Keep Your WiFi Secure In Your New Apartment

The Woodlands - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Renting an apartment, whether it’s your first or not, comes with a lot of responsibilities! After setting up your utilities and getting moved in, it's time to take care of a security task - protecting your home WiFi network. 


Why Do I Need to Worry About Secure WiFi?


In short: because you don't want other people using your WiFi, for many reasons. One of the most obvious is that you don't want anyone else sucking up your bandwidth and slowing down your internet speeds. However, there are major security risks, as well. 


With just a little work, anyone can get into an unsecured network. When someone is in your network, they can:


- Monitor your web activity. When this is happening, the unauthorized individual can not only read your emails and see which sites you visit, they can also steal any of your log-in and personal information that you input online.
- View all of your files on your computer
- Spread a virus on your computer. 
- Use your internet connection to perform illegal activity.
- Use your accounts to send spam to all of your contacts.


How Do I Keep The WiFi In My Apartment Safe?


There are two simple ways to make sure that your router is secure: 


Change Your Preset Name: Every router comes with a preset name, which includes the factory name of the router. The problem with this is that if any potential hackers want to get into your router, they will be able to easily identify vulnerabilities with your network, based on their knowledge of the router model. 

Change The Password: Routers also come with a factory password. Again, a hacker knows what router you're using, they can easily guess the password, as well. While you're at it, make sure your password is something unique and difficult to guess! Tip: Avoid pet names (or your own name!) and any combination that make be easy to figure out. 


How Do I Change My WiFi’s Name And Password?


Changing your network name and password are fairly simple tasks. Once you identify the kind of router you have, simple look on the company's website for instructions on how to change your information.


That's it! Now, all you need is the perfect first apartment! 


Contact The Woodlands

Our community is conveniently located in the heart of Latham with a close proximity to the Adirondack Northway, Rt. 7 and Rt. 155 as well as the New York State Thruway. Restaurants, hospitals, professional buildings and so much more are just moments away! Our residents also have the luxury of 24/7 maintenance, state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pool, as well as a private entrance to their home. Schedule your tour today!

3 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks From The Woodlands

The Woodlands - Friday, March 30, 2018

The temperatures are beginning to pick up and the warmer weather is just on the horizon which makes this the perfect time to get your spring cleaning done (or at least underway). We’ve gathered a list of 3 tips and tricks to help you make your way through the dust and clutter! 

3 Spring Cleaning Tips

1. Reduce, reuse, recycle: the three R’s don’t just pertain to what we do with our empty bottles and cardboard boxes. Reduce the amount of paper towels you use while cleaning windows and mirrors, or better yet, replace your paper towels with a reusable cloth. If you’re getting rid of items you no longer use, consider donating them to help your community rather than disposing of them. 
2. Freshen up your space: Our homes can get so musty during the winter months. When the temperatures begin to rise and you can turn your heat off, open up your windows to air out your space! While the windows are open you can take that time to give them a good cleaning as well. Warmer weather also creates the opportune time to take your duvet, rugs, and blankets outside to air out!
3. Don’t get overwhelmed: Spring cleaning can be a big task to take on, but, it doesn’t have to be. Unless you’re planning a gathering of friends and family, take your time and chip away at the process. Set goals for yourself and then once they’re reached, take a break!


When it comes time to clean, we hope you find these tips to be useful for you!  If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share, let us know on Facebook (@thewoodlandsoflatham). Or, if your goal this spring is to find a new place to call home, schedule a tour ; we’re sure you’ll love what you see!

4 Quick Tips to Save Space While Renting

The Woodlands - Thursday, March 01, 2018

How many times have you started reading a blog about maximizing your space, only to realize their suggested solutions won’t actually work for you? Whether it’s installing shelving units, or suspending your pans from the kitchen ceiling, not every solution is viable for your space. 

Space Saving Tips For Renters

Maximize your floor space: Whether you live in one of our one bedroom or even one of our 3 bedroom apartments , floor space can be a hot commodity. Lofted beds, for example, are a great piece for a child’s bedroom. This allows for plenty of space for a desk to do their homework without overcrowding the floor.  


Small tool kitchen storage: While renting, you may find that the kitchen space or layout isn’t completely what you desire. Investing in organizational containers, stand-alone shelves, or even tension rods will allow you the ability to customize your kitchen to fit your needs. 


Invest in baskets: Decorative baskets serve a higher purpose than simply looking nice. Baskets can be tucked into the corner of a room while holding extra throw blankets. If your kitchen cabinets don’t rest up against the ceiling, this creates an ideal place for decorative baskets that hold items you aren’t using on a regular basis but can’t seem to part with. 


Embrace the decorative ladder: Whether you’re aiming for a country feel, or a mid-century vibe, ladders have found their way into our homes and out of storage. Depending on where you want your ladder to live will vary how it’s used for storage. From blankets and throws, to bookshelves (if the rungs are wide enough) ladders create storage that is both unique and purposeful. 


Perhaps you’ve simply run out of space in your apartment and you’re in need of a new place to call home. Contact us today and schedule a tour! The Woodlands is in the heart of Latham, and offers luxurious living spaces for all of our residents. We’re sure to have a place you’d love to call your home.  

Grow Your Own Herbs In Your Apartment

The Woodlands - Friday, February 23, 2018

Gardening is a hobby that many enjoy; even those who reside in apartments can get in on the fun with! All you need is one or two sunny windows at The Woodlands to get started. 

What Herbs Can I Grow Inside?


For an indoor garden, it’s best to stick to herbs that won’t become overgrown, or grow too quickly. Kitchen staples such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley are a must-have for every garden. Remember – starting with seeds is less expensive; however, they require more attention and may take a few months before you are able to reap the benefits. 


How to Manage Your Plants:

Start with your containers. You can opt to plant multiple plants in a large container that is at least 6-12 inches deep. You can also use individual pots that are at least 6 inches for each plant. If you’re starting with seeds, you can use any small container, and transport the plants into larger containers once they are between 2 – 4 inches tall. Finally, you’ll want to ensure that your containers have drainage holes and are sitting on a saucer or similar dish that will hold the drainage water. 


When transporting your plants to a new container, be sure to use potting mix instead of garden soil, which makes it more difficult for the water to pass through after time. Create a 2-3 inch layer of potting mix at the bottom of your container, before gently loosening the roots to flare out your plant, and gently place it into the new container. Finish filling in the container with potting mix, leaving just an inch or so free at the top for water. Water your plant immediately after transporting it to its new container. 


Do not overwater your plants. The best way to test whether or not your plant needs to be watered is to gently poke your finger into the soil. If the soil is dry an inch or two into the container, give it some water. Watering slowly is best; you’ll want to watch the bottom of the container, and stop watering once water starts to leave the container and drain into the saucer below. 


Pruning (or snipping) your plants will encourage healthy growth. Snipping the tips off of basil, rosemary, and similar plants will encourage the plant to branch more. With your cilantro and parsley – which are bushier – you can remove entire stems from the outer edge of the plant to encourage new growth. 


Once you’ve started your indoor herb garden, you’ll be able to use the herbs as soon as you see new growth! Don’t let apartment living stop you from growing your own herbs. Impress your friends with your green thumb and have some great meals made with fresh herbs!

Winter Events for Everyone in the Capital Region

The Woodlands - Thursday, February 01, 2018
We might be in the middle of a blistery cold winter, but, that doesn't mean you have to be stuck inside your home all season. During the month of February albany.com has something scheduled every week! Events such as ice skating, basketball games, a wine and chocolate festival, and everything in between - there's fun for the whole family throughout the Capital Region no matter if you prefer to be indoors or outdoors!

Indoor Fun in the Capital Region:


Siena Men's Basketball Games: Head to the Times Union Center on February 2nd to show your support for the Siena Men's Basketball team as they take on Manhattan. Unable to make that game? That's okay! The Saints will be back at it on February 12th at the Times Union Center to take on Iona, and then again on February 18th to take on Monmouth.


Wine and Chocolate Festival: Who doesn't love the classic combination of wine and chocolate? You won't want to miss this event on February 10th at The Desmond Hotel in Albany!


Children's Star Sighting: February 17th the Henry Hudson Planetarium is hosting an event suitable for kids in grades pre-k through second grade. Children's Star Sighting is an interactive program that allows children to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations in the night sky.


Longfellows Wedding Show: Are you, or someone you know, planning a wedding? Head to Longfellows on February 25th for The Longfellows Wedding Show. This is their 18th year hosting the event. 


Outdoor Fun in the Capital Region:


Fire and Ice Days at The Mill/Ice Bar: Spend an evening relaxing at a 30-foot ice bar or have some fun using the ice-sculpted shuffleboard at The Mill/Ice Bar in Round Lake. The Ice Bar will be open each weekend throughout the month of February. There will even be fire pits to keep you toasty while enjoying the ice. 


Clifton Park Winterfest:
The Town of Clifton Park is hosting their annual Winterfest on February 10th with events for the whole family! Face painting, Best Soup contest, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a winter nature tour – there's plenty for everyone. 


Youth Hockey: Do you know a child who is interested in learning how to play hockey? Get them started for free on February 24th at the Empire State Plaza. The event is hosted by USA Hockey and Troy Albany Youth Hockey. 


These are only a few of the events happening throughout the Capital Region during the month of February! With so much happening, there's no reason to feel the winter blues.


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Looking for a new place to call home? Contact The Woodlands and schedule a tour. We're sure to have a place you will love!

Do Your Yoga Workout at Home This Year

The Woodlands - Friday, January 26, 2018

You don’t have to go to your yoga studio in order to get your workout completed for the day! Create your own makeshift studio in the privacy of your own home in a few minutes with these easy steps.

How to Create Your Own Yoga Studio

1. Designate an Area for Yoga: To be serious about doing yoga at home, you need to create an area specifically for yoga. This will become your “studio”. Whether you use a curtain or wall divider to separate your space, it’s important to have a designated area to keep you motivated. You can even use a piece of furniture that you already have such as coffee table, or even if there’s ample room between your couch and the wall!
2. Stock up on Instructional Videos: Unless you’re a professional instructor, you may find it easier to have videos on hand to guide you through your routine. There are many different techniques which all serve different purposes. Before committing, do some research to find the routine best suited for you!
3. Start Your Routine: Many of us are creatures of habit, so that tends to make it easier to stick to a routine. Whether you prefer to do yoga first thing in the morning to start your day, or if you’d rather use it to wind down at the end of the day, find what works for you and stick to it.


With the spacious living areas of each apartment at The Woodlands, you will find creating your own yoga studio isn’t difficult at all. If you want to add more to your routine, head to our fitness center!


Not a resident at The Woodlands yet? Contact us today to schedule a tour! You’ll be calling us home before you know it. 

Start 2018 with a New Home at The Woodlands

The Woodlands - Monday, January 08, 2018

The Woodlands has created a rural-like community with so many perks and amenities you’ll be ready to call us your home sooner rather than later. Located in Latham, NY we’re minutes away from shopping, dining, hospitals and much more! 

Benefits of Living at The Woodlands

Our residents enjoy a high level of comfort while living in one of our many layouts. We offer one, two, or three-bedroom luxury apartments. Each of our apartments has large walk-in closets installed, programmable thermostat for center air and gas heat, private patio or balcony, and so much more!


Some of our other amenities include:

Private Entry: Safety is a top priority for our entire staff which is why our buildings are equipped with secure entrances.
Fitness Center: Skip driving to the gym and head to our state-of-the-art fitness center. 
Washer/Dryer Hook Ups: Each unit has washer/dryer hook ups already installed so you can have your own machines installed. You’ll never have to go to the laundromat again!
Open Floor Concept: Our units offer open floor concepts so the kitchen, dining room, and living room flow seamlessly. 


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To hear more about what The Woodlands has to offer our residents, and to schedule a tour, we encourage you to contact us!

4 Renter-Friendly Ways to Use Wallpaper

The Woodlands - Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Have you ever spotted a roll of wallpaper that you fell in love with but weren’t sure how to incorporate it in your home without putting it on your walls? We have the tips and ideas you’ve been searching for! 


Frame It: Wallpaper doesn’t have to mean floor to ceiling; you can use it as an accent piece hanging on your wall. Find a frame (or frames) you love, jot down the size(s) and head to the hardware store. Once you find the perfect pattern, purchase enough to fill your frame. Since it will hang on your wall, you can easily switch it out for another pattern or design to flow with the seasons. 

Add It To Furniture: Flea markets and thrift shops are a great place to find pieces that call for a little DIY makeover. Choose a piece that will fit in your living room, office, or bedroom and find some wallpaper that will work well on the piece while tying together the room. 

Customize A Clock: This will work especially well if you have wallpaper leftover from your furniture DIY project. Any home goods, or hardware, store you walk through will have a plain clock waiting for a new face! Hang the clock on a wall opposite from your covered furniture to create more texture in your space.

Line Shadowbox Shelves: If you have incorporated box shelves into your home either for function or decoration, this gives you an added opportunity for more texture and eye catching pieces.  


You’ve heard our ideas, now go out there and create new pieces for your home! 


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Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact The Woodlands today to schedule a tour!

5 Holiday Hosting Tips Everyone Needs

The Woodlands - Monday, December 04, 2017
We’re in the midst of the holiday season and there are still plenty of opportunities to host holiday dinners, gatherings, and cocktail parties. Whether this is your first time or you’ve hosted for the holidays before, it’s always nice to be prepared.


1. Consider the Dinner Set: The holiday season is a special time of year which makes it the perfect time to use your good china. Whether it’s something you inherited from your great grandparents or a nice set you bought specifically for the season, take it out of the cupboard and make sure it’s in tip-top shape for your guests!

2. Beverages: Take your guests into consideration while creating your beverage menu. Some people prefer wine with dinner while others don’t consume alcohol. Having a variety of options will help your guests feel at home. As the host, you can even ask your guests to bring their favorite beverage to share with everyone. This will give your guests something to discuss other than the typical topics. 

3. Centerpiece or Tablescape: We’re not saying either of these are a must-have for your holiday gathering, but, it certainly brings some festive cheer to the table! Whether it’s a modern piece, an old classic, or something DIY, a centerpiece or tablescape can take your table from “ho-hum” to “oh wow”! 

4. Linens and Place Settings: Gather your items together well before your planned gathering date. This will give you enough time to get everything washed and prepped. It will also give you time to prepare for the inevitable “surprise guest”; everybody knows someone who forgets to RSVP or brings someone with them! 

5. The Menu: Above all else, plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list and head to the store! This will help cut down on forgotten items or buying something you already have. Much like the beverages, having a variety that will satisfy all of your guests would be ideal. You can also ask them to bring a favorite dish to share with everyone!


We hope you found these 5 holiday hosting tips helpful and you can incorporate them into your party this season! 

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If you’re looking for a new place to call home, contact The Woodlands and schedule a tour!


The Benefits of a Maintenance Staff at The Woodlands

The Woodlands - Thursday, November 16, 2017

An added benefit to renting an apartment from The Woodlands is our superior maintenance staff. While many apartment complexes have a maintenance staff, ours has the added benefit of being onsite when you need them. From drain issues to snow removal; our team has you covered.

Our maintenance staff is able to assist with the items listed below and many more!

Clogged drains
Leaks
Repair/replacement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Snow removal (Out of town and there’s a snow storm? Let us know!)
Broken/inoperative heating or air conditioning systems
Emergency maintenance – any circumstance that is harmful to human life or the property will be taken care of immediately, even after hours!

Additionally, our maintenance staff performs yearly preventative inspections to ensure issues are taken care of in a timely and professional manner. 

Our maintenance staff can be reached by phone (518-783-7847) or by filling out our Maintenance Request Form. In the event where emergency after hours maintenance is necessary, please call 518-640-2616. 
In the event that you need assistance with a task such as changing a light bulb, or the batteries in your smoke detector, our staff will be happy to come assist you!

For more information, or to schedule a tour of our beautiful apartments contact The Woodlands today!
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