Decorating on a Budget

When living in an apartment, it can feel like you have limited options to personalize your space since you cannot make any drastic changes to the unit itself. There are many affordable ways to dress up your rental space and make it your own! Whether you are a fan of DIY projects, thrifting, or finding a great deal, read on to learn about some simple, budget-friendly decorating ideas to help infuse your own style and personality into your home.

Walls
Mirrors, wall decals and simple wall art pieces are all great options to decorate your space without the hassle of painting walls (if that is allowed at your apartment).

Mirrors are one of the easiest things you can put up in your space to change it up. Mirrors give the illusion of a larger and a brighter space.

Wall decals or removable wallpaper are great options for apartment living because they add some fun, without the potential for damaging your walls since they stick directly to the wall with no hardware required!

Canvas prints or other wall décor can easily be hung to create a statement wall. Whether you find a fun, cheap framed print, or you make some DIY wall art (Pinterest for the win), you can fill a wall easily with these items.

Windows and Lighting
Curtains are a great, inexpensive way, to dress up your space. With blinds usually being included in your unit, you can take it one step further by incorporating some curtains. Whether you use a funky pattern, or a neutral color, curtains can create a sense of warmth and add a cozy touch.

If you are looking for an opportunity to add some extra light, you can add a fun table or floor lamp anywhere in your apartment.  There is also the option of adding some accent lighting by finding some cheap, sticky LED lights on Amazon to mount under cabinets, in a bookcase, or anywhere else that could use some brightening up.

Floors and Furniture
Area rugs, runners and bathmats are all a renter’s best friend. These items protect your flooring, but they are also a great way to add some color and comfort into your space.

Buying multi use furniture is a great option to save some space, and some money. Whether it be an ottoman with storage, or a futon couch that doubles as a bed, multipurpose furniture helps to make the most out of the room you have.

Accessories

Throw pillows, blanket ladders and pottery and are all ways to accessorize your unit. Accessories can be moved from room to room and are easily changed out if you change your theme or color pallet.

Adding a houseplant is another great way to add some color and life to your apartment. Don’t have a green thumb? Luckily, there are many low maintenance houseplants out there, or you can go maintenance-free and get an artificial plant.

Where to buy furniture and décor?

There are so many options these days to take and upcycle used items, or to find new items cheap. Between Amazon, Target, thrift stores, and places like Facebook marketplace or Craigslist, you can furnish and decorate your home for less than ever before. Using a selling platform like Marketplace and Craigslist can also help you make some of your money back when you decide to redecorate.

You don’t have to spend your entire savings to make your space YOURS. These cheap tricks to dress up your space will help you go from drab to fab in no time!

Roers Closes Sale of U32 and T Loft Apartments

U32 Ph 1 & 2 exterior

Roers recently announced it has closed on the sale of U32 Apartments and T Loft Apartments in Fargo, ND.

In 2005, Roers brought the concept of premier private student housing to North Dakota State University and has become the leader of off-campus student housing with top notch amenities, security, and all-inclusive rent payments. Between T Lofts and U32 Apartments these projects have provided 414 units of premier housing to the North Fargo community. The Roers team developed, constructed, and managed T Lofts and U32 Apartments. During this time, the team served thousands of residents with a premier living experience and had the opportunity to be a resource for college students to have a great living experience right next to campus.  “With the recent success of leasing our buildings with over 95% occupancy rates, we were aware these properties were in optimal position to sell, especially with the current low interest rate environment, commented Danielle Paulus, Roers Chief Operating Officer.

HB Ledges Management, based in Arizona, has taken over ownership and property management of both properties. HB Ledges has experience in student housing and is excited to invest in North Dakota. The Roers team will continue to be a resource for the new owners as consultants during the first year.

“We are excited to be investing in the Fargo market and look forward to continuing the premier experience Roers provided at the buildings,” said Howard Berger, Managing Director for HB Ledges.

T Lofts is located across from the NDSU campus just off 12th Avenue. Built in 2012, the property has 181 units and is equipped with amenities perfect for students to enjoy from fitness rooms, study rooms, lounge with billiards, and underground parking. All amenities plus air, heat, internet, and cable are all included in one bill for added convenience. Students transitioning from on-campus living find T Lofts an excellent option as it is within walking distance to campus and many other local attractions in North Fargo.

U32 Apartments  was built in 2017 and has 233 units. U32 is known as Fargo’s first amenity-rich, lifestyle-driven, all-inclusive living experience. Some of the sought after amenities include state-of-art fitness center, outdoor courtyard with basketball court, beach volleyball court, patio grill, and fire pit areas, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, sauna, racquetball court/yoga studio, community lounge, study rooms, underground parking and more. U32 is located at 1151 32nd Ave N in Fargo.

Jim Roers, CEO of Roers, is excited as he looks forward to the next development. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Roers to take this success and invest back in the community with future projects. We have excellent opportunities for additional projects near campus and throughout this community and we are already working behind the scenes to determine our next steps,” Roers commented.

Roers currently manages properties for outside owners as well as owns and leases various properties including apartment complexes, several townhomes and single-family homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead and Dickinson communities. 

For more details on Roers including development, construction, property management or real estate, please visit roers.com.

The Importance of Renters Insurance

Now that the busiest time of year at our properties is complete and residents are settling into their new homes, it’s a great time to emphasize the important of protecting your home and your belongings with renters insurance!

When living at a Roers property, you are required to have renter’s insurance. Renters insurance can help you repair or replace property after loss due to many types of damage or theft. It protects your personal belongings, valuable property, and can also provide coverage for an accident at your residence. Policies usually have very affordable annual premiums, that can also be paid monthly. Renters insurance is also important to have because your landlord may have property insurance, but that will not cover your personal belongings.

We recently visited with a local Fargo Insurance Agent, Rena Bjerke, with DJ Coulter Agency Inc, to find out more details on benefits of having renter’s insurance. Here is what she has to say:

What are the differences between having your own insurance policy or staying on your parents’?

  1. For students currently covered under their parents, in the event of a claim, it will not affect their parent’s insurance rates or claim history. It is important to verify with the insurance company that they offer the extension of personal property coverage when their child goes off to college.
  2. Students that carry their own renter’s insurance policy, will start their own “insurance credit history” with that company. Down the road when adding additional policies such as home, autos, families, toys, new business ventures… or anything that will need protection from, having that insurance policy already in place will help with rates and programs.
  3. Students that have their own policy develop their own start of independence – diving into their own relationship with the insurance world and building confidence to take charge of their own responsibilities. They can take pride knowing they have the items they have worked hard to acquire, covered in the event of a claim. This could be the new TV they just bought, the nice new couch, or the new laptop.

We spoke with Roers Property Management General Manager, Madison Maides, for her insight on the importance of renters insurance.

“Renters insurance is important as it protects residents from the cost of accidents or things they can’t control. For instance, if there is water damage from a neighboring unit and you have personal items damaged because of it, your renters’ insurance would cover the cost of your lost items. Or maybe an accident happens in your unit and you are responsible for the costs, your renters insurance would end up paying for the damage and not you.”

If you have questions regarding how much coverage is needed, you should reach out to your family’s insurance agent or start to “shop” for the best coverage and price for you. For questions or more information on renters insurance and required coverage amounts, contact our leasing team at 701-356-RENT. 

The View On University Apartments “The Court”: Do all the Things.

By: Christen Anderson 

We are getting so close to opening the building and everyone is working so hard to get it ready for our new residents. Outside you will see lots of activity to continue to go on as the northside of the development including The St Paul Newman Center Catholic Church will continue construction into 2022.  

One of our main goals with this property is to create common spaces that fit your lifestyle. We heard you loud and clear when you said fitness was one of your most desired spaces. Our fitness area will have a space for you to decompress and take time for yourself. Let me share a little more…..  

THE SPACE 

What has 6,000 tennis balls and a neon sign? That’s right, it’s The Court at The View On University. And it’s the coolest place to get your sweat on! Just look for 6,000 tennis balls and you can’t miss it. It looks like anart installationand continues to win your attention from the start of your workoutto the end. You cangaze out of the large windows or watch a game on one of the three large TVs.Oroptintothe new workout “mirror” to see what all the rage is all about. Not into cardio? Weights are lined up by mirrors to ensure perfect form. The fitness space with all its selections were carefully selected to ensure a great workout and, you got it, to support you living your best life. After your work out, clean up and head to the clubhouse for a visit with friends. 

The Court Summary 

  • Fitness Equipment Galore 
  • The Mirror Workout System 
  • Tv’s  
  • Natural Light Views 

We are thrilled with how the design has turned out in this space and cannot WAIT for you to see it. The Roers team is giving tours and if you want to learn more about what units are available or come on site for a tour or give us at 701-356-RENT. 

Next time we will be sharing one of our new amenity additions along the way…if you know any “gamers” out there keep watching for our next blog! 

Till Next Time,  

Christen Joy 

Follow Christen Joy for ongoing updates on this project and more – Instagram and Facebook  or online at LiveChristenJoy.com 

*Roers is still in the planning phases and some selections may change.    

The View On University Apartments “The Bark Club” Pet Spa: Because your Pet Deserves Luxury.

By: Christen Joy 

The warmer weather is here and the Roers team is in full swing of construction over at The View On University Apartments. It has been fun to see prospective residents coming to the site for Hard Hat Tours and watching the Roers leasing team fill up the building. If you haven’t stopped over to talk with Roers about making this property your home… hurry up and give them a call! 

One of my favorite rooms to design was the 5th Floor Pet Spa and I can’t wait to give you a sneak peek.   

THE NAME 

We knew that this space needed a fabulous name, and so we got creative and even came up with our own logo. We believe your pet only deserves the best, and so why not have its own club… The Bark Club.  

THE SPACE 

If your first greeter on floor five has a wagging tail, you’re at The Bark Club — dog spa! Yes, The View On University hasit’sown dog spabecause the complex is pet-friendly. How’s that for convenient?! At The Bark Club your pup gets to choose from two large tubs for his or her luxurious bubble bath.These tubs fit any size pooch and no worries about that sure to happen‘shake off’post bath as the wallsareup to the task because they are lined in white subwayliketile. After thesoakand shake, simply head over to the dryer stands for ablowout.Andwe thought ofeverything for you and your bestiefaux green grassfor any bathroom needs. Truly a space made to support you and your pets so they can live their best lifewet nose to wagging tail. 

The Bark Club Summary 

  • Located on the 5th Floor 
  • Multiple Dog Washing Stations 
  • Safe Drying Area 
  • Pet Relief Area 

We hope you enjoyed learning about The Bark Club and we cannot wait for all our new residents and their pets to enjoy the space. Next time, we will share details about The View On University’s fitness space. 

Till Next Time,  

Christen Joy 

Follow Christen Joy for ongoing updates on this project and more – Instagram and Facebook  or online at LiveChristenJoy.com 

The View on University Apartments Study Rooms: Define your success.

By: Christen Joy

As we get closer to the construction completion of The View on University Apartments, I am getting more pumped to move into the space and share all the beautiful common spaces the property has to offer.

In 2020 we learned that you must learn to work and play at HOME, so let’s give you a sneak peek of the study rooms that can be used in endless ways. From studying for a big test, to jumping on a Zoom call with friends across the country, we have you covered.

THE SPACE

In our building we have five study rooms that range from small to large. These spaces are designed for one person curling up with a book, hosting a group, or a Zoom call with friends to cram for an exam. They feature comfortable soft seating options or chair and table sets. You choose the space that fits you best based on your mood or the number of people you need to host. Beyond just a room with a tables and chairs, the welcoming decor will motivate and uplift your mood, bringing a smile to your face. The study rooms feature shiplap walls and wallpaper and fun irreverent artwork to make quiet time alone more comfortable, and group projects feel less like work and more like building pride in teamwork and accomplishment.

STUDY ROOMS SUMMARY:

  • Large Study Rooms located on 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Medium Study Room located on 4th floor
  • Small Study Room located on 2nd, 3rd and 4th
  • Relaxing environment
  • White boards
  • Comfy seating
  • Flexible space to do your best work.

In upcoming blogs, I will be previewing the design of our pet spa, The Bark Room. You and your pets are going to love it!

Till Next Time, 

Christen Joy

Follow Christen Joy for ongoing updates on this project and more – Instagram and Facebook  or online at LiveChristenJoy.com 

*Roers is still in the planning phases and some selections may change.

Roers Now Leasing at The View on University

Choose your view at The View on University! Roers is excited to announce leasing has begun for The View on University apartments set to open in July 2021. The complex is located at 1113 University Drive North in Fargo, ND. The property is adjacent to St. Paul’s Newman Center and faith- based housing, all of which are currently under construction.

What Comes with The View

The View on University is located near the heart of the NDSU campus, offering premier apartment living in a quiet, comfortable, neighborhood setting. This 81-unit apartment complex features a complete lifestyle with all-inclusive amenities including a pet spa, fitness center, game room, rooftop patio, clubhouse, outdoor grill, underground parking, a variety of study rooms, social events, on-site management and more. Units available for every living preference including efficiency, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans.

The construction on The View began in the winter of 2020. “This project is a combined effort between Roers divisions including development, construction and property management. Roers is able to create success from concept to completion and this project is a testimony of our company mission and shows our focus on teamwork. Once the project is completed, then our property management team will take over and provide superior service to residents. We take great pride in being able to provide a great housing opportunity for the community,” commented Jim Roers, CEO of Roers.

The Roers team is working closely with Christen Anderson of Christen Joy on the interior design for The View common spaces and units. The entire property will have a warm and inviting atmosphere for residents. The View will have a collaborative relationship with Newman Center Living which is managing the faith-based apartments. Although under separate management, common space amenities will be shared.

Leasing Begins at The View

The View on University is now accepting lease applications for the new apartment units. Hard hat on-site tours and virtual tours will be available in late January 2021. For those interested in getting in on the first choice of units available, there is an exciting incentive offer for new residents – get more details here. The leasing team is ready to visit with future residents and looking forward to help them find the perfect unit for them. Choose your view today!

For more information on The View on University, please visit theviewonuniversity.com.

Tips & Tricks for Surviving a North Dakota Winter (College Edition)

As many of you know and have experienced, winter in North Dakota can get insanely cold. If you are new to North Dakota, you are in for a special surprise… maybe even a snowy, windy, negative 50’s surprise. Below are some tips and tricks on how to stay warm and of course, survive in a North Dakota winter.

1. The Right Clothing

Winter is no joke. Make sure you have a thick coat, a pair of gloves, a hat, scarf, face mask, snow boots, and snow pants. Walking to class may get pretty brisk if you don’t have enough warm clothing. You might find yourself going skiing one weekend or maybe even building a snowman with friends.  If you do not have one of these items, head over to a store that provides winter clothing.

2. Have an Emergency Bag

Everyone should have an emergency bag in their vehicle. Some items to keep in the bag are a blanket, water, flashlight, extra hat and gloves, money, hand warmers, shovel and chocolate. We should always be prepared!

3. Have Sand or Cat Litter in Your Vehicle

Wait? Cat Litter? Yes, you will need it. It can be used to help prevent your vehicle from sliding around on the ice (students with cars, we know exactly what could happen with icy roads). Putting even weight in the front and back of your vehicle will help with the traction. Both sand and cat litter can also be handy. All you must do is put either sand or litter in front or behind your tires and this will hopefully help you get unstuck.

4. Allow Extra Driving Time

We all know that saying we will be able to make it in 10 minutes does not really happen. When it comes to winter, we need to be more cautious with driving. Sometimes it can be so windy that snow blows over the roads causing ice to be covered. We need to drive slowly and be aware. When you are coming to stop, there is no need to slam on the breaks. Simply, press your foot slowly down on the breaks. If you are in 4-wheel drive, slamming your foot down on the breaks can actually harm your tires and the breaks itself.  Try to allow extra time to get to class though!

5. Extra Socks

Wear two pairs of socks instead of one. Sometimes winter boots just do not do the trick. You will be surprised at how warm your feet are when you get back from walking all around campus.

6. Full Tank Always

Winter can be the season where we are constantly filling our gas tank. The reason for this is because we tend to keep our vehicle running longer to keep the heat going throughout the vehicle. Some vehicles also have the option to pre-start with our keys from a dorm room or apartment.  If your gas mileage says you have 20 miles until empty, don’t wait until the next day to fill it up, do it at that moment. Try not to go below a quarter of a tank.

7. Keep Charged Up

Whenever you plan on traveling anywhere make sure your phone battery is charged up. In the unfortunate event where you may run out of gas, your car battery dies or get in a fender bender, you will need to have your phone to be able to communicate with people about what is going on or call for emergency personnel.

8. Communicate Your Travel Plans

College students, this is very important! Whenever you plan on heading home on the weekend do not forget to let your family know when you are leaving and whenever you make a stop at a gas station, check-in with them. You should also let your roommate(s) know so they are aware of what is going on and so they can also keep track of you. Be sure to stay up-to-date on the weather and road conditions by having apps on your cell phone such as weather.com or or the ND DOT site.

9. Ice on Windshield? We Can Fix That Instantly!

Sometimes we run a little behind when heading to class so we will go ahead and scrape a little spot on our windshield for us to see through while driving and call it good. We should know this is not safe but we are trying to save time! Here is a quick trick to help clear your windshield instantly. Go to your local store, grab a spray bottle and fill it with three parts vinegar (or rubbing alcohol) and one part water. This will clear it up within 20 seconds. Its a fast and inexpensive trick!

10. Jumper Cables

Don’t forget to have jumper cables in your car! Sometimes it gets too cold outside to the point where our cars do not even start. Make sure to have a friend handy, you just might need to have them help you.

Now that winter is here, be safe and enjoy the North Dakota winter!

Another helpful tip – Roers Property Management has apartments and townhomes close to campus. If you don’t want to have to deal with road conditions in the winter, contact us to find out more about living close to NDSU.

10 Tips to Help Stay Healthy This Winter

10 ways to prevent getting sick this winter

Roers has a Wellness Committee which has come up with a top 10 list of simple yet effective ways to help employees stay healthy this winter during cold and flu season. We wanted to share this list as temperatures drop and cold and flu season approaches, to help minimize symptoms with everyone in the community.

  1. Get a flu vaccination. Check with your physician about getting a flu shot this year. The vaccination is available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies, so after getting the okay from your doctor, get the shot early in the season. Roers had a flu clinic this year in our office recently which many employees took advantage of.  Call your medical provider to get this scheduled.
  1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Every time you shake hands with someone, wash your hands afterward. Washing your hands prior to eating and touching your face is a crucial way to prevent the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria. We know that this has been the most used phrase in 2020 #washyourhands. 
  1. Avoid touching your eyes and mouth. Cold and flu germs can easily infect you through your eyes and mouth. If you must touch your face, wash your hands first. Common sense we know, but not always easy to remember, especially when we are trying to keep face coverings on most times. Have hand sanitizer at your desk, vehicle, and maybe in your pocket to always be prepared.
  1. Get adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation can compromise the immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. Aim for seven to nine hours each night. Put that social media down, turn off the tv, and get those Zzzz. 
  1. Work out. Not only is working out good for your cardiovascular system and weight management, staying fit boosts your immunity and helps you manage your stress levels, which is important for staying healthy in flu season. Working out doesn’t have to be going to a gym or doing hot yoga. Getting movement can be taking a loop around our office or walking your pet each morning.
  1. Keep hand sanitizer handy for those times when you don’t have access to soap and water. If you are out and about, keep a bottle of alcohol-based sanitizer in your bag or pocket to de-germ on the go. 
  1. Don’t bite your nails. Germs lurk underneath your nails and biting your nails is just another way you can become infected with the cold or flu virus. What a perfect time to break that bad habit!
  1. Avoid people who are already sick. If someone is coughing or sneezing, keep your distance. Likewise, if you are sick and contagious, take time to rest at home so you can get better and not spread germs to those you come in contact with. 
  1. Eat a healthy diet. Similar to working out, eating right can have benefits for not only your weight, but also your immune system. Get your vital daily nutrients from fruits and vegetables to keep your immunity strong. Stay away from the break room or donuts at breaks! Removing junk from your daily schedule helps keep you feeling better and you will be a leg up when we can finally go on sunny beach vacations again.
  1. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids – especially water – flushes toxins out of your system and keeps you healthy. If you do happen to get sick, staying well-hydrated is just as important for your recovery. Set yourself a goal and make sure you start early in the morning.