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Four Ways to Set Decoration Policies without Ruining the Holiday Party

Posted on Tuesday December 04, 2018

The holiday season is upon us, and nothing puts you in a festive like pulling your holiday decorations out of storage. Many people derive a sense of community and comfort from seeing familiar decorations at the same time each year.

 

Tis the Season…Will Your Holiday Packages Arrive Safely and on Time?

Posted on Tuesday December 04, 2018

It’s that wonderful time of year! Many of us are shopping online to get that perfect gift for our loved ones. And, for those doing last-minute shopping, we don’t want to have to worry that something will go wrong with our deliveries.

 

Building Security Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted on Tuesday December 04, 2018

Security risks increase exponentially during the holiday seasons for high-rise buildings. Many residents travel for the holidays, move to warmer weather during the winter months, or have an influx of guests and family members in and out. These factors make it easy for intruders to make it into the building, especially if there are no procedures in place to track the many people and deliveries in and out of the building.

What Your Strata Corporation Needs to Know About the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

Posted on Monday October 15, 2018

The Canadian Senate passed Bill C-45, known as the ‘Cannabis Act’, in June 2018 which legalized the recreational use of cannabis across Canada. The first G-7 country to do so! When Bill-C45 goes into effect on October 17th, Canadians will be able to purchase, consume and grow cannabis as well as make cannabis-containing products at home, such as food and drinks.
 

5 Ways to Establish Strata Policies That Make Sense

Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

Strata corporations need to have policies in place to function well. However, if you create new rules without adequately considering all their potential effects, or if you don’t enforce them properly, things can go awry. Rules that go too far or are not enforced consistently – if at all – can cause resentment and animosity among residents and can erode your strata’s sense of community. So what can your council do to dodge these types of problems?
 

The Essential Five People On Your Strata Council

Posted on Thursday August 16, 2018

It takes a lot to build a great community. You need committed residents, a dedicated strata council, and a clear understanding of everybody's roles and responsibilities.

5 Tips to Improve How Your Council Communicates the Strata Budget

Posted on Tuesday July 03, 2018

Creating your strata corporation’s annual budget is one of your council’s most important jobs. It takes a lot of time and hard work, and it frequently means making tough spending decisions. Strata members often scrutinize it carefully because of how much it impacts the strata as a whole and themselves as individual homeowners. “The budget affects everyone because it’s something that all the owners in the strata are contributing to,” explains Dylan Murray, controller for FirstService Residential in British Columbia. “You can never over communicate about it.”
 

Depreciation Reports: What You Need to Know

Posted on Monday May 21, 2018

A depreciation report provides an inventory of your Strata Corporation’s common property and assets, their projected 30-year maintenance and replacement cost. It is a useful tool for Strata Councils when it comes to budgeting for capital projects and it also gives transparency for owners and buyers on the building.

3 Ways Your Strata Corporation Can Fund Capital Expenses

Posted on Tuesday May 15, 2018

Your strata council may not want to think about future expenses given what you need to spend money on today. But eventually, you’ll need to fund the repair or replacement of your building’s big-ticket components. Whether that means replacing the roof, overhauling the elevators or installing a new heating and cooling system, you can’t overlook these projects. So how does your strata plan to pay for them?
 

11 Qualities that Make a Great Strata Management Company

Posted on Monday May 14, 2018

While every strata corporation has its own unique needs, and every strata management company has a unique way of serving them, there are a handful of qualities that any great company should have. And if they don’t, steer clear.

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