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Bringing Out the Best in Challenging Condo Board Members

Posted on Monday August 29, 2016

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.

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

Posted on Thursday August 18, 2016

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.

Creating a Condo Flooring Policy to Address Noise Issues

Posted on Tuesday August 16, 2016

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. 

The Condo Residents’ (Unofficial) Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Posted on Friday August 12, 2016

Life in a multi-family community is much more pleasant when residents and leaders each understand their individual rights and responsibilities. As in all aspects of life, respect for each other and adherence to the rules are key components to successful community relations.

Drowning in Paperwork? Six Guidelines for Getting it Organized

Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2016

We all know that “organizing paperwork” is not at the top of most people’s list of things-to-do. Most likely we also know that it suddenly achieves high importance when we have to ask ourselves “now where did I see/put that?” When speaking of the documents of a condominium corporation, it is imperative that these be accessible and up-to-date when they are needed. These six guidelines will help you get it organized.

Should You Consider Moving to a High-Rise Condo?

Posted on Thursday August 04, 2016

There are many things to consider when it is time to move. Maybe you’re moving to a new neighbourhood or a new city. What if you want a complete lifestyle change and are thinking about leaving your single-family home or townhome and considering moving to a high-rise condominium? Depending upon your goals, this may or may not be the right move for you.

Five Elements of Successful Committees

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

In order for condominium committees to be successful, the board of directors must provide planning, structure and clear communication to the volunteer committee members. Consider these five points to ensure your next committee is focused, productive and an asset to your corporation. 

What Will a Great Property Management Company do For You?

Posted on Friday July 29, 2016

Take stock, from time to time, of the relationship your condominium has with its property management company. Is it as healthy as it should be? Consider these four points to determine if it’s good or if it could be improved.

Top Qualities Condo Boards Seek in their Property Management Companies

Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016

If you are a condo board member or resident, you know how important it is to receive great service from your condominium property manager. But what is great service? Well, it’s a collection of things and great management companies make sure they deliver them.

Five Signs You’re Ready to Run for the Board

Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

You’re loving your condo lifestyle and everything that comes with it. Overall you enjoy your neighbours and make use of common areas and amenities. Is it time to think about giving back by participating in how the community runs by volunteering to be a condo board member?

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