Top Five Property Solutions Backpack Tools

Top Five “Property Solutions Backpack” Must Have Tools

We would all agree that having the right tools can make a world of difference. We would like to share some “must haves” for your “Property Solutions Backpack”.

Over the years, what we keep in our property solutions backpack certainly has changed over time. As we transition from pencil and paper to desktop software to cloud-based solutions we take with us on the go. Our team is excited to share a variety of tools you may find helpful to your business as you consider your space needs.

Continue to read to learn more about:

  • Tools we use to get our job done
  • Tools we share with our clients
  • Tools you might want to use to keep your team organized and on track

Property Solutions Backpack by APPRO and CERRON

Whether you are the “freshman” just jumping in, or the “big guy” on campus, these Top Five Tools will be helpful for each of you:

  1. Notebook – new building owners who work with our team receive a 3-ring binder or “notebook” upon completion of a project. Inside, we include warranty information, copies of plans and other details about the building, and how to get in touch with our team. If we didn’t build your building, do you keep all of this information in an easily accessible location? If not, it 
  2. Data – if you are a tenant, owner or landlord, by understanding the details of your property location, you know more about your potential clients, neighbors, and possibly your competition. Did you know you may order a FREE demographics report on your location from our team? We typically pull this report when working on a new real estate listing, but we would be happy to pull a report at any time to help you understand more about your property’s location. Did you know you can also check out an area of interest with an app on your smart phone called “Sitegeist”? It isn’t as detailed as our demographics report, but could get you some of the details you need when exploring a new location.
  3. Checklists – we all make them, and some people live to make them just to see the items checked off. Did you know that we have a “Commercial Building Maintenance” checklist on our website? Also, if you REALLY love checklists, here is one more tip – if you don’t already have the Evernote app on your desktop and/or smartphone, you should! Having your checklists available in the palm of your hand, or accessible on any device, is a true time saver!!
  4. Calculator – Curious to know how to calculate how much space you need? Or, need to figure out just how much a change in rate would impact your purchase power? We offer a Space Calculator and a Mortgage Calculator (found on the main page – left side in tools) on our website to help answer these questions.
  5. Ruler – Every backpack needs a ruler. Do you know how to read a blueprint? Having an architect’s or engineer’s ruler helps to convert scale from say 1/8” or 1/4”. If you would like to request a free scale, email us and let us know if you prefer architectural or engineering style in the comments field.

You might also have interest in these links:

Property Improvement Opportunities

Property Improvements – Tax Savings

Financing Commercial Real Estate 

Financing Checklist

We hope you enjoyed learning about these tools. If you are in need of additional Property Solutions assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our team – we are here to help!


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Building Expansion Project: BTD Manufacturing, Lakeville, MN

New Building Expansion Project: BTD Manufacturing, Lakeville, MN  Project Summary A new building expansion project has been completed for BTD Manufacturing located in Lakeville, MN. This is the second project by APPRO Development, Inc. at this location. The 15,910 square foot Building Expansion work included; Excavation, footings, exterior precast walls including a partial glass vestibule. Installation of site utilities, structural steel with …

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Manufacturing Facility Construction: Technical Methods, Inc., Lonsdale, MN

Manufacturing Facility Construction Now Complete for Technical Methods, Inc – Lonsdale, Minnesota A new manufacturing facility construction project is under way for Technical Methods Inc. This project is located at 1951 Commerce Drive in Lonsdale, Minnesota in the new “Lonsdale Business Park” and is the first project launched in this location. Project Description A new manufacturing facility For Technical Methods, Inc. will consist …

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Office Production Facility: Custom Color Printing, Lakeville, MN

Office Production Facility – Custom Color Printing APPRO Development completed construction of this office production facility which includes a 5,760 square foot office/ production/warehouse facility in Lakeville, Minnesota. The structure is slab on grade with steel joist and frame, precast concrete wall panels. This project was completed in the Airlake Industrial Park in which both APPRO Development, Inc. and CERRON Commercial …

Lakeville Commercial: New Construction Projects

Lakeville Commercial – New Construction Projects are popping up all over Lakeville, Minnesota. The design-build firm of APPRO Development, Inc. has multiple projects under construction this busy construction season. In this blog we will give a quick summary of the multiple Lakeville commercial and industrial projects we are working on in our local community.

In this blog post, you will learn about the following design build projects:

  • Launch Properties Lakeville Phase I New Industrial Facility Project
  • McDonald Eye Care New Clinic Building Project
  • Lakeview Bank New Addition Building Project
  • Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) New School Building Project

2017-06-05 Launch Shell (15).jpgMost recently, a design-build project has begun for Launch Properties. The first phase of this 286,000 square foot industrial manufacturing building is now under way. Upon completion, this building will be home  to multi-tenants in this manufacturing facility, with one tenant already committed to this project. You may learn more about this design-build project by clicking here.

The next Lakeville commercial project our team has under way is for McDonald Eye Care. McDonald Eye Care has been in business for more than 40 years, serving the residents of Lakeville, Minnesota, with their eye care needs. Due to the restructuring of CR-50 (Kenwood Trail), the need to change the location of their building became necessary. As a result, APPRO Development has assisted the owners through the process of land acquisition for their new home located just next door to their existing building. You may learn more about this project by clicking here. If you love aerial/drone footage, you will definitely want to check out their Facebook page, as they have posted regular updates on the project, too.

2017-5-22 FTG Installation  (5).jpgAnother Lakeville Commercial project the team is working on this summer is the expansion project for Lakeview Bank. Our team at APPRO built the original building for Lakeview Bank when they opened their doors at 9725 163rd Street West, Lakeville, MN 55044, in 2004. A dozen years later, they have chosen our team again to build an addition onto their existing building. You may learn more about the project and view photos as the construction progresses, by clicking on the following LINK.

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Finally, our team is constructing a new school for Christian Heritage Academy (CHA). The existing school is located off of Glacier Way in Rosemount, Minnesota at Valley Christian Church. Their new location will be on the campus of Crossroads Church, at the intersection of Glasgow Avenue and 175th Street West in Lakeville, Minnesota (just off the intersection of Dodd Boulevard and Cedar Avenue (CR-77) behind Cub Foods near Barley + Vine Restaurant. This project is well under way with concrete walls complete, and a lot of daily progress being made. Our updates may be viewed at the following link. Pastor Paul Marzahn also posts regular updates to the CHA Facebook page which may be found HERE.

This is a sample of the projects we are currently working on, in the city of Lakeville, Minnesota. 

If you are wondering about what it takes to start a project similar to any of these listed above, please click on the following link to download a Project and Process Timeline. It will help to give you an idea of the necessary time involved to start a design build construction project with our team at APPRO Development, Inc..