5 Ways to Welcome New Neighbors

Stonegate Apartments - Monday, April 15, 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 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 Stonegate? Have them schedule a tour today!

Seven Spring Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know About Now

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, April 02, 2019


The season for cleaning is upon us once again! While your list of items and places to deep clean may seem endless, it’s an important thing to do (hopefully) every year. We’ve put together a list of seven hacks to make the process a little less painful, get your apartment sparkling clean, and remind you of a few things that you forgot may need cleaning.

    1. Set A Timer

Set a timer for 10, 20, or 30 minutes and see if you can beat the clock while still doing a thorough job. Turning cleaning into a game can make it seem more fun, or at least not like the most awful thing in the world. This is a great way to get kids to participate in the cleaning as well.

2. Steam-Clean the Microwave

If you can’t even recall the last time you cleaned your microwave, chances are high that it’s a mess inside. To remove caked on food and stains, steam the inside of the microwave before you start scrubbing. The steam will loosen everything up, requiring less elbow grease from you.

Fill a microwave-safe container with 1 to 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Heat the mixture in the microwave for five minutes and you’ll have a clean microwave in no time.

3. Sort Through the Medicine Cabinet

This isn’t a hack necessarily, but it is an area of the home that often gets forgotten about. Go through your medicine cabinet, cosmetics and toiletries and toss out anything that is expired. Everything from Advil to makeup has an expiration date, you just have to know where to look for it. Check out this list to learn when to get rid of things.

4. Clean Your Dishwasher

You can’t clean dishes in a dirty dishwasher! Place a cup of vinegar on the top shelf and run the hottest cycle your dishwasher has. Once the cycle is complete, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the bottom and run a short cycle using hot water.

5. Put A Lazy Susan in the Fridge

After you’ve cleaned the shelves and thrown out any expired food in the fridge, add a lazy Susan to one or two shelves before putting everything back inside. A lazy Susan will make condiments and frequently used items more accessible. It will also prevent food from being pushed to the back of the fridge and your mind. Say goodbye to spoiled food!

6. Wax Your Stove top

One of the worst things to clean is the stove top, as it’s a frequent offender of cooked on food. After giving your stove top a good cleaning, apply a thin layer of car wax, and then buff it off with a microfiber cloth. Future spills and cooked on food will be much easier to clean up!

7. Clean Your Shower head

If you have a detachable shower head, put it on the top rack of the dishwasher to give it a deep cleaning. If that’s not an option, fill a sandwich bag with vinegar before securing it around the shower head with a rubber band or hair tie. Let the shower head soak overnight.

Armed with these tips and tricks, you’re sure to have the cleanest apartment at Stonegate!

How to Have An Apartment That Cleans Itself

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, March 21, 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 Stonegate 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 Stonegate! Schedule your tour today.

Apartment Gym Etiquette

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, March 07, 2019


One of the many perks of living at Stonegate is that there’s a fitness center right in our community! Having a gym on site means you can workout whenever is best for you, whether that’s before work, on your lunch break or after dinner! Just like any gym, you should always keep good gym etiquette in mind so you don’t make the wrong impression or upset other residents. 

Here are some etiquette tips to make sure you get the most of your workout and the fitness center!

Wear the Right Clothing

You should always wear sneakers when working out, not sandals, boots or flats. You should also wear moisture wicking clothing that will keep you comfortable while you’re at the gym.

Limit Your Time on Machines

If the gym is particularly busy, keep your time on cardio equipment to 30 minutes. In addition, don’t place a towel on a machine to save it while you use another. You never know who is wanting to use the same machine or piece of equipment as you.

Rerack Your Weights

Along the same line, make sure you rerack your weights. If you leave weights on the floor someone may not know that you’re done with them. It also keeps the gym looking neat and ensures that no one will trip over dumbbells. 

Keep the Noise Down

Whether it’s loud conversations or unnecessary grunting, chances are that other residents don’t want to hear it. Keep your conversations short and the noises to a minimum. It’s also considered rude by many people to play your music out loud. Make sure you bring a pair of headphones so you can listen to your music without bothering others.

Wishing you had a gym in your apartment complex? Schedule a tour with us today and move into a community that supports your healthy lifestyle!

3 Ways to Get More Bathroom Storage

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, February 21, 2019


It seems that no matter how big our bathrooms are, we always need more storage! Between hair products, styling tools, cleaning supplies and makeup, there’s a lot that we store in our bathroom. If you’re looking for ways to create more space and organize your items, keep reading for our favorite tips!

Install A Tension Rod

Tension rods aren’t just for the shower! Install a short tension rod under the sink cabinet to make space for hanging cleaning products. This clears up space to place baskets under the rod for more storage! You can also use S hooks to hang storage baskets from the rod. 

Make Use of Cabinet Doors

There’s a lot of unused real estate on the back of cabinet doors. If you’re constantly wondering where to keep styling tools or small items like nail clippers combs, head to your local dollar store and pick up a few plastic baskets. Use adhesive hooks to attach the baskets to the doors and instantly create more space. No more wondering where to keep your blow dryer!

Add Shelves Above the Toilet

You can either hang a few shelves or purchase a shelving unit made specifically for this purpose. Whichever method you choose, the shelves will provide the perfect space for extra toilet paper, towels, lotion and perfumes! Bonus: the shelves will make a great statement piece and bring visual interest in to your bathroom.

Is your bathroom too small for even a few DIY enhancements? Contact us today to schedule a tour at Hawthorne Gardens and find your new home!

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! 

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