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5 Tips From Professionals to Keep Your Fridge Clean

Your refrigerator is the most used appliance! It may also be the largest consumer of energy in your kitchen. Proper maintenance will reduce energy consumption and extend the life of the refrigerator. Here are some care and cleaning tips to prolong the life of your refrigerator.  

Here are common sense ways to declutter and organize your fridge: 
  • Fridge StorageThe front of the middle  rack, near eye-level, is prime refrigerator re al estate. Put priority items there, like leftovers 
    you want eaten soon and healthy snacks. 
  • The back of the fridge is the coldest part. Store milk there, and it will stay fresh longer.

  • Don’t waste fridge space on food that doesn’t need to be chilled. Examples: fresh eggs from backyard chickens (though store-bought eggs do need refrigerating), ketchup, vinegar, jam, mayonnaise, and butter. Put those items in the pantry. You can store fresh eggs in a bowl on the counter for eight weeks.  

  • Never put tomatoes in the fridge, or they’ll get mushy; onions will soften; honey will thicken; potatoes will turn too starchy. Keep onions and potatoes in separate paper bags and store in a cool, dark place (a lower cabinet drawer is great). 
  • Rectangular or square bins are your friends (round bins waste space, so do not use them). Designate one for healthy snacks and another for breakfast foods like bagels and cream cheese. In the freezer, use one big bin for frozen veggies, rather than stuff individual bags into the freezer. 
  • Use plastic placemats as shelf liners, which makes cleanup easier. 
  • Place drippy food, like red meat and seafood, on the bottom shelf. That way it will not drip too far.  
Weekly: 

Use a cloth dampened by warm water to wipe down and remove crumbs and spills from shelves and walls. An all-purpose cleaner will make the job easier and take on stains and sticky spills without a lot of elbow grease. You can also use this cleaner on doors and handles. Use airtight containers to seal in odors and keep food fresher longer. 

If an item is weakly packaged (i.e. fruit cartons) or simply likely to leak (i.e. defrosting meat), place it on a plate before storing. For stainless-steel units: This  cleaning solution and these wipes are specifically designed to remove dirt and fingerprint marks on stainless-steel refrigerators. While wiping, it’s best to follow the “grain” or pattern of the stainless steel. 

Monthly:  

The gasket is the rubber seal that outlines your refrigerator and freezer doors. It’s an often overlooked part that has the critical job of sealing out warm air. Clean it periodically with a universal cleaner such as  Goo Gone. Over time, gaskets wear and no longer seal the way refrigerators and freezers need to operate efficiently. 

It is common for gaskets to weaken, loosen and tear within just a few years. When this happens, warm air enters the interior of the refrigerator or freezer, making it work harder to remove the heat. That means more energy consumed and higher bills for you. Fortunately, gasketsare inexpensive and usually very easy to replace.  

Empty Ice: Ice can absorb freezer odors and form solid blocks in the bottom of bins. To keep ice loose and smelling sweet, empty ice bins monthly and start fresh; put an open box of odor-sucking baking soda in the freezer. 

6-12 Months: 

Freshen and remove odors with a deodorizer that is specifically designed for refrigerators. According to the manufacturer, this deodorizer is up to 50 times more effective than baking soda for eliminating food odors. It lasts up to six months. 

Condenser coils are responsible for removing heat from refrigerators and freezers. They’re the large, radiator-like coils located at the back or beneath the unit. When dust and dirt cling to the coils, it’s harder for the refrigerator to remove heat. The result is increased energy consumption. Without regular cleaning, this can lead to problems and costly repairs. Use this long-handled bristle brush and a vacuum to easily and efficiently clean off the coils. Follow your refrigerator owner’s manual for specific instructions related to it.  

Manual-defrost refrigerator/freezers When frost has accumulated on the inside walls of the freezer to a thickness of one half inch (or a little more than one centimeter) or so, remove the food from the refrigerator/freezer, turn off the thermostat or unplug the unit, and allow all of the frost to melt. Once the frost has melted completely, turn the unit back on, wait for it to reach its operating temperature, and restock it with food. 

Self-defrosting refrigerator/freezers If you have a self-defrosting refrigerator, you don’t need to do anything. Every six to eight hours, your refrigerator heats up its cooling coils slightly to melt any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer. 

Though the water evaporates, you’ll need to periodically clean the pan to avoid odors and bacteria growth. Use warm water and a small amount of detergent to clean it out. Your owner’s manual will provide specific instructions related to this but on most models, you can access the pan by detaching the lower grill and sliding out the pan. 

Fun Fact: November 15th is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.

Tips: 
  1. Think first and open later.Many people open the refrigerator door to see or seek inspiration for what to cook. This is a serious mistake, because this action generates a loss of up to 7% of the cold temperature inside the device, which will cause unnecessary energy expenditure.  
  2. Cold is better.Many brands suggest the ideal temperature at which the refrigerator should be kept; this information can be found in the appliance’s operating instructions manual. However, if you did not read them or you lost them, we can tell you that it is best to set it between 4 or 5 degrees Celsius. 
  3. Not too hot. It is important to remember not to put hot foods in the refrigerator. 
  4. Set the right temperature. Keep the fridge between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at 0 degrees. 
  5. Be prepared. If the power goes out, keep the doors closed and use foods from the pantry. An unopened refrigerator will keep food safe for four hours; a freezer will maintain its temperature for 48 hours if full and 24 hours if half full.

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Go & Explore The Western Edge

From nature and recreation to history and family fun, Dickinson and the surrounding areas have it covered!  
Explore Nature

If you are interested in hiking, trailing and sight seeing, the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are a must. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park located near Medora, ND is open year-round with campgrounds available and dining nearby. The hiking trails will take you to another world where you can expect to see wildlife and natures beautiful garden. 

For a more relaxed approach, wildlife viewing is available from the comfort of your own vehicle. A wide variety of animals such as bison, mule and white-tailed deer, elk, longhorns, horses, prairie dogs, birds and snakes are exciting to see while in their natural habitat.  

Golf & More

The Heart River Golf Course located near Patterson Lake in Dickinson is a great way to get out with family or friends and enjoy the outdoors! With an 18-hole, 72 par layout and Lake Patterson as the view, you cannot go wrong! If golfing isn’t for you, you can still stop in for a delicious meal and a refreshing drink! 

Walk Through History with Dinosaurs

With triceratops skulls on display, fossils of bones and teeth, eggs and baby dinosaurs and hands-on science exhibits, Dickinson’s Badlands Dinosaur Museum is a place to explore and imagine. Exhibits offer background and research as well as the exploration process. Open year-round, Badlands Dinosaur Museum is open to seniors, adults and children. Want to take the whole family? Great news, groups of 10 or more may receive a discounted rate. 

Rest & Relaxation

Lake Sakakawea covering a wide area of north western and central North Dakota is a great day or weekend trip for fun with the whole family. With miles of shoreline there is opportunity to sun bathe, rock hunt, swim in the lake, shore fish and just explore! 

Take your boat, kayak or canoe and you’re able to explore the waves and find a fishing hole just right for you. Walleye, northern pike, catfish, bass and perch are just a few of the many fish you can expect to hook onto. At the end of the evening, pitch a tent, start a bonfire and cook up the catch of the day while you enjoy some rest and relaxation in nature.

Obviously, there are still social distancing measures which need to be practiced. Before taking off on your adventures around Dickinson, please visit the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau for current travel updates. https://www.visitdickinson.com/.

Roers is proud to be a part of the Dickinson community. We have an office, construction crews, manage properties and raise families there. Dickinson and the surrounding areas are filled with sights to see, places to go and people to see – get out there and explore and enjoy all the fun family options nearby!

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Its Moving Time!

Let’s face it moving is not the most fun thing to do. You never know how much stuff you really have until you have to pack it all up to bring it somewhere else. It seems your possessions multiply when you start getting ready to pack. We want to make sure you are geared up with some simple moving tips to help you.

If you are feeling slightly overwhelmed with an upcoming move, we are here to help. The Roers Property Management team are experts when it comes to helping people move in and move out. 

Here are some tips and tricks to get you on the move as stress free as possible.  

  • Boxes! You need so many boxes when you are packing up, and they’re expensive! Don’t go out and buy cardboard boxes. First try your local recycling drop off, you may find all of the moving boxes you need right there. Don’t forget to recycle them (again) when you are done. Some other great places you might find boxes would be, bookstores, liquor stores, and Craigslist, just to name a few!  
  • Heavy furniture? Moving heavy furniture is the hard work! Especially when it isn’t coming with to your new home. Instead of having to haul the heavy furniture yourself to the nearest land fill, call your local donation center. You can schedule a donation pick up with them, they will come and take all the items that you don’t want to move and bring them to donate for you. This will save you so much time and energy on your move plus you are giving back to your local community, way to go!  
  • Declutter as you pack. Packing is a great time to also throw out those odds and ends that you have kept forever but haven’t touched since you put them there. Ask yourself, do I need this in my new home? If the answer is no, don’t bring it! Only pack away what you want to bring, anything else you can donate or toss, that way you are saving time packing, hauling and unpacking!  
  • Organize your boxes! Pack your home one room at a time, this way you can unpack the easiest! Color code your boxes as you pack them, use different colored sticky notes and tape them down as you seal each box. For example, you finished packing your kitchen box, put a green sticky note on top of the box and tape it closed! That way you know green is for the kitchen! 

We are hopful these tips help you when you are busy packing and preparing for a move. We wish you all the best and for a stress-free move! A Roers Property Ambassador is available to help you with more details on additional moving tips, feel free to contact us today.

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Rent With Roers

Often on our social media posts, swag items, and other fun stuff we put out into the community, you might see our slogan: “Rent with Roers”. But it’s important to know why we think you should rent with us!

Here are the top 10 reasons to Rent with Roers:

  1. Our Awesome Team – We have a team that goes above and beyond every week to make sure our residents are happy & satisfied. They work incredibly hard to make sure every list is checked and end is tied and they continue to want to learn more and more to become even better at what they do. We are so thankful for them. Roers Property Management wouldn’t be what it is today without the work they’ve done! 
  2. The Amenities – When you think of amenities, what comes to mind? In-unit laundry, fitness center, elevators, walk-in closets, personal bathroom, basketball court, pool table, swimming pool & hot tub, underground parking, free internet, garbage disposal, study rooms? That’s what we think of. That’s what our Roers properties offer our residents. It’s reason #2 to rent with Roers… because the amenities make all the difference.
  3. The Incentives – Residents have had the opportunity to receive $5,000 cash, a Roomba, a Google Home, a Bose Speaker, Airpods, prize packages, and gift cards to SCHEELS, Target, and tons more. We love getting to do this for our residents. It means a lot to us when they choose to live with us!
  4. Your Car will Thank You! – If you’re living in North Dakota, you know how cold it gets…. and you know how *not* fun it is in the morning on your way to work or school to scrape off your car or wait for it to heat up in -45 degree weather. Treat your car better than that! Each of our Roers properties offers either a heated underground parking garage or an attached garage so your car can stay nice and warm during the winter! This is a big reason to rent with Roers.
  5. Resident Events – Our team usually like to put on events for our residents every single month. We held over 300 total events for our residents in 2019! With the pandemic making it hard for us to gather and meet in person, our team has still stayed creative in ways to engage and interact with our residents. It’s one of our favorite parts of what we do.
  6. Living Close to NDSU – Because of our properties’ close proximity to NDSU and the Fargodome… many of our residents are students! It’s convenient to live somewhere that is so close to where you need to go every day. And that’s why it’s reason #6 to rent with Roers. Don’t spend that money on a parking pass when you can just walk instead!
  7. You’ll Make Friends – Sometimes our properties are like little mini communities. When we have our resident events or fun things going on in the building – you might become familiar with your fellow residents or neighbors. Many have made friends though that! 
  8. Ability to Pay Rent Online – Who even has a checkbook anymore, right? When you’re a Roers resident, you don’t really need one because we allow everything to be done online. And many of our properties are all-inclusive – which means you pay one single bill a month for everything. It’s such a nice perk!
  9. 24/7 Maintenance – Reason #9 is a huge one… our maintenance crew! We have a team of guys that are on call basically 24 hours and are there to fix just about anything. We truly couldn’t function without them! We understand things go wrong in units and we have the best team that knows what to do in a short amount of time. We love them!
  10. The Premier Service – The final reason why we think you should rent with Roers… the premier service. Roers strives to provide premier service to each and every resident. It’s part of our culture and who we are. It’s the 9 other reasons all combined. The team, the details, the above and beyond, the connection. All of it is our premier service to you.

If you would like to #rentwithroers then give us a call at 701-356-RENT and we would love to tell you more about what we do, the properties we manage, or set up a private tour! Check out all of our properties online now.

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First Apartment Essentials

Moving into your first apartment is so exciting. The feeling of finally being on your own, having freedom, and truly getting to call a space yours. It’s one of the best parts about being in Property Management, because we get to watch our residents sign their lease and move in to their new home.

However, it’s important this brand new place of yours is stocked with the essentials. We have put together the ultimate first apartment checklist, so you are aware of the must-haves when it’s time to move in.

Bedroom essentials:

  • Mattress
  • Bed frame
  • Mattress protector
  • Sheets & bedding
  • Spare set of sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blanket
  • Nightstand
  • Desk lamp
  • Dresser
  • Full-length mirror
  • Door hooks
  • Under-bed organizer
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Phone charger
  • TV

Bathroom essentials:

  • Bath towels
  • Bathmat
  • Shower organizer
  • Soap dispenser
  • Shower curtain, liner & hooks
  • Toilet plunger & brush
  • Trash can

Kitchen essentials:

  • Pots & pans
  • Chef’s knife
  • Bread knife
  • Tongs
  • Baking sheets
  • Silicone spatula
  • Colander
  • Wooden spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Oven mitts

Living Room essentials:

  • Couch
  • Chair
  • Coffee table
  • Coasters
  • Side table
  • TV
  • TV stand
  • Streaming device
  • Lamp/lighting
  • Blanket

Misc. essentials:

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Vacuum
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Rugs
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Property Highlight – Roosevelt Townhomes

Do you want to love where you live?! Then the Roosevelt Townhomes are the place for you!

Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Neighborhood in North Fargo, these three-story spacious three-bedroom, two-bathroom units have so much to offer you.

Enter the unit and you will be greeted with a tandem two car garage, and entry leading you to the open floor plan of the main level. This level will feature one bedroom, one full bathroom, the kitchen, living room and a hall storage closet. Up one more level, and you will find both bedrooms two, and three, another full bath and more hallway storage, as well as the full-sized washer and dryer that are included in every unit!

The Roosevelt Townhomes are all inclusive! That means, all utilities are included! No need to worry about fluctuating bills, starting, or ending service. You just pay your rent every month and the rest is taken care of. Its so easy and convenient!  Utilities include, water, sewer, garbage, heat, electricity, air conditioning, and internet.

Living at the Roosevelt townhomes you will get 24-hour access to our online portal to pay rent and enter work orders, 24-hour emergency maintenance, and management just a phone call away. Pet friendly units are also available to accommodate those with furry roommates!

Don’t wait, schedule a showing to view these amazing homes today to call one yours! Plus ask about our specials. Call 701-356-RENT now!

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Do Not Stress Over Moving Out

Moving out can be stressful, and we are so sad to see you go, but don’t stress out and follow these tips to a successful move out! 

  1. Don’t forget to check your email! We will be sending you a move out packet with cleaning checklists and information on carpet cleaning, as well as a sign up link to pick your move out time. Getting a move out time scheduled is on a first-come first-served basis, so make sure you check your email for those updates! 
  2. Use the cleaning checklist that is provided in your move out packet, that way you will know for sure what we are looking for at move out to avoid any additional cleaning charges. These checklists also provide replacement/cleaning charges. 
  3. Do not take your keys or your parking passes with you, make sure they are present at the time of checkout. If you are unable to be present at the time of your checkout, contact the office to work with us on turning in your keys and parking passes so you don’t get charged for them! 
  4. The carpets in your unit need to be professionally steam cleaned before your check out, so make sure to get that scheduled a few weeks in advance! We recommend having them steam cleaned at least a full 12 hours before your check out appointment. 
  5. Don’t forget to check your unit for burnt out light bulbs, dead batteries in the smoke detector, and to check the drip pans on your stove. Replace the burnt out bulbs and dead batteries and clean the drip pans to avoid additional move out charges. 
  6. When it comes to moving out, it is a great idea to bring your own cart or other moving supplies. Some of our properties do conveniently have carts, but you don’t want to have to wait on your neighbors to do what you need to do! 
  7. If you are present for your check out, bring some cleaning wipes or a spray bottle and paper towels with you! Moving out is overwhelming and when you’re cleaning you may miss some spots that need to be grabbed. No need to be charged for them, clean them while we finish your check out! 
  8. Have an old couch you don’t want anymore? Did you break that mirror trying to move it out of your room? We will have a roll-off dumpster provided at the properties for you to throw away your excess move out waste! For this reason, the garbage rooms and garbage shoots will be closed.  
  9. Your security deposit return will be one check that is returned to all leaseholders, so make sure you choose which roommate will be in charge of getting the check mailed to them. 
  10. Confused about the process or having issues with anything? That’s what the property ambassadors are here for, never hesitate to call us or come down to the office, we are here to help you! 

We hope these are some helpful tips as you think about moving. For Roers residents in North Fargo, please contact us about our VIP Checkout Experience. This is a program that will let you move out with NO stress! Contact a Property Ambassador for more details at propertyambassadors@roers.com. 

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Simple Tips for Common Residential Maintenance

Have a maintenance question but not sure if its something that you can fix? Here are some commonly asked questions of our maintenance crew members that are easy things you can check before you may need to call for someone to come and check out the issue.

1. There is no power.

  • Check your fuse box. You may have overloaded and trip the breaker. Check whether or not one has been tripped and reset if needed.
  • Check appliances. Unplug them all if needed. Retry the power again.
  • Contact your electrical company. There may be a trouble call in the area and your unit isn’t the only one affected.

2. The lights aren’t working.

  • Try to replace the light bulb.
  • Check your fuse box. You may have overloaded and tripped the breaker.

3. The garbage disposal is not working.

  • Check whether it is turned on at the switch underneath the sink.
  • Make sure it is plugged in.
  • Reset the safety switch. It is a small red or black button underneath the bottom of the garbage disposal unit.
  • There may be a blockage in the sink. Make sure the unite is turned off and unplugged before you try to check for blockages. 

4. The smoke detector keeps chirping in my unit.

  • You will want to replace the 9 volt battery that is inside the unit that is chirping.
  • Once the battery has been replaced, press  and hold the test button to the unit to sync with the other smoke detectors in the unit.

5. The dryer is not working.

  • Dryers can automatically shut down due to overload of lint in the filter. Check whether or not the filter needs to be cleaned out.

6. There is an odor in the washing machine.

  • Pour two cups of white vinegar into the drum, then run a normal cycle at high heat—without any clothes. The vinegar should break up any residue stuck to your drum and kill any mold that might be present and help remove any foul odors.
Hopefully these tips will help you with your troubleshooting. If you still need assistance on these or other maintenance issues, please contact Roers Property Residential Maintenance by submitting an online maintenance request.
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A Day in the Life of a Property Ambassador

Being a Property Ambassador is no easy job, however it can be so rewarding each and every day. Some of the best times are knowing you have helped someone find their new home where they are going to grow as a family, in their professional life, or finish a degree.

There is no day that is the same in the life of a Property Ambassador. Everyday they are the go-to person for handling phone calls with prospect tenants and ensuring they receive all information about the property prior to making a decision.  They  give tours, both in person or virtual and are available for open houses.

Property Ambassadors are the go-to person for current residents. Sometimes they are there for residents when they just want to talk. You’ll find them at resident events as well getting to know residents and making sure they feel at home.

When Property Ambassadors were asked about a few favorite things about their job, the most common response was the connections made. Every time, if it is talking to a current resident or a prospective resident they are making a connection with them, getting to know them or just a listening ear to hear their story.  

Another highlight mentioned by Property Ambassadors is that moment where you look at the prospective tenant who just signed a lease for their new home and they have the biggest smile across their face. It is a wonderful feeling helping a resident complete a big step in their life if it is from their first apartment on their own, or just being able to give them a new home.

The Property Ambassadors at Roers are friendly , provide premier service and want what is best for residents and future residents. They look forward each day to help people out in one way or another. 

  

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The Value of Renters Insurance

So, what’s the deal with renters insurance and why do property management companies make their residents have it? According to Julia Kagan, a contributor at Investopedia, “renters insurance is property insurance that provides coverage for a policyholder’s belongings, liabilities and possibly living expenses in case of a loss event.” A property management company, like Roers Property Management Residential, requires residents of its properties to obtain renters insurance because the team truly cares and wants the people who make their homes with them to have the best possible experience while living in any of their communities. Since none of us can predict if a neighbor might turn their heat off when they head out of town during the winter causing the pipes to burst, or when they might overflow the bathtub or have an accidental kitchen fire. Or even worse situation is if you are the one that has the accident.  Renters insurance is a way to protect residents from incurring the expenses that might go along with those unfortunate events.

One of the great things about renters insurance is that it is incredibly affordable and often less than $20 a month. In our experience, most insurance companies will lower the rates, if you bundle other policies, such as auto insurance with it. To make sure everyone is covered, Roers Property Management, requires all residents to be named on an insurance policy, whether they have a joint policy or if you each have your own separate policy. A big part of that is because if only one person is named on the policy and a roommate is responsible for damages within the rental unit, the insurance company will likely not want to cover the damages for someone who is not named as an insured.

The Roers Property Management team members often get questions about whether homeowners insurance policy that their parents or family may have can be extended to the rental unit.  You will need to check with the insurance carrier and find out what the best solution will be for you. Some things to consider when making that decision are:

  • How an insurance claim might impact the insurance premiums for the homeowner, should a claim need to be filed.
  • The cost of the deductible, should a claim need to be filed.

It is important that you don’t make a decision thinking it will save you money while you’re living at the property, when it might cost you more in the long run. Your homeowners insurance premiums may go up due to a claim stemming from a neighbor or because the deductible is so high that it doesn’t make sense to file a claim and now you’re stuck with over $1,000 in out of pocket expenses.

Ensuring that residents have renters insurance coverage is so important to Roers Property Management that our team requires residents to provide proof of renters insurance for all residents prior to moving in. So that means if your roommate is not moving in for a week or two after you, he or she needs to make sure to turn their renters insurance in to management before you can move in too.

 While we are not experts on insurance, we’ve seen firsthand how important it is for our residents when they’ve needed it, so be sure to connect with a Property Ambassador about requirements for your rental unit and with your insurance agent on finding the perfect coverage for you.