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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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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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Stay Active & Healthy

Staying active can help with your physical and mental health and there are so many ways that you can continue to stay active at home. So many of us are currently stuck staying at home doing workouts since the fitness centers closed during this time. Its important to take time for yourself to keep you healthy and active.  

Here are a few ideas you can do right from your home: 

  • Online workouts – Many fitness companies are currently offering free online workouts. If you are passionate about group fitness or have participated in group fitness before your gym was closed, you can join a Zoom workout or find a workout on YouTube! Simply search your favorite type of workout and you will find a long list to choose from. For a lot of home workouts, you won’t need to use fitness equipment, but you can also find great alternatives at home. You can use soup cans for weights, a chair for triceps dips, there are so many great alternatives out there!  
  • If you weren’t into working out before you had to stay at home, you still need to make sure you are keeping your body moving. Try setting a reminder on your phone and try one of these activities 1)every 30 minutes you walk up and down your stairs, 2) each time your phone rings you must do a push up or even a jumping jackDo a wall sit during that long daily conference call. 
  • Another way to keep your body healthy is to stretch and meditate. Finding ways to calm your mind and reach for your toes may be a great way for you to stay active. Stretching before you start your day and before bed is just enough to keep blood flowing, prevent injury or chronic pain and increase your flexibility!  

Staying inside right now is hard but so important. Staying active and focusing on your physical and mental health will make it so much easier. Keep up the good work and do the things that your body needs, it will thank you in the long run. Get as creative as you need to just make sure that you are getting your body moving throughout the day! 

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D.I.Y. Tips for Apartment Living

With all of the social distancing regulations and being stuck in your apartment, what better time than now to redecorate your unit at a low cost! You can order things online or find things to use you already have since you can’t venture out right. 

Here are a few ideas that are relatively cheap and will easily spruce up your apartment: 

  • Add some flowers to a colorful vase to brighten up your space. 
  • Decorate your unit with succulents of all different sizes and shapes.
  • Buy some plain white canvas and paint. It is a great stress reliever and can easily be used as wall art when you’re finished.
  • Find a new colorful rug, it will brighten up your space and transform your living room!
  • Add decorative storage basketsThey make for an easy decoration and help keep your space tidy.
  • Switch up your throw blankets and throw pillows – a change of color can do magic!
  • Add some fairy lights to your bedroom to make your room look more cozy.
  • Change out your photos in your pictures frames and replace them with your new favorites.
  • Use thick washi tape –  It is super cheap and comes in all different colors and patterns. It easily goes on the wall and peels off with no wall damage. It’s a great way to add color and patterns without having to paint or use wallpaper.
  • Large wooden letters – spray paint a fun color like gold or silver –> looks expensive but a super cheap and easy DIY project.
  • Add art prints to your walls. Society 6 is a great site to check out that is super easy to order and inexpensive. Then you can buy an inexpensive frame or paint one that you already have. This is a super easy way to change up your space!
  • Color coordinate your closet to make it look more organized. Go through your closet and make a donation pile for anything you no longer want or need.
  • Find an inexpensive wooden ladder and paint it, then stack your favorite blankets on it. This adds cute décor while keeping all of your blankets folded and organized. 

Hopefully these ideas make you want to redecorate your space and occupy your time with some fun Do It Yourself projects!  

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Be on the Watch for Covid Scams

There are many warnings out that scammers are out in full force taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that Americans have lost almost $13 million in COVID-19 related scams so far. Unfortunately that number will likely increase. 

Some important tips to be sure to follow during this time:

  • Watch for phishing emails or websites asking for personal or financial information.
  • Ask questions if you receive a suspicious phone call
  • When dealing with stimulus checks, be sure to only communicate with the IRS if needed. Nothing needs to be done on your end so be sure to not sign up for anything.

For more information on the current scams, please visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts. To report a scam, visit ftc.gov/complaint

Here is a helpful document with other tips and scam information to protect yourself from some known scams.

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Call 211 For Help

In this unique situation, the needs that individuals and families have are growing. We know there are members of our community that need immediate help and are not sure who to call or where to find help. For those looking for resources and help for access to food, assistance with paying rent or utility bills, mental health support, or referrals to other services, there is help. Call 2-1-1. This is a free, confidential service available to all Minnesota and North Dakota residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By Dialing “211” it will provide individuals and families in need a way to find assistance and be connected to the appropriate agencies and community partners.

We encourage you if you know some that needs help finding food, paying bills, or other essential services, please Dial 211.

To find more information out about 211 and what help is provided please check out http://211.org/services/covid19.

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Trying to Stay Calm During Covid-19

During the Covid-19 we realize that all our community is facing uncertainty and stress. At Roers we are working hard to help create calmness with facts and resources that can help employees, subcontractors, property owners, residents, and the community as a whole.

This visual that has been shared out in social media is a great visual for us as a community to use during this time. Encouraging yourself and others to move out of the Fear Zone and into the Growth Zone. Each day is a new day to bring positivity and gratitude into this very stressful situation.

Please don’t forget if you are a current resident with Roers we also have a Roers Covid-19 Page set up for you. Please check back frequently for updates and read the Q&A section:  https://roers.com/property-management/residential/coronavirus/

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Stay Home. Stay Safe.

As we learn more and navigate through the uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus, the Roers Residential Property Management team wants our residents and all other community members to know we are in this together. With everyone practicing self-distancing, your daily lives and routines are much different. Here are a few ideas we wanted to share for ways to help get through the day:

Tips for staying healthy

14+ Activities to Not Go Stir Crazy During Self-Distancing

Tips for working remotely when kids are home from school

Check out our web page with more resources for ideas. Also, we have provided updates for our residents on behalf of the Roers Property Management team to ensure we are keeping residents up to date with what is happening at our properties. Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy. We hope everyone can practice this and we will soon be able to get back to our normal routines.

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The Essentials For Your First College Apartment

It’s back to school time! Which probably means moving into your apartment. If you’re moving out of your dorm and into your very first college apartment – that can be a pretty big transition! No more walking down the hall to get your meal served to you. No more climbing up to the top bunk every night. No more sharing a bathroom with 50 other people!

 

Your first apartment will more than likely be a breath of fresh air compared to life in the dorms. And we are here to help you with your move! We have compiled a list of everything you will need to make your new place feel like home.

 

For the Bedroom:

Your bedroom is going to be your… escape. This will be the one place you can shut the door from your roommates and be by yourself. It’s where you will spend a lot of time and it’s the only place that’s only yours.. so make it special! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bed Frame + Mattress
  • Mattress Pad
  • Bedding
  • Desk + Chair
  • Nightstand
  • Lamp
  • Decor
    • Rug
    • Plants
    • String Lights
    • Photos
    • Art
  • Hangers
  • Dresser
  • Power Strips & Extension Cords
  • Fan – just in case there’s not central air and you like to sleep in the cold
  • 3M Wall Hooks & Hangers – a lot of apartments charge you per nail hole so adhesive hooks are always a good idea

  

 

 

For the Kitchen:

Depending on how many roommates you will be living with, it’s a good idea to decide who is going to get what items for the kitchen. Here is a list to start with:

  • Table + Chairs
  • Plates, Cups, Mugs, Bowls, etc.
  • Silverware & Utensils
  • Pots & Pans
  • Trash Can
  • Garbage Bags
  • Coffee Machine – duh
  • Microwave – some apartments come with them, so make sure yours doesn’t before someone buys one!
  • Toaster
  • Dish Soap & Scrubber – the dishwasher isn’t superman… clean the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher, guys!
  • Dishwasher pods
  • Hand Towels & Wash Cloths
  • Groceries! – that’s a given

    

 

For the Bathroom:

You might have one bathroom that you split between all of your roommates.. or you might get your own! Make sure to plan accordingly. But either way, here’s how to stock it up:

  • Bath Towels – we recommend getting around 4-6 for yourself so you can rotate while you’re washing the others
  • Hand Towels & Wash Cloths
  • Shower Curtain & Liner – don’t forget the liner!! You don’t want to ruin the curtain.
  • Bath Rug
  • Plunger & Toilet Brush
  • Mini Trash Can
  • Toiletries
    • Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush holder
    • Soap (both body & hand)
    • Toilet paper
    • Shaving Products

    

 

For the Living Room:

This is where you’re going to live! (In the living room… get it?) Make sure this space is accommodating to not only you and your roommates… but your guests! This is where you’ll have your movie nights, watch the big game, catch up, and just hang out! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sofa & Additional Seating
  • Coffee & End Tables
  • Lamps
  • TV
  • TV Stand
  • Blankets & Pillows
  • Decor – make it feel homey!
    • Plants
    • Wall Decor/Art
    • Rug
    • Photos

  

 

 

Cleaning Supplies:

Whether you like it or not… your place is going to get dirty. And you’re going to need to clean it. Here’s a list of everything you will need at some point:

  • Broom & Dustpan
  • Vacuum
  • Mop or Swiffer
  • Paper Towels
  • Disinfectant Wipes – a true lifesaver
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Multi-Purpose Spray
  • Dusting Spray
  • Microfiber Cloths

  

 

 

If you are living with roommates, make sure to talk it over with them before buying anything. You want to make sure you have everything, but you also want to make sure you don’t all buy the same things! Hopefully this list helped you in your big move to your college apartment! Good luck and have fun in your new space!