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Pros and Cons to Getting Rid of Cable TV

Shaker Run - Wednesday, November 06, 2019

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Looking to cut costs? You may be evaluating your monthly bills and expenses and wondering where the best place to cut spending is. Maybe you eat out less or vow to not buy new clothing for several months. As you begin to crunch the numbers, cutting cable may seem like the best option.

While many people are doing exactly this, and claiming they don’t miss cable, it’s best to still weigh the pros and cons before cutting the cord.

Pros of Getting Rid of Cable

Cable Costs A lot

Cable is expensive, and the cost only seems to be rising. With monthly bills costing north of $150, many people are giving up the ability to channel surf for more money in their pocket. Many people combine their Internet and cable bill to save money but cutting cable and opting for a few streaming services is still more cost effective.

There are Cheaper Options

As of when this article was written, subscriptions to Hulu, Netflix, and HBO, will cost you a total of $30 a month. Each service offers multiple plans and different prices so you can choose which works best for you. You can also cancel whenever you’d like, no fighting with a service provider on the phone required.

Cable Can be Difficult to Use

You don’t realize what a luxury it is to search for the exact show you’re looking for is until you can’t. Channel guides can be tedious and glitchy and you often have to buy additional channels in addition to the $100+ you’re already paying per month. With streaming you can watch what you want when you want.

Cons of Getting Rid of Cable

While of all of that sounds well and good, there are still a few cons to consider before you call your cable provider to cancel.

Where do you Watch All Your Shows?

With cable, you have access to all your shows and channels in one place. You can hop from Fixer Upper on HGTV to Family Guy on Comedy Central with ease. With streaming services, you need to know what service offers what TV shows, so you know where to go looking when there is a new episode.

Several Tiny Bills

You’ll ultimately end up subscribing to several streaming services to be able to watch your favorite shows. With this comes several small bills being charged to your credit card at different times throughout the month. It can be challenging to stay on top of the numerous bills, although you can set them to auto pay. Just be sure to check your bank account regularly!

A Delay in Programming

Hulu’s big appeal is that it offers subscribers episodes of TV shows that are currently airing. The downside is that many of these episodes are available 12-24 hours after they air live on national television. You can pay more for a live TV function, but it’s a significant amount of money and we’re trying to save here. If you can be patient and avoid spoilers about that crazy season finale, you’ll be okay.

Streaming vs Cable

Ultimately it is your decision whether you want to keep cable or cut the cord. At Shaker Run we provide residents with cable and internet-ready apartments so you’re ready for whichever route you decide to go.

Schedule a tour with us today, we can’t wait to show you around!

Save Time in the Morning with a Better Routine

Shaker Run - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Woman waking up in bed with pug dog to begin her morning routine

Getting up in the morning is hard. The moment we open our eyes we’re met with distractions that prevent us from starting the day on the right foot. While some habits are healthy rituals (looking at you, 6 am yoga class), other’s do more harm than good.

Here are eight things to kick from your morning routine to start the day off right.

Morning Routine Mistakes

Checking Social Media

Many of use the alarm on our phones to wake us up in the morning. After shutting the alarm off it can be so easy to open Instagram or Facebook to check up on your friends and favorite celebrities. The next thing you know 15 minutes have gone by and you’re running late. Mindlessly scrolling through your feeds is also bad for your mental health and can make you feel down about yourself before you even leave your bed.

Forgetting About Breakfast

Not eating breakfast can distract you from your work, cause your energy to be low, and make you irritable. Find a breakfast routine that works for you and stick to it. If you don’t have time to eat at home, make overnight oats to bring to the office, or keep English Muffins in the freezer in the office kitchen. Knowing the plan for breakfast will help you better anticipate your schedule for the rest of the day.

Not Doing Things the Night Before

Pack your lunch, plan your outfit, and pack your work bag the night before. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress and time in the morning and help you mornings go more smoothly.

Hitting Snooze

Hitting snooze is actually bad for your health! It leaves you feeling groggy and only results in fragmented sleep. Try going to bed earlier the night before setting the alarm 5 minutes later if you’re a frequent snooze button user.

Waking Up at Different Times

A consistent sleep schedule will actually make waking up in the morning easier. You’ll also ensure you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night! While tricky to get used to at first, it will eventually become second nature.

Checking Your Email

Why would you want to be thinking about that nasty email from a client before you even got out of bed? Keep work at work and out of your morning routine by not checking your email. Experts say that by checking your emails first thing in the morning, you might be setting a stressful tone for the rest of the day. No one likes stress so ditch the habit and deal with you clients once you’re at work.

Drinking Coffee ASAP

Sorry, but that cup of coffee isn’t doing you any good. Research shows that consuming coffee before 10 am can mess with your cortisol levels, leaving you feeling groggier and more stressed than you would’ve felt if you had just waited. Patience is a virtue, my friend.

Making Your Bed Immediately

Yes, you read that right. Leaving your bed unmade to air for a while will help kill off dust mites that thrive in moist environments. Switch things up and make your bed right before leaving your apartment.

Make Your Mornings Easier

Mornings are a little easier when you live at Shaker Run! Enjoy light and airy apartments with spacious floor plans, walk in closets, a patio, a gourmet kitchen, and more. Read about the rest of our amenities or contact us today to schedule a tour.

Is it Better to Rent or Buy?

Shaker Run - Thursday, September 05, 2019


People wouldn’t buy homes if there was no benefit. However, owning a home isn’t right for everyone. If you travel frequently, have an active social life, are moving into your first place, or are simply not looking to take on a lot of responsibility, renting an apartment may be your best option.

Continue reading to learn if it’s better to rent or buy.

Renting vs Buying

No Maintenance Costs or Repair Bills

Apartment living is easy living. When you rent a property, your landlord is responsible for all maintenance, improvement, and repairs. If an appliance stops working or your roof starts to leak, you call the landlord, and it gets fixed. Homeowners, however, are responsible for all repairs and maintenance. While hiring a handyman is an option, repairs and renovations can add up quickly.

Access to Amenities

Have you always dreamed of owning a pool? At many mid-scale and upscale complexes this amenity comes with no additional charge to tenants. You’re able to relax by the pool without having to spend the time and money maintaining it. Other luxurious amenities such as a fitness center, club house, tennis courts, and basketball courts may also be available, no fees required.

No Real Estate Taxes

One of the major benefits of renting vs owning is that renters don’t have to pay property taxes. Real estate taxes vary by the county you live in and can be an additional couple of thousand a year. Property tax is determined based on the estimated property value of the house and the amount of land. With newly built homes getting larger and larger, property taxes can be a significant financial burden.

No Down Payment

The upfront cost of renting an apartment is far less than purchasing a house. While renting requires a security deposit, it can’t be any more than the monthly rent. A down payment is typically 20%, meaning to purchase a $200,000 home you need to have $40,000 before moving in. If you don’t have the money for a significant down payment, renting may be the best decision to make.

Flexibility to Downsize

By renting, you have the option to downsize into a more affordable living space at the end of your lease. This is particularly enticing for retirees who want a less costly, smaller alternative that matches their budget. When you own a home, it’s much more difficult to break free of an expensive house due to the fees involved with buying and selling a home.

Lower Insurance Costs

While homeowners need to have a homeowner’s insurance policy, renters only need a renter’s insurance policy. This policy costs between $12-$20 a month and covers furniture, computers, valuables, and more. Homeowner’s insurance ranges between $25-$80 per month.

Lower Utility Costs

Homes certainly vary in size, however many are larger than an apartment. The larger a space, the more money it costs to heat and cool. Electric bills will likely be higher in a house compared to a rental as well. Rental properties typically have a more compact and efficient floor plan making them more affordable to heat and power than a home.

Is Renting or Buying Right for You?

Owning a home may be beneficial for those looking to live in one place for a long time. However, for those who aren’t looking to take on that responsibility, the costs of upkeep, and the property taxes, renting may be a better option.

To schedule a tour of Shaker Run Apartments, get in touch today!

Why Your Credit Score Matters When Renting

Shaker Run - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Person using a laptop to check their credit score

So, you’ve found the apartment of your dreams. Congratulations! Now it’s time to complete and submit a rental application, which often includes a credit check.

A question we hear often is “why does my credit score matter?”. The short answer is that good credit will make you stand out while bad credit may prevent you from renting your dream place. Keep reading to find out more!

Credit History Matters as Much as Your Credit Score

You may have a good score now, but has it always been that way? If there is a pattern of weak credit over a long period of time, that’s a red flag that a person isn’t good with money. However, one dip in credit score due to a divorce or illness is less likely to make a negative impact.

The details in a credit report, including late payments, evictions, and bankruptcies paint your financial story. A series of late payments combined with several evictions will raise major red flags in the eyes of a landlord.

A credit report can tell a good story as well! It includes information on on-time payments, social security number, and date of birth.

Own Up to Your Mistakes

Before you submit your rental application, run a credit report yourself. You can order a free credit report from each national consumer credit reporting company (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian) once every 12 months. By running a report, you can know exactly what the landlord will be looking at as well.

If there are any red flags you can formulate responses and explain the reasoning behind them. Provide the explanations with the application so the landlord doesn’t have to ask for them. Owning up to your mistakes will show that you can take responsibility for your actions and have learned from them.

Start Working on Your Credit

There are things you can do today that will start to improve your score almost immediately. There are five major factors that influence your credit score. The two most important are your payment history and the amounts you owe. Make a habit of paying bills on time (you can even set up autopay) and try to only use a small portion of the credit that’s available to you. If you have a credit card with a limit of $5,000, try to keep the balance below $1500.

What to Do If You Have A Bad Credit Score

A clean criminal background, job stability, high income, a healthy savings account, and positive references from past landlords can help your case. If you have all of those and a poor credit report, you should still have a good rental application.

If you’re still concerned, a roommate with a good credit score can ease the landlords worries. You can also ask a friend or relative to co-sign the lease. Just remember, whoever you ask is responsible for the rent payment if you’re unable to make it.

There are several financial fixes you can take as well. Put up a larger security deposit, pay several months’ rent in advance, or set up automatic payments so your landlord knows they’ll receive their money. You could also agree to pay slightly more in rent each month if it’s truly your dream apartment.

Yes, Your Credit Matters

Long story short, your credit matters. However, with the right knowledge of your own financial history, it won’t make or break your application. Prepare explanations, start improving your credit score, and ask for recommendations so you can be on your way to moving into a new apartment!

Is Shaker Run your dream apartment? Start the application process today!

How to Be Courteous when Living with Roommates

Shaker Run - Wednesday, August 07, 2019

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Roommates. At some point or another we have all had them. Whether by choice or necessity, roommates are almost an unavoidable part of life. And while you may wish you could be living by yourself, there are ways to live peacefully with others and still be friends when all is said and done.

9 Tips for Living with Roommates

Don’t Hog the Fridge

While you each may have your own bedroom, you only get one fridge. Be mindful of how much you buy when you’re shopping and keep your food in your area of the fridge. To save space consider making the milk, ketchup, bread, and juice communal items. You all pitch in to buy the items and everyone is happy!

Do Your Dishes!

Leaving your dirty dishes in the sink to “soak” for five days isn’t cool. They’ll start to smell, grow mold, and get in the way of other people trying to use the sink. Clean as you go and no one will have any problems.

Keep the Noise Down

Once you live with your roommates for a while you’ll start to pick up on their habits. If you know they like to go to bed around 10, keep the noise down once they’re in their room for a night.

Don’t Eat Their Food

No one, and we mean no one, likes coming home to find that their favorite snack has been eaten. Unless the item of food in question is for the whole house, stay away! Ask if you really want something or wait to see if they offer to share.

Keep Communal Areas Clean

Your bedroom is yours to do with what you will, but communal areas should be kept clean. Come up with a schedule so the same person isn’t stuck cleaning the bathroom each week. Pick up in the living room each night and clean the kitchen when you’re done cooking.

Be Careful!

Try not to break your roommates’ things. If you do drop a plate or break a spatula, replace it with a similar item. Enough said.

Don’t Be Passive Aggressive

Talking to your roommates directly can go a long way in solving any issues or disagreements. Avoid leaving passive aggressive sticky notes on the fridge or being loud and annoying to try and prove that you run the place. Those types of antics should be left in freshman year of college.

Discuss Who is Buying Household Items

Garbage bags, tin foil, cleaning products, toilet paper, and paper towels are all household items. Figure out who is responsible for what as soon as possible so you can avoid any disagreements.

Finding the Right Apartment

Still need an apartment for you and your roomies? Our 3-bedroom apartments offer the right amount of space and amenities for roommates to live together peacefully and happily. With multiple bathrooms, a large kitchen and living room, and walk-in closets, you’ll hardly realize you have roommates at all. Schedule your tour today!


Does Square Footage Matter?

Shaker Run - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Does square footage matter in an apartment

When you’re searching for your next apartment it can be easy to focus on the square footage. Most people look for the biggest apartment they can get within their budget. This isn’t always the best plan of action, though. Ultimately, the size of the apartment is not indicative of the experience you’ll have living there. There are a few other key factors you should consider when choosing your new home!

The Layout

Do you like an open floor plan or a bit of privacy with closed off rooms? A large apartment may feel small if there are too many walls and closed off space. Likewise, if an apartment has tall ceilings, large windows, and a lot of open space it will feel bigger than it actually is. The layout of an apartment usually ends up being more important than the square footage.

Consider the Size of Key Rooms

How do you plan to use your new home? Do you like to entertain friends and family? Do you need an at-home office or studio? Or maybe you like to cook! Look at the size of the rooms you’ll be using the most and consider if the size and layout will work for you.

If you like cooking, a small kitchen won’t be ideal. However, if you eat out most nights, sacrificing kitchen space for a larger bedroom may not be a big deal for you. Even large apartments can be less than perfect if key rooms are too small.

Visit the Apartment

Obviously, the best way to know if an apartment will work for you is to take a tour! You’ll be able to get a feel for how large or small the space feels and if it will suit your needs. Don’t forget to measure doorways to know if your furniture will fit, in addition to any stairwells or tight spaces in the apartment. Nothing is worse than realizing your couch or bed won’t fit through the door!

Shaker Run is proud to offer various floor plans with distinct layouts. Whether you work from home, love to entertain, or are raising a family, we’re confident one of our one, two, or three-bedroom apartment homes will be the right fit.

Get in touch today to learn more about Shaker Run and to schedule a tour!

How to Fit Decluttering into Your Morning Routine

Shaker Run - Wednesday, July 10, 2019


After a long day, no one likes coming home to a messy apartment. However, not many want to spend time cleaning after work either. So, when is the best time to clean without taking away from those precious relaxation hours after work? The answer: during the morning! Keep reading for a few small ways to fit decluttering into your morning routine.

Clean Out the Fridge

Instead of scrolling through Instagram or Twitter while your coffee brews, spend the time cleaning out the fridge. Throw out any expired items or leftovers and wipe down the refrigerator door. Now you have a cup of coffee and a clean fridge!

Take the Trash Out

Wait! Before you head out for the day take an extra minute or two to take the trash out. This is a simple way to keep things tidy (and smell free) without any extra effort on your end. The trash will have to go at some point, you might as well do it in the morning.

Clean out Your Closet

You know that one top you stare at every morning but never actually wear? Get rid of it! Each morning when you’re deciding what to wear, do a quick scan to see if there is something you can get rid of. It will feel good to have a closet full of only items that you love.

Clean out the Bathroom

Are you guilty of keeping empty shampoo bottles and old razors in your shower? Make a commitment to recycling or throwing out any empty products on a weekly basis. Your bathroom will be clutter free and can breathe a sigh of relief.

Pick Up Your Living Room

If you like to sit on your couch to enjoy your morning coffee, pick up your living room first. Fold any blankets, recycle old magazines, and put the remotes back where they belong. Your whole apartment will appear neater and you’ll be able to full enjoy that cup of Joe.

Make Your Bed

An unmade bed has the appearance of clutter. Make your bed right when you wake up to give your bedroom a neater look. It also feels so much nicer to slip in to a made bed at the end of the day.

Looking for more cleaning and organizing tips? Check out how to organize your pantry and six things you’re cleaning too often.

Tips for Organizing and Packing for a Move

Shaker Run - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
organize and pack for a move

Let’s face it, as exciting as moving to a new home is, it’s also incredibly stressful. Planning and organizing a move on top of working, taking care of children, or possibly trying to find a job in your new city, is a lot to handle at once. With enough time and a little planning, you can make packing up your belongings much easier!

What Size Move do you Have?

If you’re moving from your parents’ home or into your own place after living with roommates, you most likely have a small move. If you don’t have any large appliances or more than one closet, you can pack with 8 boxes. Two closets full of clothes and couple of appliances will require around 18 large boxes. A large move requires around 25 boxes and consists of many electronics and appliances, clothes, shoes, and books. Try decluttering some of your stuff to make your move easier.

Time to Organize

Once you’ve figured out what size move you have, it’s time to get organized. Label the boxes on all 4 sides and the top with that’s inside. This way no matter how you grab a box when unpacking, you know where it goes. You should also label any boxes that contain fragile items, so you handle them with care.

Pack heavier items in smaller boxes so you can still carry them. Just because 50 pounds of books can fit in one box, doesn’t mean they should. Save the bigger boxes for lighter items like blankets, pillows, and small decorations.

Plan a Packing Order

Start packing up items in your living room or spare bedroom first. These rooms likely contain items you don’t need on a daily basis, making them safe to start packing a month in advance. If you still don’t know where to begin, pack up any decorations or trinkets first. A bare apartment will be boring for a month or so, but decorations aren’t necessary in our daily routines.

Next you can pack away any extra items you have. This includes extra blankets, sheets, towels, toiletries, makeup, and cooking utensils. Once you’re about two weeks out from your move you should start packing away anything that isn’t absolutely necessary on a daily basis.

The last thing you’ll want to pack up are your clothes. Take this as an opportunity to sort through your closet and dresser and donate or throw out anything you don’t wear anymore. Sorting through your wardrobe will making moving that much easier.

When you’re packing you’ll definitely find thing that you forgot you even owned. Chances are you’ll also find some items you thought were gone forever! Decide if these items are worth coming along to your new home and donate them if they’re not.

A word of advice: don’t get caught walking down memory lane. Looking through your old camp photos and home movies can wait until you’re settled in your new place. Still in search of an apartment? Call us today to schedule your tour!

Stop Making These Freezer Organization Mistakes

Shaker Run - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

common freezer organizing mistakes

Your freezer is a magical place where pints of ice cream and frozen leftovers coexist. While it may seem like you can just put things in the freezer however you’d like (which…you can), you will be better off if you know how to avoid these common organizing mistakes.

You Let Your Freezer Get Too Warm

We’ve all stood in front of our freezer with the door open, trying to decide what we want to eat. This can quickly cause the temperature to rise, allowing food to thaw out and go bad. Take a mental note of what’s in your freezer and decide what pint of ice cream you want before opening the door.

It’s also important to set the temperate of your freezer as cold as it can go. If you can’t find the dial, look inside the fridge!

There is Too Much, or Too Little in Your Freezer

If the only thing in your freezer is a bag of peas that has been in there for 3 month, it’s time to head to the frozen food aisle. If your freezer is empty it has to work harder to keep the food inside frozen. You don’t want it jam packed either, though. If there is too much the air won’t circulate properly, which can overtax the condenser and make it harder to keep your food frozen.

How does that one fairy tale go, you want your freezer filled just right?

You’re Not Labeling Your Food

“I’ll definitely remember what this is,” says anyone who has ever put leftovers in the freezer. Fast forward a month and you’re opening containers and Ziplock bags trying to figure out what the red stuff is (spoiler alert, it’s pasta sauce). Do yourself a favor and label your containers using masking tape and a pen. It’s also a good idea to put the date that the food was frozen so you know how old it is.

You’re Not Keeping Nuts, Seed and Flour in the Freezer

Up until now you’ve probably believed that nuts, seeds, and flours are all pantry items. These items contain oil, meaning they can go rancid if they sit around at room temperature. If you store them in the freezer they’ll last much longer!

You’re Keeping Your Ice Cream in the Freezer Door

No one wants melted ice cream. The freezer door is the warmest part, which means it’s a bad place to keep your ice cream. Move the pints to the back of the freezer and store your nuts and seeds in the door instead.

For more tips and insight on apartment living, contact us today!

Double Duty Décor

Shaker Run - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

multi purpose apartment decor

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or your fifth, your décor should be beautiful and functional. Instead of choosing pieces that only serve one purpose, pick decorative items that also act as storage or extra storage. You will also get more bang for your buck and save money with these double duty décor items.

Key Hanger or Entry Table

The first thing we all do when we come home is put our stuff down. Having a designated spot to do so will clear some clutter in your apartment. It will also help you avoid walking through your apartment with muddy shoes to put your purse in the bedroom.

If your entry way is smaller, chose a key hanger or coat rack that you can hang on the wall. You’ll be able to hang your keys, coat, and purse all in one spot. If you have a bit more room, consider an entry table. A table is great for putting mail, your purse, keys, and any other items you bring home every day.

Functional Ottoman

Ottomans are incredibly diverse pieces of furniture. They offer a comfortable place to kick up your feet after a long day at work. If you purchase a soft ottoman it can also be used as extra seating when friends come over. No need to keep extra chairs in the closet just for guests! Many ottomans also have built-in storage for throw blankets, games, pillows, DVDs, magazines and more.

TV Stand

A TV stand is a great place to display trinkets and memorabilia in addition to storing belongings. Keep any game consoles, remotes, games, DVDs, and books on the shelves. Bonus points if your TV stand has doors that allows you to hide the clutter.

Storage Bed-Frame

If it fits your décor style, find a bed frame that has built-in storage. Many frames have drawer’s underneath that provide the perfect place for storing extra blankets, pillows, or out of season clothing. If you want a metal bed-frame that is less bulky, put it on bed risers to create under-the-bed storage.

Sleeper Sofa

A sleeper sofa is great option if you don’t have a guest room or you’re just looking to have multiple guests stay over at a time. Thankfully, sleeper sofas have gone from less than appealing and uncomfortable to beautiful statement pieces that guests are happy to sleep on. Many local furniture stores have the option to customize a sleeper sofa so it will fit your design style perfectly!

If you’re looking for a new apartment to decorate and call home, contact us today! We have 1, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments that will fit your needs and wants. Conveniently located in Albany, you’ll love the safe and quiet environment.

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