothes hamper out in the open, using one with a lid not only covers all of your dirty clothes but also helps keep your space looking neat and organized.
8. Multi-Tasking Furniture: Furniture that serves multiple purposes is a must for those who require a lot of storage but desire pieces that serve another function. Pieces such as storage ottomans or storage beds are the perfect way to incorporate multiple functions.  
9. Mail or Coupon Box: Many of us are in the habit of tossing mail on the counter with the idea of going through it later, or even the coupons we get while grocery shopping. Rather than leaving it out, purchase a decorative box that can hide it for you until you have time to sort it out.
10. Space Saver Bags: Vacuum-sealed bags give you the opportunity to store more items than usual under your bed or in a closet. This can be beneficial for seasonal items like heavy, bulky, sweaters that typically take up a lot of space. 

These are just 10 of the organization tips we have for you and we hope you find them helpful in your home. Maybe you’ve mastered the necessary organization skills to keep your home neat and tidy and you simply need more space. Stonegate Apartments is the place for you! We offer a variety of floor plans best suited for you and your needs. From one bedroom to three bedrooms, you’ll be happy to call us home. Schedule a tour  today!

How to Keep Your WiFi Secure In Your New Apartment

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, April 06, 2018

Renting an apartment, whether it’s your first or not, comes with a lot of responsibilities! After setting up your utilities and getting moved in, it's time to take care of a security task - protecting your home WiFi network. 

Why Do I Need to Worry About Secure WiFi?

In short: because you don't want other people using your WiFi, for many reasons. One of the most obvious is that you don't want anyone else taking up your bandwidth and slowing down your internet speeds. However, there are major security risks, as well. 

With just a little work, anyone can get into an unsecured network. When someone is in your network, they can:

- Monitor your web activity. When this is happening, the unauthorized individual can not only read your emails and see which sites you visit, they can also steal any of your log-in and personal information that you input online.
- View all of your files on your computer
- Spread a virus on your computer. 
- Use your internet connection to perform illegal activity.
- Use your accounts to send spam to all of your contacts.

How Do I Keep The WiFi In My Apartment Safe?

There are two simple ways to make sure that your router is secure: 

Change Your Preset Name: Every router comes with a preset name, which includes the factory name of the router. The problem with this is that if any potential hackers want to get into your router, they will be able to easily identify vulnerabilities with your network, based on their knowledge of the router model. 

Change The Password: Routers also come with a factory password. Again, a hacker knows what router you're using, they can easily guess the password, as well. While you're at it, make sure your password is something unique and difficult to guess! Tip: Avoid pet names (or your own name!) and any combination that makes it easy to figure out. 

How Do I Change My WiFi’s Name And Password?

Changing your network name and password are fairly simple tasks. Once you identify the kind of router you have, simply look on the company's website for instructions on how to change your information.

That's it! Now, all you need is the perfect first apartment! 

Contact Stonegate Apartments

We are a luxury apartment community located in the Town of North Greenbush with 24/7 maintenance, heated, underground, parking with elevator service directly to your apartment! We are nestled on more than 9 acres of quiet land which gives you the peace and quiet you truly desire while still being conveniently located to creature comforts we all know and love. Schedule your tour today!

Should You Store Your Dirty Clothes in the Washing Machine?

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tossing clothes into the washing machine where they lay waiting for enough to accrue so that you will need to run the machine may seem like the best and easiest route to take. The clothes are going to end up in there anyway, so what’s the big deal? Our apartments are equipped with in-unit washers and dryers which can be tempting for some to use the washer as way to store dirty clothes. Ultimately, this may not be the best idea! 

Clothes sitting in the drum of a washing machine are more likely to have a decrease in light and airflow which can prevent the machine from fully drying. Once this happens, the moisture encourages the growth of germs, mildew, or even mold on your laundry. Washing machines are inherently warm and damp, which provides the ideal home for the bacteria to grow. While they aren’t necessarily harmful to the clothes, they are harmful to your machine. The spores in the machine are also able to travel through the air which could lead to health issues. 

Leave your washing machine open, or at least ajar, while empty gives the machine time to fully dry in between cycles. Additionally, to keep your machine at its best you should clean it once a month or so. Many laundry detergent manufacturers also make a cleaning solution for the machine.     

Using a hamper or laundry basket will help increase the longevity of your machine while also minimizing the potential growth and spread of bacteria or mold spores. 

Contact Stonegate Apartments

Perhaps your current living situation doesn’t have a washer or dryer in the unit ready for you to use whenever you’d like. If that’s the case, it’s time to reconsider and find a new place to call home! Contact Stonegate Apartments today to schedule a tour. Our luxury apartments are nestled in the Town of North Greenbush offers a high level of comfort our residents love!  

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