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You’ll find some of the recent articles about FirstService Residential in British Columbia and our impact in the Metro Vancouver market here.

Preventative Roof Maintenance is Crucial to the Sustainability and Longevity of Your Roof

We can all agree there are many important elements to a housing structure, but your roof is probably the most important. Changing temperatures, large amounts of rain and high winds can all cause major damage to condominiums. These weather conditions can create all sorts of problems, from minor leaks to major cave-ins that can cost a strata thousands to repair, not to mention the risk to safety and security. 

Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017 read more

True Financial Stability

A strong, healthy strata corporation requires every facet of property management to work in sync toward one common goal...true financial stability. 

Posted on Friday November 03, 2017 read more

How an Integrated Maintenance Plan Can Keep Your Strata from Walking on Thin Ice

Colder weather is upon us, so now is the time to make sure your strata corporation’s maintenance program is on track. You certainly don’t want to discover a leak in your roof during a heavy rainfall or have a boiler stop working during a record cold spell.

Posted on Wednesday November 01, 2017 read more

Smart Financial Planning

Safeguarding a strata corporation’s operating and reserve funds is one of the main fiduciary duties of all board members, not just the treasurer. This means strata councils must protect the financial interests of the strata corporation and its members. 

Posted on Wednesday November 01, 2017 read more

Strata Budgets: Mapping Out Your Strategic Plan

Dive into what it takes to create a strategic plan.

Posted on Wednesday October 04, 2017 read more

Strata Budgets: Things to Consider When Creating Your Strata’s Budget

As a homeowner, you want to live in a place that accentuates your style – from a beautiful sense of arrival or exquisitely decorated building lobby, complete with freshly pruned trees and lush landscaping – but unless your strata council has strategically planned out your strata’s budget, you can forget all of that. 

Posted on Tuesday October 03, 2017 read more

Strata Budgets: Creating a Road Map to Success

It’s budget season! Are you stressed? The word ‘budget’ can be scary, so thinking about creating next year’s budget is daunting for many strata corporations. We’d like to change that. 

Posted on Monday October 02, 2017 read more

Newsletter Article: Getting a Return on Empties

Starting July 1, the City of Vancouver will be penalizing you for leaving your home or condominium vacant. So why not rent it out?

Posted on Thursday September 21, 2017 read more

Newsletter Article: Copping IN

Project Access will allow Vancouver Police into your public areas faster.

Posted on Monday September 18, 2017 read more

Newsletter Article: Time to Walk Away?

From a legal standpoint, the BC Government has made it easier to wind up your strata corporation and sell your property. But that doesn’t make it any less work – or much less challenging. Here are some guidelines from the experts.

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017 read more

Newsletter Article: Coloring Your Assets

A primer on contracting out paint jobs for common areas.

Posted on Monday September 11, 2017 read more

Newsletter Article: An Ounce of Prevention

Like changing the oil in your car, regular maintenance on a building helps keeps everything working properly and safely. For stratas, some tasks are not optional, they are mandatory.

Posted on Thursday September 07, 2017 read more

Newsletter Article: Into the Strata – Sphere

Serving as a council member can be rewarding and fun – while helping you personally protect what is probably your biggest investment.

Posted on Monday September 04, 2017 read more

YouTube Videos: Understanding Depreciation Reports

Learn about Depreciation Reports for your strata corporation by watching the following videos from a recent seminar hosted by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Monday May 01, 2017 read more

Understanding A Depreciation Report

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.

Posted on Friday April 21, 2017 read more

CCI Strata Seminar on Human Rights Complaints

On February 18, 2017, the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) hosted a strata educational seminar on the topic of Human Rights Complaints in Strata Corporations.

Posted on Friday March 10, 2017 read more

YouTube Video: Regular Strata Maintenance – Window Washing

Watch part 9 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations. The video discusses the types of window washing, the factors to consider and the importance regular window washing has on a strata building.

Posted on Thursday February 16, 2017 read more

YouTube Video: Introduction to Regular Maintenance for Strata Corporations

Watch part 8 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Wednesday January 11, 2017 read more

YouTube Video: Required Strata Maintenance – Mechanical, Electrical, and HVAC

Watch part 7 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Wednesday December 21, 2016 read more

YouTube Video: Required Strata Maintenance - Fire & Life Safety (Including Elevators)

Watch part 6 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential. 

Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016 read more
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