3 Tips to Make Your Home Look Better in 10 Minutes or Less

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

While living in an apartment, it needs to feel as though it is truly your own space. One aspect many renters face is how to bring “life” into the apartment and turn it into a space that is all their own. We're here to help you make your home look better in 10 minutes or less!


Reduce The Clutter
Many of us are embarrassed to admit this, but, we have clutter. One way to breathe life into your apartment and help bring it towards feeling like your own is to cut down on the clutter, or remove it entirely. It may not be a lot – a magazine or two, fliers, takeout menus, school calendars, but, clearing it out can do a world of wonders! Everything should have a home; even if it's the recycling bin.

Less Can Be More
The space needs to become your own, but, you and your guests shouldn't feel overwhelmed by your design touches. Is your couch covered in pillows and blankets? Try taking a couple pieces away; put them in a linen closet and then switch them out with the seasons! Art and photographs are another wonderful way to bring life into your home, but, every square inch of your walls does not need something hanging from it.

Give Your Furniture Some Space
While arranging the furniture in our homes we're all tempted to put a coffee table directly in front of the couch and a recliner with an end table right next to one of the chair's arms. Give your furniture some space, move your coffee table a few more inches away from the couch and put the end table in a corner with a table top lamp for a little added décor. This will help your space feel less clustered and crowded.




We hope you found these tips helpful; apply them to your home today and see how much they can do for you. Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Stonegate Apartments today to schedule a tour!

9 Thanksgiving Traditions for Your Family to Start This Year

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, November 03, 2017

Each year it’s the same: wake up early, cook, travel, eat, nap, and then eat some more. This year try something different with your friends, family, and loved ones. Start a new tradition. They don’t have to be boring or tedious like some people may think; these ideas are fun and easy!


Hold a Raffle
Ask each guest to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food pantry; each item gives them an entry into the raffle. Have fun with the prizes, first choice at the turkey or dessert, rights to the wishbone, goofy sunglasses or toys from a dollar store – the sky’s the limits, use your imagination!  


Guess the Thanks
Each year people tend to go around the table and share what they are thankful for that year. Instead, have your guests write down on a piece of paper what they are thankful for and put it in a jar. When it’s time to eat, you will each read a submission and take turns guessing the anonymous submission. 


Recipe Swap
This will be easy and fun especially if you’re hosting as a potluck. If you are, ask your guests to bring the recipe for the dish they shared. If it isn’t a potluck, ask them to bring any of their favorite recipes. This will give your guests something to talk about aside from the weather and the game on T.V.


Those Who Cook Don’t Clean
If you cooked, kick your feet up after the feast is over; those who didn’t cook will do the cleaning! This can be viewed as more of a principal than a tradition, call it what you will, it is something that should be adopted in each household. 


Pre-Dessert Walk
Something so simple, we almost didn’t think of it. Rather than crashing on the couch and recliner, get everyone up and moving. Go for a walk in the park or down a peaceful road before having dessert. 


Bring a Game
Chances are, if your family plays a game – they play it every time they’re together. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same game, but, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new. Introduce your friends and family to a game they haven’t played before, you never know, it could become a new favorite.


Ditch the Football
Okay, maybe not entirely, but keep in mind not everyone wants to watch football for six hours. Instead, add in some classic TV sitcoms – especially any that have Thanksgiving episodes. 


Hand-Me-Down Exchange 
Holidays are a perfect time to clean out the closet, especially if there are kids in your home. Encourage your guests to bring any items they are no longer wearing, winter coats, boots, shirts, you name it! Chances are one of your friends or loved one could use the item, or knows someone who’s in need! 


Book Swap
Don’t think of this as a book club, simply a swap. Guests can bring a book (or two, or three) and pass them along to one another so that others can enjoy their favorites. This will help give your guests something to talk about and perhaps introduce them to an author they wouldn’t normally read. It will also help kids become comfortable if they aren’t as rowdy as some of the other young ones.


We hope you enjoyed these tradition tips and they bring you years of enjoyment. For more tips including where to donate unwanted items contact Stonegate Apartments!


Go Green with These 5 Tips from Stonegate Apartments

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Hands holding a planted tree and a globe

Reducing energy usage and chemicals helps to alleviate the footprint we leave behind on our environment. Going green isn’t as difficult as it seems. Follow these 5 tips from Stonegate Apartments to get started making the necessary changes around your home! 


Lighting: Incandescent light bulbs may seem like a better purchase since their sticker price is often cheaper compared to other options. However, they can actually cost you more in the long run. Whereas using light bulbs such as Light Emitting Diode (LED), Halogen Incandescent, or a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) will last longer and save you money on your electricity bill. Many manufacturers will include the average lifespan as well as the average cost for your electric bill. 

Turning lights off in a room while not in use is a simple concept, but, is lost on many. Many of us have a bad habit of leaving lights on when we leave a room. Turning lights off can save you money every month and your light bulbs will last longer. 


Temperature Control: There are a few ways to control and maintain a comfortable temperature in your apartment that won’t make your electricity bill skyrocket and will help you go green! Many home goods stores have a wide selection of insulated curtains which help to keep the temperature in your apartment regulated. So if there are extreme temperatures outside, keeping the curtains closed will help keep you cozy and will help ensure your heat (or air conditioning) isn’t running when it shouldn’t. 

Limiting the use of your oven, especially during summer months, will also help keep the temperature regulated and help in your green efforts. Using an oven for long periods of time builds up heat in the apartment, which makes your air conditioning run longer and work harder. 

Power Down: Using a surge protector for appliances or electronics which use a lot of energy allows you to turn them on and off quickly and efficiently. Appliances and electronics that are left plugged in, even if they aren’t on, actually draw energy. Having items plugged into a surge protector will also help protect them in the event of severe weather and power outages. One such item you should consider using this for is your laptop or desktop computer. 

Green Cleaning Products: Take time to consider the chemical cocktail in your cleaning products. These chemicals can potentially be dangerous to those within your home and the environment. While cleaning, the chemicals are released into the environment and they can be absorbed into your skin. Changing your products will lessen pollution in waterways, air, and minimizes our impact to the ozone layer. 

Recycle: The Stonegate community offers recycling with our amenities and we encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this! Adding a recycling bin in your home allows for you to separate the recycling from the garbage and dispose of each in their proper containers once you take them outside. Recycling isn’t as tedious as it sounds and we encourage all of our residents to partake so that we can help protect our environment. 


What steps are you taking to go green? Share your tips and tricks with us! Or, if you’re ready to make the Stonegate community your new home, contact us to schedule a tour!


6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe and Happy on Halloween

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Children trick or treating

Trick or treating is an event kids of all ages look forward to every year. As parents, and guardians, there are plenty of factors involved which are cause for concern. We’ve gathered a few tips to help keep kids safe as well as try to alleviate some stress you may face.  


1. Plan a Route in Advance: Trick-or-treating routes can often take you away from your home. Many times it means walking a great distance. This isn’t typically a big deal for adults, but for kids it means sore legs and frustration. Additionally, it is ideal to map out a route before leaving your home. Be sure to stick to areas and roads you are familiar with so that you can avoid getting lost.
2. Wear Comfortable Shoes: Kids as well as adults should wear comfortable, well-fitting footwear. Costumes that would typically require shoes or boots with heels should be substituted for something more comfortable for long walks. Footwear with laces, such as sneakers, should be double-knotted to avoid coming untied and tripping.  
3. Stay Visible: A tip you may have heard is to put your child in a bright colored costume, however, that isn’t always a possibility. You will need to make sure your child is easily visible to drivers. Carrying a flashlight will help keep your path lit as well as aiding drivers. Additionally, you can add reflective tape to the costume to help further aid drivers and make sure the kids can be seen. 
4. Check the Length of the Costume: Longer costumes which drag on the ground can pose as a danger for kids, especially in the evening hours. Whether you purchase or make your child’s costume, make sure it is a safe length. If anything seems to be too long, alter the costume prior to leaving your home for the evening. 
5. Props: Depending on the costume, it is possible that a prop can’t be avoided. If this is the case, the best course of action is to use rubber, plastic or foam props. These materials are safer for kids and are less likely to harm another person. 
6. Check Their Candy: Once you’re home for the night, it’s time to inspect the candy. Anything that isn’t in the original packaging, or if it’s homemade, needs to be thrown away. Wrappers that have rips, tears or holes also need to be tossed. It’s better to be safe than sorry. And if some good pieces make it into your stash, we won’t tell!


At Stonegate, we value the safety of all of our residents. We hope you found these tips helpful and they keep your family safe while trick-or-treating! Have a happy and safe Halloween! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

5 Window Treatment Tips That Won’t Damage Your Walls

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Apartment decorated in a purple color scheme

While renting your apartment, you want to make it feel like your home, but, you may not feel comfortable with a drill. We’ve gathered a list of 5 tips for window treatments that don’t require any tools and will help keep your privacy


1. Temporary Hooks: Temporary hooks can attach more than just pictures to your walls. They are also fantastic for hanging curtain rods. This method is ideal for those who want to add a touch of design or elegance with finials rather than a tension rod which is hidden by the curtain. What’s great about these temporary hooks is you can easily remove the hook by pulling the tab’s strip and it will release the hold. This makes moving and redecorating a breeze!

2. Tension Rods: If your windows are traditional paned windows with frames, tension rods can be held firmly between both sides. You are able to dress up your tension rods with sheer, or lightweight, curtains and a thin rod for a touch of delicate elegance. Tension rods can also be placed at the top of the window or even the middle. This all depends on the style you’re going for and how much privacy you desire.

3. Compression Shades: This option allows you to add shades to your windows that are the exact size you need. There are many hardware stores that you are able to order compression shades from and the shade will be custom fit to your window. From translucent to light-blocking shades, these pull-down shades will add an understated touch of class.

4. Faux Roman Shade: Do you have a sewing machine and are able to sew in a straight line? Do you love a DIY project? Then this is the curtain for you! By sewing a pocket at the top and bottom of the curtain and adding a tension rod to both ends you’ve created something truly unique to fit your home. 

5. Twist and Fit Rods: Twist and fit rods use the same thought as a tension rod, these rods fit securely across your window without having to drill any holes. They are designed to give the impression of a hook and separate rod, like a traditional curtain rod, when in fact it is all one piece!
 

Contact Stonegate Apartments 
For more tips to make customizations to your apartment, or to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Stonegate Apartments today!

5 Fall Activities to Keep You Busy

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Couple tossing fall leaves in the air

Fall is a wonderful time of year that has a lot to offer whether you’re a person who enjoys the indoors or you’d rather be outside taking in the crisp air and changing leaves. What’s better than fall and the activities? Fall in the capital district! There a lot of fun activities planned if you want to do more than the usual leaf peeping.


Outside Activities

Adirondack Balloon Festival: September 21st through September 24th is the 45th annual festival held in Glens Falls and Queensbury. There are balloons of every shape and size taking over the sky. You can watch from the ground as they launch or take a drive and see a sky full of hot air balloons. 

Goold Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Show: The 28th annual festival will be held October 8th and 9th from 9am to 5pm. The festival will happen rain or shine, check the weather before heading up and see if you should come prepared with a rain coat or if a light jacket will suffice. There will be live music including Hair of the Dog, tents with crafts, and a tent for wine tasting! 

Turkey Trot: The Troy Turkey Trot began in 1916 and has been growing in popularity ever since!  Wake up early Thanksgiving morning and participate or cheer from the sidelines. When the race concludes, you’ll be ready for your Thanksgiving meal!


Indoor Activities 

Apple and Wine Festival: This festival is happening  September 16th and 17th at the Altamont Fair Grounds! Since it’s at the Altamont Fair Grounds, some events may occur outdoors. But there’s much to do inside as well! A haunted house for the kids, wine tasting, crafts, Pampered Chef cooking demonstrations and much more!


New York State Museum: There are many exhibitions coming up for the NYS museum including Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. These are in addition to their ongoing exhibitions such as Minerals of New York and Fire Engine Hall. Make learning fun! 


So get out there this fall with friends and family and enjoy some fun activities! If you’re searching for more activities, or if you’d like to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Stonegate Apartments today!

Moving? Donate Your Unwanted Items

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, August 25, 2017

Often times moving means new furniture or appliance; even cleaning out your closet of clothes that no longer fit or you simply won’t wear again. Chances are the furniture, clothing, and appliances still have plenty of life left in them. So, what do you do with all of your unwanted items? 


Donate Your Unwanted Items
Rather than tossing the items you plan to replace, consider donating them so that someone else can use and enjoy them. There are many ways you can donate locally and help the members of your community. A few places will even come to you and pick up your items!


Habitat for Humanity 
Habitat for Humanity will come to you and pick up your items for donation; they service Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. However, if you or someone you know live outside of those counties they will do their best so that you are able to donate your items. They accept furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures and many other home goods! 


Grace’s Closet
A nonprofit organization that began out of a woman’s home and has since expanded, Grace’s Closet works with local churches, schools, and agencies to help families in need of clothing, children’s toys, household items and many other necessities. 


Donating items not only lightens your load when moving, but, it can make a big difference for someone else. If your items have been gently used and are still in good condition, consider donating them when you’re ready to make a change!   


Are you ready to make Stonegate Apartments your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

How to Become Organized Before Moving

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, August 10, 2017
Woman organizing her apartment closet

While living in your home, you may not realize exactly how much stuff you accumulate until it is time to move. Becoming organized and packing it all can be overwhelming, exhausting, even frustrating at times. Before attempting to pack your belongings, get organized with our tips!


Sort Your Belongings into Categories

In order to make your move as easy as possible, you will need to get organized. If this isn’t your forte, recruit a friend or two who are masters of organization. Start with one area, or room, once you’ve gone through every item, move on to the next space.


- Essential:  These items are either practical, used daily, or they may hold sentimental value. Whatever the item may be, you won’t part with it no matter what. 
- Value: This doesn’t necessarily refer to monetary value, but, it may also refer to what value the item brings to your life. A book, for example, when was the last time you read it? Will you read it again? If you don’t see yourself reading it again, it’s time to donate the book so someone else can find enjoyment. 
- Useful vs. Useless: This category may be the most difficult, but, it needs to happen. Items that you haven’t used since the last time you moved, should get tossed or donated. Kids, for example, accumulate a lot of possessions – toys, clothing, etc. It may be difficult to part with some of their old things, but, you also need to ask yourself if the item is useful or if it holds a special place in your heart. Unless you’re having more kids, their highchair can be donated, whereas their first pair of baby shoes holds sentimental value. 


Now that you’ve made your piles and you know what’s coming with you, the entire process will run much smoother. It may seem difficult to part with certain items, but in the end lightening your load will be more than worth it. 


Contact Stonegate Apartments 
For more tips to make your next move a breeze, or to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Stonegate Apartments today!



Finding the Right Size Apartment for You

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Couple moving into their new apartment

Moving and apartment hunting can be a daunting task with many factors that shouldn’t be overlooked. But, it doesn’t have to be if you predetermine the size apartment you’re looking for. This will help narrow down your list of potentials. 


Number of Bedrooms
Many complexes will tell you the rule of thumb is one bedroom per occupant. There are exceptions to this rule; however, couples and children are typically able to share a bedroom. Perhaps you’re a couple who is looking to turn a bedroom into an office space, in which case, you will need at least a two bedroom apartment. 


Number of Bathrooms
The next aspect you will need to consider are the number of bathrooms you need, or want. A guest bathroom, or bathroom for the kids, is nice and certainly has its perks. However, you will need to consider if it is practical for your needs, or even your budget. 


Living Space
Do you have larger sized items you’re bringing with you? Perhaps you live a minimalist lifestyle and don’t require a lot of extra space. While touring apartments, don’t be afraid to bring your measuring tape so you can take exact measurements. This will help you when measuring your items to decide whether it will fit nicely, or, if more space is a necessity.  


Amenities and Location
Lastly, consider the location and amenities that are important to you. Do you prefer a more active area as opposed to a quieter location? Do you want a shorter commute, or, do you enjoy your drive time? There’s not a single correct answer for this as these are personal preferences. While apartment hunting, you will need to keep these questions in mind in addition to the location of schools and healthcare facilities. 


Are you ready to make Stonegate your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

Apartment Amenities to Catch the Eye of any Millennial

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, July 07, 2017
Women on a couch eating popcorn and watching a movie

Millennials have grown up during a time where location, convenience, and amenities have moved to the essentials, can’t live without, must-have, criteria list. Rest assured, Stonegate has the amenities that are most desirable.   


Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are an amenity that can’t get enough of. Not only is it a convenience factor (set it and forget it!) but, it also creates efficiency. Since the system will only run as needed, it saves energy and money. Both of which are very important to the millennial generation.   


Updated Kitchen

Millennials love food and cooking, they have helped to shape our “foodie” culture, making an up-to-date kitchen a must have for much of the generation. Our kitchens have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, ceramic tile flooring, and 36” wood cabinets with crown molding! They are truly a thing of beauty, waiting to come to life when you cook and host parties! 


Heated Garage
Winters in the great northeast can be brutal, making heated garages essential. Park your car in the garage so you won’t have to clean snow off the roof and so your car is already a comfortable temperature when you need to leave. The garages at Stonegate are also equipped with an elevator service so you won’t have to go out in the cold! 


Private Balcony
Having a place to call your own is important to everyone; more important is having a sense of privacy. While living at Stonegate, enjoy your own private balcony. Start your mornings sipping coffee in peace and quiet. 


Sound Proof Flooring
To go along with privacy, noise reduction is also key to apartment living. The apartments at Stonegate have soundproof flooring to help ensure you won’t hear your upstairs neighbors and give your place a sense of serenity and privacy. This is surely an amenity we can’t get enough of! 


Washer and Dryer in Each Unit
Another amenity we don’t see often enough is the ability to do your laundry in the privacy of your own space. Which is why a washer and dryer are equipped in each of our units! You won’t have to compromise space as they are located in a laundry room, with storage space, within the unit. 


Pool and Fitness Center
Stonegate includes an in ground pool as well as a fitness center giving the ultimate convenience. After a grueling workout session, head to the pool for some much needed rest and recuperation!   


Location Location Location
Last, but, certainly not least is the ultimate amenity - location! Restaurants, parks and recreation, healthcare and places to shop are, just to name a few, are all nearby our Stonegate community. For a complete list, please visit our community page.  


When you’re ready to take the next step, and check out our apartments, contact Stonegate to schedule an appointment!
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