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Here you will find articles about condominium living, condo management and other topics of interest for board members, owners and residents.
 

LED Lighting: It’s a bright choice

LED lighting is a great way for a condo building to save money on energy and light bulbs. Since the lights use much less energy and have a significantly longer operating life, the positive impact on the corporation’s operating budget is definitely worth the initial investment.

Posted on Wednesday December 28, 2016 read more

Eleven Tips to Improve the Security of your Home

Don’t make it easy for criminals to get into your home. These 11 common sense tips will help homeowners improve the security of their property and make it safer for their families.

Posted on Wednesday December 21, 2016 read more

Creating Positive Interactions Between Condo Board Members

Everyone brings their own assumptions and methods of completing tasks to each group to which they belong. Condominium board members are no different. While the diversity of the group can be its greatest strength, it also can create difficulties between the individual members. It is important to structure condo board meetings in a way that creates a professional and positive working relationship. Here are some tips to help boards achieve this.

Posted on Wednesday December 14, 2016 read more

How to Prevent Water Damage

Living through a situation where your condominium is damaged due to a water loss can be extremely difficult. While you may not be able to stop every occurrence that threatens your home, there are steps you can take to help minimize the risk.

Posted on Wednesday December 07, 2016 read more

How to Create Policies for Your Condo Association—Without Making Enemies

Rules are essential in a multi-family community. They layout expectations for the residents and promote a spirit of co-operation amongst the group. When the board-set policies are violated, a defined set of steps should occur to encourage compliance. It is important for a condo board to craft their policies thoughtfully, looking at the rules from all angles to determine the balance between the need, property values and homeowner freedom. Here are eight steps to consider when developing policies for your condominium.

Posted on Tuesday December 06, 2016 read more

Four Ways to Maintain the Holiday Spirit While Enforcing Your Condo Association’s Decorating Policies

Decorating our homes to celebrate the holidays, national observances, festivals, seasons and more is something many love to do. It creates a sense of community and comfort to observe these annual events. If you live in a condominium community you need to know what the rules surrounding this type of expression are. You may be limited to the amount of decorations you display. Lights might have to be turned off after a certain time so they do not shine on into the wee hours disturbing the sleep of neighbours. There may be limits to how many days or weeks the décor can be displayed. Of course, as a board member, you don’t want to ruin the party, but you have to be knowledgeable about the rules and ensure they are communicated clearly to residents so they can maintain their festivities within the guidelines.

Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016 read more

The Sharing Economy Part 2: Reducing the Risks to Condo Associations and Residents

Short term vacation rentals are popular with both travelers and the homeowners that rent to them. Perhaps you have stayed in a home that was advertised on Airbnb or VRBO. Maybe you have rented your home this way. For the most part people love this alternative to staying in a hotel or a B & B.   But what are the implications when the home is part of a multi-family community? What about the common areas and amenities for which all the owners pay upkeep? There can be insurance implications as well. This article discusses some ways the risks to the condominium and its residents can be reduced.

Posted on Tuesday November 22, 2016 read more

The Sharing Economy Part 1: The Effects of Short-Term Rentals on Your Condo Association

How are short-term rentals, the sharing economy, affecting your condominium community? Many love the ability to travel to new destinations and have the opportunity to rent an actual home as part of the experience, at a price that is likely less than a hotel. But what are the implications in a multi-family residence? Read part 1 of our series on the phenomenon here.

Posted on Friday November 11, 2016 read more

What to Expect When You Transition to a New Condominium Management Company

Once your condominium board makes the decision to change to a new property management company, the transition process begins. A good management company will have proven processes in place to ensure the changeover proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Posted on Tuesday November 01, 2016 read more

Keeping Your Condo Community Relevant in Alberta

It is important for condominium boards to consider ways to keep their corporations relevant in an ever changing world. Complacency can make your community less desirable to residents and prospective home owners. Consider these five tips to help your multi-family property continue to flourish.

Posted on Monday October 24, 2016 read more

Six Simple Steps to Develop Your Condo Corporation’s Budget

A good budget provides the framework for the successful operation of a condominium corporation. Sometimes condo board members are daunted by this important undertaking. We have broken the task down into manageable steps to help you create a financial plan that will accomplish your goals.

Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016 read more

Tips for Improving Your Dog’s Behaviour and Keeping the Peace at Your Condo

You love your dog and want him to be accepted by your neighbours. However, he has a few bad habits that sometimes make him less-than-welcome in your multi-family community. Don’t despair, often the difference between a not-so-good dog and a good community citizen is as simple as training. Here are seven tips that will help you strengthen the relationship between you, your dog and the people around you.

Posted on Wednesday October 12, 2016 read more

Common Mistakes Condo Board Members Make (and How to Avoid Them!)

Not surprisingly there are many personalities at play among the volunteer members of a condo board. With decades of experience dealing with every type of board you could imagine, we have come up with four common mistakes we observe.  See if you recognize any of these. If so, we offer suggestions for how board members can avoid making them.

Posted on Wednesday October 05, 2016 read more

Encouraging More Homeowners to Volunteer

Volunteerism is vital to the success of a condominium corporation. The board is made up of volunteer homeowners as are any committees that may be formed. Even though volunteering is important, it is often difficult to convince people to step up. Here are five tips to help encourage more residents to become involved.

Posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 read more

Fire Prevention and Safety for High- and Mid-rise Condo Dwellers

Many condo residents love the lifestyle that comes with living in a high- or mid-rise condominium building. It could be the amenities, the views or the convenience that attracts them, but there’s no question that for some it’s the right choice. But how often do people think about fire safety? It’s important to plan for the event that we all hope will never happen to us – here are a few things to consider to be prepared for a fire emergency.

Posted on Tuesday September 13, 2016 read more

Keeping Your Condo Board Committees on Track

Community committees allow residents to become involved in the activities of their condominium. They can also help reduce the work load for the volunteer board. In order to function properly though, committees do need structure and board guidance. These eight tips will help to ensure your committees make positive contributions to the community and are aligned with board goals.

Posted on Tuesday September 06, 2016 read more

The Five Keys to Running Effective Condo Board Meetings

If you’ve ever been a volunteer board member, you probably know the importance of board meetings. However, sometimes they are not as productive and professional as they could be. Delicate situations can arise. To keep your meetings focused, respectful and collaborative, put these helpful tips into practice.

Posted on Wednesday August 31, 2016 read more

Bringing Out the Best in Challenging Condo Board Members

Condominium board members are volunteers that come from a variety of backgrounds. They bring different perspectives, attitudes and abilities to the table. These things can be a positive force as the group may be introduced to fresh perspectives, but sometimes it results in conflict. When this happens, it is important to know how to steer the group toward an amicable resolution.

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016 read more

Three Ways to Get Involved and Make a Difference in Your Community

As a condominium owner you have an opportunity be involved in the operation of the community. The successful operation of the corporation depends on those who volunteer their time in some capacity. But perhaps you don’t know how to contribute. Here a few ways, with different levels of commitment to participate.

Posted on Thursday August 18, 2016 read more

Creating a Condo Flooring Policy to Address Noise Issues

When people live in close quarters, it is inevitable that they will hear sounds from neighbouring condos from time to time. Noise between units can be minimized in many ways. One of the most effective tools for a condominium board to implement is a flooring policy that guides owners when they want to replace their floor coverings. Choosing the right products makes a big difference when it comes to the transfer of noise between condominium units. 

Posted on Tuesday August 16, 2016 read more
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