4 Quick Tips to Make Your Bathroom Your Own

Shaker Run - Thursday, October 19, 2017

While living in your apartment, you want to make it a space that is all your own. One room that people find difficult to transform is the bathroom. It isn’t as hard as you may think; follow these 4 quick tips to transform your bathroom! 


1. Update your shower head: Apartment bathrooms are equipped with standard shower heads, which work well and serve their purpose. But, changing the shower head allows you to achieve the morning wake-up you desire. If you happen to change apartments, don’t forget to take your shower head with you!
2. Update your shower curtain: Shower curtains that are past their prime can give a dreary look and overall feel to your bathroom. Spice it up with a new curtain! Adding a shower curtain with a pattern adds texture and creates a visual interest in your space. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can coordinate your curtains with each season. Or, if you’re likely to keep the same curtain throughout the year, coordinate a new bathmat and towels to continue bringing life to your bathroom. 
3. Add storage: You have likely been in someone’s home that had an étagère (a stand that is typically seen over the toilet or standing next to it). While those are useful, they don’t add a lot in the way of “personal touch.” If you want to feel like you’re in the country or at the beach, wooden crates from craft stores will do the trick! You can leave them natural or stain them so they work with your overall idea. If that isn’t your style, adding small shelves to the walls creates visual appeal while being functional. Additionally, shower caddies work wonders and keep your shower free of clutter from shampoo and body wash bottles. 
4. Make sure your idea is cohesive: Small spaces, like bathrooms, allow for you to get away with a bold idea. The caveat of this though, it only works with one bold idea. Too many bold colors, patterns, or textures can make your bathroom feel cluttered and disjointed. Come up with one idea and stick to it! 


We hope that you found this helpful! Shaker Run values all of our residents and want you to feel comfortable and at home while living in our apartments. If you aren’t a current resident, schedule a tour! We’re sure you’ll feel right at home with our community.


6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe and Happy on Halloween

Shaker Run - Thursday, October 05, 2017
Kids trick or treating on Halloween

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 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 Shaker Run, 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 Tips for First Time Renters

Shaker Run - Thursday, September 28, 2017
first time apartment renter with moving boxes and keys

Renting an apartment doesn’t have to be as confusing or stressful as many people tend to make it. If you’re a first time renter, consider these 5 tips before making your decision.


1. Set a Budget: Most apartments do not include utilities with their rent. This is very important and something to keep in mind while you look further into your finances. As you will need to pay rent and utilities monthly, but you also want to ensure you are not spending more than you can afford. To make it easier on yourself, look at your after-tax income and then subtract any reoccurring expenses you may have. This will help you to find a reasonable amount for you to spend on your rent. 

2. Determine Necessities: Think about what you need versus what you want. These two may seem to be the same, but, they’re actually quite different. Amenities such as in-unit washers and dryers are a definite plus, but, having a laundry room in each building will do just as well. Create a check list and find an apartment that may fulfill your wants and needs without blowing your budget.

3. Take a Tour: Pictures speak a thousand words, but, it doesn’t compare to seeing something in person. Tours also allow for one-on-one time with someone who runs the property. Often times it’s the office manager and they have the ability to answer any question you may have about the property and what’s located in the surrounding area.

4. Understand the Lease: Once you’ve found a place you’re likely to be very excited and ready to sign the lease so you can move in. You’re urged to slow down, take a minute and really read over the lease agreement they’ve given you to sign. Prior to signing, if you have a question or are confused by any aspect you are encouraged to ask. It’s better to be clear about what you’re signing than not understand it. 

5. Renters Insurance: You may think that insurance is just for homeowners, but, renters should also get an insurance policy. Even if your apartment does not require renters insurance, it is something to consider. Many times it can be combined with your car insurance payment and will protect your valuables if something were to happen to your apartment. 


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Now that you’ve read our tips, contact Shaker Run Apartments today to schedule your tour of our apartments!

5 Window Treatment Tips That Won’t Damage Your Walls

Shaker Run - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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: For 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!
 

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


Moving? Consider Donating Your Unwanted Items

Shaker Run - Thursday, August 31, 2017
Often times moving means new furniture or appliances; 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 is in an area 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 Shaker Run Apartments your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!


Become More Organized Before Moving

Shaker Run - Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Couple packed and ready to move into their new apartment

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 up 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 only 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. The same can be said for DVDs or CDs, if they haven’t been used in quite a while, it’s time to donate them!
- 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.


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How to Be a Good Neighbor While Renting an Apartment

Shaker Run - Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Group of neighbors talking and eating at a dinner party

Whether you’ve been renting an apartment for a while, or, you’re a new renter, there is a code of conduct that should be followed in order to be an ideal neighbor. Being a good neighbor is a universal language, everyone deserves respect and a peaceful place to live. We have gathered a list of dos and don’ts for your reference and guidance. 


Manners Matter
Since the dawn of time we’ve been told that manners matter and being polite goes a long way. 
Do: Say thank you when you receive help from the Maintenance Staff. Keep in mind that they are doing their job in order to make your living space efficient and to make you feel comfortable. If a neighbor lends a helping hands, or offers to help, thank them and return the favor. You never know, you may need them to pick up your mail while you’re out of town!
Don’t: This one is pretty simple. Don’t forget to be polite and courteous. 


Pay Attention

While living in your apartment, you should get to know your neighbors. You don’t have to be their best friend, but, you should at least know who lives around you.
Do: Pay attention to who is coming and going in your building. If you haven’t seen a neighbor in a while, knock on their door and see if they’re ok.
Don’t: Being aware of your surroundings doesn’t mean you need to be a detective. Put your telescope away unless you’re stargazing!


Noise
Your apartment is your home, and within reason, you should be able to live as you please. However, you do need to be mindful of those around you and your noise level.
Do: Keep your noise to a reasonable level. If you feel as though it may become unreasonable, give your neighbors a friendly heads up beforehand. Maybe you’re having friends over for a big game or a series finale; let your neighbors know the noise might get a little loud. Suggest to them that they may knock on your door, or call you, if they feel it’s disruptive. Better yet, extend an invitation to them!
Don’t: You shouldn’t play loud music late in the evening, and, don’t let your guest get out of control. Be mindful that you are not the only one in the building, some people have children or may work different hours than you and the noise may become disruptive.


Parking
If you don’t park your vehicle in a garage, or you’re having guest, be aware of how and where the vehicle is parked.
Do: Park where you are supposed to, this includes your guests as well. Keeping the vehicle between the lines is ideal as well.
Don’t: The don’ts are something we learn when we first begin driving, but, can sometimes be forgotten. Don’t take up two spots. Park your vehicle in a garage or parking spot, not on the lawn, or other unwarranted space. 


Now that you’ve read the Good Neighbor list, where do you fall? If you feel there are steps you can take to be an ideal neighbor, there’s no better time than the present! 


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

10 Items You Aren’t Responsible for While Renting

Shaker Run - Monday, July 17, 2017

A major perk for renters is having fewer responsibilities than that of homeowners. Be the envy of your home-owning friends with these major perks from Shaker Run. 


1. Maintenance Repairs

While renting, we understand that things do happen, and replacements will need to be made. Renters won’t be responsible for repairs or replacement, unless there has been gross neglect. You are responsible, however, for notifying our Maintenance Staff of the repair request.  


2. Snow Removal
The great northeast is no stranger to snow storms and snow removal. Luckily for you, snow removal is left to us to handle! 


3. School Taxes
Homeowners are required to pay school taxes whether they have children or not. Renters are lucky enough to avoid paying this tax.


4. Lawn Maintenance 

Spend the warmer months enjoying what you love doing as opposed to yard work. Spring clean-up, planting, and mowing are all part of our maintenance plan. 


5. Property Updates
Need a new roof or siding replaced? Not something you need to worry about taking care of while renting with Shaker Run!


6. Replace Flooring
Having new flooring installed can be quite costly for homeowners, making it a wonderful perk for renters. Replacement of flooring, unless there has been gross neglect, is up to Shaker Run for replacement.


7. Pest Control
As winter comes to an end; pests begin to appear again in the lawn. They can be quite the nuisance, but, not one that renters need to handle. 


8. Pavement Upkeep 
Pavement upkeep is another costly expense homeowners may face. This is not the case for renters though! Pavement upkeep falls to the responsibility of Shaker Run.


9. Garbage
While renting, you are responsible for ridding your apartment of garbage and waste, you are not responsible for the garbage being hauled away. 


10. Property Taxes
Yet another cost associated with home-ownership are property taxes, and depending on the area, they can be quite costly. This is an expense incurred by homeowners, and not renters, making it a valuable perk for renters. 


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

How to be a Good Tenant That Every Apartment Complex Will Love

Shaker Run - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Father blow drying daughters hair

When it comes to being a tenant, you, of course, want to be the ideal renter, the one that doesn’t raise any eyebrows or cause any issues. In order to maintain the ‘ideal renter’ status, there are rules to follow and tips to keep in mind.

                             

Rental History

While filling out a rental application, complexes may ask you for your rental history and references. While calling your previous complex managers, or references, they will try to gain as much information about you as possible. Did you maintain your property? Were you ever late in paying the rent? These questions and more are all taken into consideration while your application is looked over. 

Read Your Lease

During the signing process, you will be given your lease to look over and sign. Once it is signed you are stating that you have read, and understand the lease. Prior to signing your acknowledgment, read the lease line by line. If you have any questions, or something is unclear, you are encouraged to ask questions.

Be Respectful

In addition to maintaining your apartment, alerting the management team if there is an issue that needs addressing in a timely fashion makes for a respectful tenant. This is something that can potentially come up with your rental history. Late rental payments, noise complaints, and property damages also have the potential of raising a red flag.

 

Honesty

We’ve heard for most of our lives that ‘honesty is the best policy’ which is true for renters as well. Being upfront and forthcoming during the application process will put everyone in the ideal situation. Falsifying documentation will only hurt you in the long-run.

Cleanliness

While renting, it is your responsibility to maintain the living space. Leaving behind food remnants and splatters can create an issue for the building, apartment, and neighbors. Ensuring your hall is clear of debris and using the proper trash receptacles also helps to make you a clean and respectful tenant.

Following these tips will help to make you the ideal tenant. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, contact us to schedule your tour!


Why Summer is the Best Time to Move

Shaker Run - Friday, June 09, 2017
couple moving into their new apartment during the summer

Summer can be an ideal season for most anyone, the weather is in our favor, school is out, and we can finally take our well-deserved vacations! It’s even an ideal time move into a new apartment.

Weather

In the Northeast we value our seasonal changes, when winter comes to an end we are more than ready for green grass and sunshine. These elements also make it easier to move.

While heat may be slightly uncomfortable, it’s certainly more desirable than the alternative-a blizzard. There’s nothing worse than having a snowstorm hit our area and interrupt your moving time. Not only does it cause headaches, but it can also be dangerous attempting to carry furniture and boxes on wet or snowy walkways. Snow storms may also delay your move completely.

More Availability

Many Americans move between May and September, which means during these months there are numerous apartments available for rent. While this will give you plenty of options while browsing, you shouldn’t wait too long as the apartment you love because someone else could be vying for the same space.

School is Out

Not only is there a higher availability of rental units, but, many families choose to move during the summer months so school time is not disrupted. There can also be a period of adjustment time for kids, this will give them time to adjust and acclimate to their new surroundings.

We know you’ll love living at Shaker Run. Contact us when you’re ready to schedule a tour!


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