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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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Maximizing Workplace Safety

At Roers, the bare minimum is never enough and that is how we treat safety as well.  Our safety program is more than just words in a manual, it is how we do business. Safety is engrained in our core values and it is how we work. Roers stands out in the construction industry because we go above and beyond OSHA requirements, we strive for an injury free work environment. Roers is a strong believer in OSHA’s Mission: To ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Safety is supported by all in our company from our CEO down to our newest employee. Roers has three safety committees that work with each company entity to help guide our safety program.

When you see a Roers job site you will notice our team members have all the safety PPE on. We choose our subcontractor carefully as well to ensure they respect and abide by our safety practices. Working together is how everyone stays safe. Andrew St. John, is the Safety Manager at Roers. Andrew’s main responsibility is to ensure team members have a safe work environment and that they work safe.  Andrew is a certified CPR first-aid trainer and Certified Equipment trainer. He also conducts an annual safety training. Andrew performs job site inspections on a regular basis and works with the Bismarck State College OSHA consult program to insure Roers is compliant with OSHA regulations. He also manages workman’s compensation claims, in the unfortunate event that is needed, and helps coordinate our involvement in the WSI safety management system.

Andrew commented, “I enjoy getting to work closely with everyone in the company to help get them home the same way they came to work. I love helping people avoid injuries and I love being part of the Roers family!” Maximizing every opportunity to ensure safety procedures are followed whether on the job site, at a property or in the office setting is something you can expect when working with Roers.

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Providing Homes to Cape Coral Community

The Cape at Savona Point is still under construction, however some residents are getting settled in to the buildings that are completed. So how did this project come about? We wanted to share how Roers is helping provide new homes to the community of Cape Coral some and interesting insights the team worked through as the project was in the initial stages.

The development team became aware of the lack of multi-family housing options in the Cape Coral area in Florida. Many housing developments focused on patio homes and single family residential.  The multi-family residential that was available was not meeting the demand for the fast growing city of Cape Coral.  Larry Nygard, Roers Development President, and team located a perfect site within a few blocks of an elementary school, a middle school and a high school that is also centrally located to everything else.  The main vision is to provide a housing option to people in the service industry, nurses, teachers and more. This was an opportunity to provide housing for those that want a unique, affordable housing option without owning their own home.

Jeremy Easum, Civil Engineer with Roers, provided some insights on the initial project planning stages and how it was different from others.  Jeremy commented, “A couple of differences that stand out to me are the regulations are so much more intense on development.  This project has 25 building permits.   The other main difference that engineers and surveyors can appreciate is the elevation.  I’m used to creating plans in North Dakota with design elevations of 2500 feet above sea level and where I came from in Wyoming elevations of 4800’ above sea level.  Our base flood design elevation on Savona was 7’ above sea level.”

 Partnerships in this project were more important than ever. “We knew early on this project would be different.  We wanted to be heavily involved in the design and construction and use the knowledge base we have built over the years constructing multi-family developments,” stated Jeremy.  Local partnerships with multiple firms including our general contractor, Brooks and Freund were developed.  Other firms including architect, civil consultant, environmental consultant, landscape architect, geotechnical consultant, marketing consultant, leasing & property management consultant and lending partners have proven to be great partnerships.  Through this process Roers has also developed a relationship with the City of Cape Coral.   All of these partnerships and relationships hopefully will yield other opportunities in Florida.

For more details on the Cape at Savona project, please visit https://roers.com/project/savona-apartments/.

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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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Making History with Delta Beams at Missouri Slope Project

The Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center project is one that is making history for Roers and North Dakota. The structure of this project will be unique due to the beam system being installed. This is the first project in North Dakota to use Delta beams as they are not very common in the United States yet. The Delta Beam system enables the construction crew to provide a larger space between the ceiling and structure which gives the trades more room for their equipment. The system will actually shrink the height of the building as well.

In the early phases of the Missouri Slope project, those that pass by the project in northern Bismarck can see the building is starting to take shape vertically. The foundations are 90% complete, with 50% of those complete with steel and concrete. The building consists of four wings and a core which ties it all together. Two of the four wings are erected. One wing is ready for windows to be installed; the roof is going being installed and interior framing is near complete. The other wing is erected with floors poured and, framing on the exterior beginning soon.

Our Project Superintendent, Phil Keller, has worked with Roers for over 20 years. When asked what is most exciting for him on this project, he commented “To see a foundation be poured and move on to setting steel, then see precast set. You know in a month sheathing will be hung on the exterior of the building and everything fits as it should! Watching the project progress is very exciting. Going from one phase to the next and seeing all of our planning flow is very gratifying.” Phil is pictured below at the project groundbreaking.

Phil is the first point of contact for anyone that comes onto the job site. “I take the responsibility of the safety for the entire crew, including Roers team members and subcontractors, very seriously. We start our day talking about safety to ensure it’s a safe environment for everyone. Besides talking about safety, we do safety checks on the perimeter railings on all floors, making sure all stairs are clear and signage is still in place.” Covid-19 has brought about extra check ins, temperature readings and other safety precautions on the job site.

Besides being the main contact and face of Roers on-site, Phil also manages many other behind the scenes parts of the project. He coordinates the subcontractors and deliveries, ensuring all trades are following through with project specifications and required inspections, manages the daily activities and quality control. He is in charge of keeping up with the storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP) and maintaining a clean organized site.

Partnership has been a key player in this project. Roers has designated a strong management team to plan and execute the activities of this large scale project. The working relationship with the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center project team has been very successful as well. Every participant in the project can find the needed information or support on the project.

For more information on this project, please visit https://roers.com/project/missouri-slope-project-phase-i/.

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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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Roers Loyalty Perks Make Life a Little Sweeter

Currently, Roers offers the Roers Loyalty Program to our residential tenants at U32, SGC,  and T Lofts.  We have some exciting news to share — we will be offering the Loyalty Program to the residents of all our Fargo properties beginning this summer. 

For a full overview of our Loyalty Program, please visit our online page. We are currently contacting more businesses to join the Loyalty Program. This is a great opportunity for businesses to provide perks to hundreds of residents plus gain some loyal customers. If you are interested in becoming a Roers Loyalty Partner, please contact us at propertyambassadors@roers.com.

Now more than ever, we’re longing to do something different.  While we miss our daily routines, many of us have created new ones that are now becoming boring.  We’re tired of the same old thing day in and day out. The Roers Loyalty Program offers some fun ways to shake things up, all while getting a little discount along the way!  Here is a look at some of our currently partners:

Tired of the same old thing for meals? Spicy Pie, Applebees, Little Caesars, Spartan Nutrition, Cherry Berry, Deeks Pizza, Fargo Brewing Company, and The Shack on Broadway all have delivery and/or takeout options.

Getting your financial health in order?  First International Bank & Trust is here to work with you to come out on top when it comes to your dollars and cents!

Missing the gym? Find out what Mojo Fit Studios can offer now but also when they are able to fully open. Not only can you get your fitness fix, but you can also connect with local instructors you know and love.

As we continue to adjust to how COVID-19 impacts our current daily lives, it’s extra nice to have local businesses by our side.  We invite you to connect with each one of our Loyalty Partners, and try something new! Not only will it help us brush off the “ho-hum” routines, but it’ll boost our local partners as well.

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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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Roers Named to List of Top Builders of Student Housing

Roers was recently named as one of the Best Student Housing Contractors in the United States by the General Contractors (GC) Magazine. Roers was selected for the construction of U32 Apartments.

U32 Apartments is located near the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo. The project was built in two phases with the second phase just opening in 2019. Apartments ranging from efficiency to four bedrooms are available to lease. The properties amenities are among the best in the area with an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, heated yoga studio, two community rooms, multiple study rooms and much much more. The construction and development teams are Roers partnered on this project and their teamwork has been a huge success with this gorgeous property. For more details about this project, visit the U32 project portfolio page.

Visit the GC Magazine article to view the article featuring Roers as the North Dakota award recipient.