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Where to Shop for Apartment Essentials in Rensselaer

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, March 05, 2020

grey couch and glass coffee table in the living room

If you’ve just moved to the area or this is your first apartment, you’re likely in need of some furniture, décor, and living essentials for your new place. Our large apartments feature a balcony or patio, a breakfast nook, and large walk-in closets, so there is plenty of space to decorate and make yours.

To help the transition to your new home go smoothly, we’ve put together a list of our favorite places to find furniture, décor, and other home goods.

Where to Shop for Your Apartment

Target

625 3rd Avenue Extension

Just 5 minutes from Stonegate is Target. Know for their on-trend and affordable furniture and home goods, this is a great place to start if you’re in need of a lot of items. You’ll find everything from towels and shower curtains to furniture like dining chairs and tables. Shop their kitchen department for affordable utensils, pots and pans, small appliances, and more!

HomeGoods

102 Van Rensselaer Avenue

Similar to Target, HomeGoods stocks a variety of furniture, bedding, kitchenware, bath items, and décor. As an off-price retailer, you’ll find name brand items at discount prices, meaning you can furnish your apartment for less! We love heading to HomeGoods to find those finishing touches, like pillows, candles, and artwork.

Habitat ReStore in the Capital District

70 Fuller Rd, Albany, NY

You may have to do some digging, but the Habitat for Humanity store can feature some high-quality furniture at great prices. With a little paint and elbow grease, a lot of the furniture can be transformed into something that fits your style perfectly. Habitat for Humanity has been known to have a great selection of desks, dressers, kitchen tables and chairs, and TV stands.

Pottery Barn

1 Crossgates Mall Rd Ste A205

If you want to purchase an investment piece or two, head to Pottery Barn. The upscale furniture store sells bed & bath items, tableware, lighting, home goods, and furniture. The pieces always feature the latest trends and styles and will make your home feel truly luxurious. You can also purchase custom designed items such as an armchair or couch for furniture that is exactly what you’re looking for.

At Home

161 Washington Ave Ext

Whatever you need for your apartment, you’ll likely find it at At Home. Rugs, pillows, home décor, patio furniture, bedding, kitchen and dining, and so much are all under one roof. The variety of design styles ensures you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at an affordable price. With one of the biggest selections of home goods in the area, you could spend an afternoon picking out the perfect items for your new apartment!

A new apartment is an exciting opportunity to create a space that reflects you and your style. Any of our 1, 2, or 3-bedroom layouts can act as the perfect blank slate to create a home that truly feels like yours. Contact us today to learn more about Stonegate or to schedule a tour.

How to Have A Successful Moving Day

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, February 06, 2020

Person holding a moving box

Congratulations on finding your new apartment! A new place is always exciting. It’s a chance to start fresh, decorate a new home, and make new memories. Before any of that happens, though, you have to move. And moving is never fun.

While we can’t make it more enjoyable, we can help make the process a little easier. After reading through our tips for moving you’ll be an expert at packing, moving, and unpacking.

Tips for Moving Apartments

1. Declutter Your Apartment

You’ve likely been in your current apartment for at least a year, possibly way longer! During that time, you’ve inevitably acquired a lot of stuff; some things you can’t live without and others you haven’t touched in a while. If you haven’t used an item in a year or more, let it go. You likely won’t use it ever again.

If you have the time, consider selling your items online using Craigslist or Facebook. The extra money will be useful if you plan on hiring movers. It can also be used towards paying for boxes and packing supplies. If you’re short on time there are many organizations that will accept your donations. 

2. Make A Moving Checklist

A moving checklist will keep you organized and on-track throughout the moving process. It should include everything you need to do before moving out, the day you’re moving, and once you get into your new place. Common things to put on the list include hiring movers, changing your address, returning your keys, forwarding your mail, and setting up utilities at your new apartment.

3. Start Packing As Soon As Possible

Try as you may, you can’t move overnight. Moving requires a lot of preparation, including starting to pack ASAP. Start with seasonal items and then move on to items you only use on occasion. Things like books, clothing, serving dishes, decorations, and (most of) your kid’s toys can all be packed a few weeks before the big move.

4. Learn how to Pack the Right Way

With that said, learn how to pack the right way. This includes knowing what size move you have, organizing your items, and planning a packing order. Having a strategy will make packing seem like a much more manageable task.

5. Make a First Night Box

After not going to be able to move and unpack everything in your new place in one day. For that reason, make a first night box so you have the essentials easily accessible. In the box you should include the following:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Any necessary personal care items
  • Clothes for the next day
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Clean linens for your bed
  • A bath towel for each person
  • Pajamas
  • Basic tool kit
  • Disposable utensils and dishware
  • Any necessary chargers
  • Medications

6. Clean Before Moving Out

This seems like extra work, but it will save you money and frustration. If you don’t clean before handing over your keys money will likely be deducted from your security deposit to pay for a professional cleaning service. Remember to clean appliances, the floors, ceiling fans, dust, sweep the balcony, and vacuum out the pantry.

Moving to Stonegate Apartments

Moving is quite the process, but once you’re in your new apartment at Stonegate it will all be worth it! Learn more about our 1,2 and 3-bedroom apartments and schedule a tour today. We can’t wait to show you around!

Signs It’s Time for a New Apartment

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, January 09, 2020

three plants on a table with a couch in the background

It’s that time again! You’re due to renew your lease soon and you’re wondering if you want to stay or go. When you first found your apartment, it may have been love at first sight. It was in the perfect location, the rent was the right price, and the layout couldn’t have been better. Now, however, things are different. You can’t put your finger on it, but something is making you consider moving to a new place.

If you’re contemplating moving out, consider these five things to help determine if it’s the right choice.

5 Signs You Need A New Apartment

You Have a Bad Roommate

If you and your roommate don’t get along and they intend to renew, that’s your cue to leave. Even if you and your roommate are still friends, your lifestyles may not be conducive to living together. One of you may be messy while the other prefers things to be a Monica Geller level of clean. Or maybe you like to have people over a lot while they prefer a quiet space to come home to. Either way, it’s time to move on and move out.

Your Apartment is Noisy

Some noise now and again can be expected, but if you find yourself constantly telling your neighbor to keep it down, maybe it’s best to find a more serene apartment. Noise can also come from construction happening outside, traffic, or that roommate we mentioned previously.

If you can’t move to a new apartment for a few months, there are several ways to reduce noise in the meantime. File a noise complaint with your landlord if your neighbors are the source of the problem. If construction or traffic is the problem, white noise may be able to drown out the noise until you find a new apartment to call home.

Lack of Storage

It no surprise that you’re going to acquire some new items throughout your time at your apartment. New shoes, decorations, and small kitchen appliances all take up space. The problem arises when you have no space to store these items. When you’re microwave has a permanent home on your kitchen table or you’re storing shoes in your car, it’s time to reconsider your situation.

There’s Nowhere to Park

Picture this: you’re driving home after a long weekend visiting your parents. You’re tired from the drive and just want to crawl into bed. Except there’s no place to park! You’re now forced to park a quarter-mile from your apartment and you, and your suitcase, have to trudge home. It’s frustrating and something you shouldn’t have to put up with.

When you start searching for your new place look for one with assigned parking, a large parking lot, or one with designated visitor parking so you know there will always be room for you.

There’s a Lack of Security

You deserve to feel safe in your own home, and if you feel anything less than that you should consider moving. If your apartment doesn’t feature a gate, an intercom system, or double locks on unit doors you have reason for concern.

Thankfully, a lot of apartments these days understand the need and want for multiple levels of security. The previously mentioned features are becoming standard which is great for everyone!

Reasons to Move to Stonegate

At Stonegate we’re focused on providing our residents will highly desirable amenities and features. Our community is spread over 9 peaceful acres and is conveniently located near many of the area’s popular employers and destinations.

 All residents at Stonegate have access to the following:

  • Private, covered balconies and patios
  • Key fob security system
  • On-site maintenance
  • Additional storage space
  • Ample parking

Get in touch today to schedule a tour and find your new apartment!

How to Budget As a Couple When Your Significant Other Moves In

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, November 07, 2019

two people sitting on a bed eating pizza

The day has officially arrived. It’s the day when your significant other moves in and the two of you take the next step in your relationship. While picking out furniture and cooking dinner together is exciting, learning how to budget as a couple isn’t.

Chances are one of you makes more than other, has more debt, or likes to shop more. These are all factors that need to be considered when determining a budget and how the two of you are going to split expenses. At the same time, it’s important to remember that you’re two, unmarried individuals with separate incomes and goals. So how do you budget together while keeping things separate?

Budgeting in a Relationship

Determine Your Goals

Now that you’re living together, you need to discuss both short and long-term goals. Do you want to save for a new couch or TV? Are you hoping to get married and buy a house one day? All these things need to be discussed and planned for so you’re financially ready to take the next step.

You should also take some time to discuss personal financial goals. Does one of you want to pay off student loans or a car within the next five years? Or maybe even start a business! Accomplishing these things will require financial sacrifice in other areas of your life.

Know Each Other’s Financial Status

Just as your partner now gets to see you first thing in the morning, they also get to know about your financial health. Discuss credit score, any debt either of you may have, monthly payments, and salary. When the time comes to apply for a different apartment or buy your first home, you don’t want to be caught off guard by unknown information.

Split Expenses Based on a Percentage

If you were living with a roommate, you would probably split all shared expenses 50/50, regardless of who makes with what. With a significant other the situation is different. You’re building a life with them, not fighting over who bought the toilet paper last.

It is highly unlikely that you both make the same amount of money. Instead, decide on a percentage of income you both feel comfortable contributing. You can also decide who is responsible for what bills. One of you pays the Internet while the other pays the energy bill and you both contribute a percentage to the monthly rent.

One thing that’s not recommended is to combine finances or co-sign a line. If things go south, figuring out how to dissolve the joint account could get messy. Apps like Venmo, Facebook Pay, or writing a good, old fashion check make splitting bills easy.

Consider Your Savings

If you do decide to try joining your expenses, start with a savings account you both contribute to. This money can be used for new furniture, a vacation, or even date nights.

If you do decide to save money together, make sure you also save money in an account that is just for you. Building upon your own accounts and assets is important to achieve personal financial goals or to have if the relationship doesn’t go as planned.

Money Problems are not Relationship Problems

The moment you start to nickel and dime each other is the moment problems begin to arise. There is no reason to fight over who bought hand soap last or whose snack is whose if you’re both contributing your fair share to the important stuff.

If your relationship is built on a solid foundation of trust and communication, there is no reason to count pennies. Discuss money regularly so you can avoid fighting about cash flow and who owes who.

Have an Exit Plan

No one wants to think they’re relationship will end, but it is a possibility. Keep bills and accounts in one person’s name only so they’re easier to transfer if necessary. Ensure you have enough saved to pay for an apartment alone if need be. A breakup falls within the category of financial emergency.

Moving in Together

If you and your significant other are ready to move in together, contact us today! Our apartments are perfect for couples. Close to local restaurants, nightlife, parks and more, you’ll be excited to call Stonegate home. 

Tips for When You’re Sick

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Four tips for when you’re sick and living alone.

October is here and so is the start of flu season. Being sick with the flu or a cold is never fun, but it’s even worse when you live alone. There’s no one around to run to the store for you, make a cup of tea, or just hang out while you get your strength back.

Have no fear though, there are ways to survive being sick while living alone.

How to Feel Better 101

Stock up on supplies now

Don’t wait until you can’t breathe and are wearing every sweatshirt you own to run out to the store for medicine. Take note of the state of your medicine cabinet and then make a trip to the closest drug store. Stock up on day and nighttime cold medicine, cough drops, pain reliever, tissues, a Netty Pot, and even some canned soup. The next time you wake up with flu symptoms you’ll be thankful you thought ahead.

Let It Go

Let your weekly chore calendar go, just until you feel better. It’s unlikely you’ll be well enough (or even able) to do any serious cleaning around your home. Take the time to rest and give your body the break it needs, your floors can stand to not be vacuumed for a while. If you are able to get up and move a bit, try to focus on a keeping a few areas of your home clean. This mostly includes changing your sheets and towels and taking the trash out.

Maintain Your Routine

When you’re in the thick of your illness you’ll likely want to lay in bed, in the dark, while watching reruns of Friends all day. This is understandable (and encouraged!), but once you start to feel a bit better try to get back to your routine ASAP. Open the curtains, make your morning cup of coffee, and respond to a few emails. The longer you stay in the “I’m sick” mindset, the longer you actually feel sick.

Ask for Help

Trying to do too much when you’re extremely ill can make matters worse. Don’t be afraid to phone a friend or a family member and ask for help. Put together a list and ask them to run to the grocery store for you. On their way in to your apartment, ask if they can get your mail. A helping hand will give you peace of mind and help you on your road to recovery. 

Being sick is never fun, but just remember that you’ll be back to your normal self in a week or two. It’s also a perfect time to binge watch that new show without feeling guilty. Oh, and don’t forget to replace your old toothbrush once your cold or flu has run its course.

7 Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, August 22, 2019

women extinguishing a kitchen fire

Between trying not to burn the chicken and making sure the rice isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot, cooking can be a stressful activity! While trying to manage several things at once, it’s easy to put a hand towel or food too close to the stove and not even realize what you’ve done. The next thing you know the smoke alarm is going off and your stove top is on fire.

While accidents do happen, there are several things to be mindful while cooking to prevent kitchen fires.

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Stay in the Kitchen

According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the number one cause of cooking fires. If you have to leave the kitchen for whatever reason, turn the stove off and move any pots and pans to a cool burner.

Keep the Stove Top Clear

Move anything that can catch fire away from the stove top. That means oven mitts, towels, napkins, dry pasta, and other dry food items.

Put on Your Cooking Clothes

Okay, not really, but make sure you’re wearing close-fitting clothes and roll up your sleeves. Loose clothing can come into contact with burners and open flames easier than you think. If you have long hair put it in a pony tail or up in a bun.

Wipe up Spills

Grease fires are incredibly common and hard to control! Clean your stove every time you cook and wipe up any spills as soon as possible.

Don’t Overheat Oil

Oil that is too hot can start to smoke and bubble up, causing it to spill out of the pan and ignite. As a quick reference, butter has a smoke point of 350 degrees F, canola at 400 F, olive oil at 410 F, and peanut oil at 450 F. Want to know more? Check out this helpful guide.

Wait for Grease to Cool

Pouring hot grease into your trashcan can quickly become a disaster. Wait for it to cool before tossing it in the garbage. You can also pour it in an old food can or container and harden it in the freezer.

Keep Your Smoke Detector Working

If a kitchen fire does occur, a smoke detector is your first line of defense. At Partridge Hill, we recommend testing the smoke detectors twice a year to make sure they’re functioning properly. If your smoke detector is not working properly, call the maintenance staff to schedule an appointment for service.

Dreaming of a new kitchen to cook in? Our apartments feature large kitchens perfect for cooking up your favorite meal or baking a delicious dessert. Contact us today to schedule your tour.

Clean Your Apartment with Natural Cleaning Products

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, August 08, 2019

natural cleaning products

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t start and end with the food we put into our bodies; it also includes the products we use to clean our homes. Many cleaning products found in stores contain chemicals that can be harmful to our overall health and wellness. Even products that are labeled “organic”, “natural”, or “pure” can include some questionable ingredients.

Learn how to clean your apartment with natural cleaning products and say goodbye to harmful chemicals.

Vinegar is King

Did you know that basic vinegar can be used to clean almost every surface in your apartment? A bucket of warm water and a splash of vinegar can clean cabinets, walls, mirrors, glass, the inside of your refrigerator, and many other hard surfaces.

You can also clean you floors with vinegar by adding a big splash to a bucket along with warm water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. The vinegar smell will go away as it dries, and you’ll be left with clean floors!

If you don’t want to mix up a solution every time you clean, you can keep a spray bottle of your natural cleaner nearby. Simply fill your spray bottle with one-part vinegar and two parts water.

To clean your microwave with vinegar put 1 cup in a glass microwaveable bowl and microwave it on high until it’s boiling and has covered the walls of the microwave in condensation. This will take about 5 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes before removing the bowl of vinegar. With a cloth or paper towel wipe the microwave clean. Voila, that tomato sauce is gone!

Wondering how to clean your toilet with natural cleaners? Put straight vinegar in a spray bottle and set the nozzle to stream instead of mist. Squirt the vinegar right under the rim and then scrub the bowl with your toilet brush as usual.

Cleaning with Baking Soda

Baking soda is great at eliminating odors and using on hard to clean surfaces. For smelly drains, sprinkle some baking soda down the drain and follow with a couple cups of warm vinegar.

In the bathroom, sprinkle the tub, sink, or grout with baking soda. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar to spray over the area and then let sit for a minute or two. Scrub the area clean with a brush and then rinse with water. If you prefer a foaming scrub you can spray the baking soda with hydrogen peroxide instead.

For baked on messes, mix some baking soda in small bowl with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Use a sponge to scrub at the mess until it’s gone. This also works on rust stains, soap scum and dirty grout.

Making a Natural Disinfectant

If raw meat gets on your counter while cooking, you’re certainly going to need to disinfect the area. Tea tree oil, or Melaleuca oil has antibacterial qualities. Place some in a spray bottle and use when you need to disinfect an area.

One thing to keep in mind is that tea tree oil is toxic if swallowed. While it’s still safe to use in the home, you should keep it away from children or pets. You should also keep other cleaning products away from little hands, whether they’re natural or not.

Want more cleaning tips? Read about some our favorite cleaning hacks and how to organize your cabinets.

Long Distance Apartment Hunting

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, July 25, 2019

Long Distance Apartment Hunting

As if apartment hunting isn’t hard enough, throw in moving to a new city and suddenly the task seems impossible. Without knowing your way around your new city, how are you supposed to find an apartment you like enough to call home? You may have to spend a bit more time and effort hunting for the perfect place, but long-distance apartment hunting is possible!

Let People Know You’re Looking

You know that Facebook feature that allows you to ask friends and family for recommendations? Use it! Let people know you’re moving and in need of apartment recommendations.  You’re bound to be connected to someone who knows your new city and will be able to point you in the right direction.

Let people know what you’re looking for so you can receive quality recommendations. Factors like budget, commute times, demographics, and lifestyle all influence the place you will choose to live in.

Do Your Own Research

After you (hopefully) get some recommendations from friends and family, do a bit of your own research. What types of things would you like to be near? Do you enjoy going downtown for happy hour or is a suburban setting more your style? Maybe your number one priority is to have a short commute. Yelp, Google, and Facebook reviews, in addition to looking at apartments on a map, will help you understand a neighborhood.

Think about the amenities you’d like in an apartment as well. In-unit laundry, a pool, on site parking, a fitness center, and spacious layouts are all commonly sought-after features. Make a list of amenities you’d like from most to least important to help inform your final decision.

Visit the City if You Can

While this may not be possible, especially if you’re moving across the country, visiting your new city will make apartment hunting much easier. You’ll have piece of mind knowing exactly what you’re getting in to.

Stonegate is located in Rensselaer, NY, only 7 minutes from Albany, 16 from Troy, and 25 from Schenectady. Public transportation is also readily available, and the train station and airport are close by. Some of the best schools, shopping, and restaurants are also just minutes away, making Stonegate an ideal community.

Ready to move in? Submit your application today!

How Much Does It Cost to Move Out?

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, July 11, 2019

How much does it cost to move

Are you itching to move in to your first apartment? Before you pull the trigger and find yourself in an apartment you can’t afford, take the time to do some planning. There are a lot of upfront costs that makes moving expensive. Save enough money for these five expenses before you sign the lease on a new apartment.

Security Deposit and Rent

Be prepared to pay the first months rent and a security deposit on or before you move in. The security deposit is often equal to your monthly rent but check with your landlord to know exactly how much you’ll owe. In addition to the security deposit and rent, you’ll likely have to pay an application fee. Know how many apartments you plan to apply for so you can save money.

Utility Costs

Your monthly rent is not how much you’ll be paying to live in your apartment. Unless your rent includes utilities, you’ll need to estimate how much you’ll be paying for renters insurance, heat, water, cable, and internet on a monthly basis. If you’re unsure, plan to pay 20% of your rent.

Moving Costs

If you’re renting a truck to make the big move, this is another cost you’ll need to consider. Even if a truck is advertised for $20 a day, that cost does not include all of the fees you’ll need to pay as well. If you’re moving to a new state that will cost more money than a small, in-town move. Get a cost estimate before making your reservation and shop around for the best deal.

Furniture

There’s no way around it, you’re going to need furniture for your new place. To save money, ask family and friends if they have any pieces they’re looking to get rid of. You can also search on Facebook, Craigslist, or visit your local Habitat for Humanity for inexpensive furniture. Before heading out to buy the remaining furniture you need, set a budget is realistic and that you can stick to.

Starter Pantry and Supplies

Be prepared to spend a lot of money on your first trip to the grocery store. You’re starting from nothing, meaning there is a lot to buy. Some important items include:

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Basic spices
  • Cleaning products
  • Tin foil and/or plastic wrap
  • Coffee filters
  • Sandwich and/or snack bags
  • Cooking oils
  • Sugar
  • Flour

The good news is you won’t be spending that amount every time you go shopping. Many of the items will last you a long time, only requiring you to repurchase every so often. Set aside around $200 for your first trip to the grocery store.

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Stonegate apartments are large, centrally located in Rensselaer, NY and affordable! Call today to learn more about our community and to schedule a tour. We can’t wait to show you around

Apartment Perks That Make A Difference

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, June 20, 2019

Apartment Amenities and percs

When you begin apartment hunting you probably have a list of things you have to have. Two bedrooms, pet friendly, and close to your office are all requirements if you’re going to sign the lease on a new apartment. What about the little things, though? While not necessary, there are amenities and perks that can make one apartment community more appealing than another.

A Dishwasher

You’ve had a long day at work, and after coming home and cooking dinner, the last thing you want to do is wash all of the dishes by hand. You could wait until tomorrow, but they’ll have to be washed at one point or another. You don’t realize how helpful dishwashers truly are until you don’t have one.

Walk-In Closets

There is something about walk-in closets that seems luxurious. Apart from a feeling of luxury, walk-in closets are more spacious, allowing for more storage. Your clothing is easier to see and there’s more room for shoes, purses, and other accessories. Oh and there’s even room for your partners clothing…well, maybe.

Fitness Center

Having a fitness center in your apartment complex is convenient and will save you money. With a gym so close it’s hard to make excuses for not going. You’ll be able to stick to your fitness goals and meet people who live in your complex! You’ll also won’t have to pay $30 a month for a gym membership as many apartment complexes don’t charge a membership fee.

Swimming Pool

If you’ve always wanted a swimming pool of your own, now is your chance! Finding an apartment with a pool gives you all the relaxation benefits without having to maintain it. It’s a win-win for you. Instead of cranking the AC on hot summer days, you can go relax poolside with your favorite book.

A Wall Mounted Microwave

This one may seem odd, but we have a good reason for making it a perk. A wall mounted microwave frees up counter space for either prepping food or fun kitchen gadgets. A wall mounted microwave also means you won’t have to put yours someplace inconvenient, i.e a cabinet or on top of the fridge.

These perks and amenities are just the beginning for Stonegate. Check out all of the amenities we offer and schedule your tour today!

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