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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.

Effective Waste Management Can Make Your Strata Green

It can be daunting trying to go green. With numerous programs and opportunities available to reduce, re-use and recycle, it’s hard to know where to begin.

Posted on Thursday February 05, 2015 read more

Establishing Pet Policies for Your Strata

The dog is at it again! Barking, running around the building, making a mess of the common garden, and even leaving waste around the building. Oh no, it’s your neighbour’s dog!

Posted on Wednesday January 21, 2015 read more

Quick Strata Snow Tips

To help prepare for the winter snow, here are some quick maintenance tips your strata can follow: 

Posted on Monday January 12, 2015 read more

Three Ways to Save Your Roof from Ice Damming

With the onset of winter, you’re probably thinking about keeping warm. But that ice or snow buildup on your roof means more than a visit from Old Man Winter – it could spell roofing problems later on.

Posted on Monday December 29, 2014 read more

The Quick Guide to Finding a Strata Management Company

So your council has been self-managing your strata, and now you’re ready to hire a strata management company. Good decision! At first, you feel relief and then...panic sets in.

Posted on Thursday November 13, 2014 read more

Securing Your Strata: 10 Smart Steps

Safety is everyone’s business. But it is of particular importance to strata management companies and council members. A secure strata means a happier and safer community, and that is what is most important to owners and residents.

Posted on Friday November 07, 2014 read more

The Key to a Worry-Free Vacation

Here is a helpful infographic on how to prepare your home for time away this summer. Here are some simple tips to safeguard your home and property, and to reduce energy bills while you are off enjoying your vacation.

Posted on Tuesday September 02, 2014 read more

The Surprising Way to Stretch Your Strata’s Dollars

   Of the many Strata Corporations across North America that had significant financial savings year after year, we found that there was one thing they all had in common: they all had a partnership with a property management company. Read on to discover some things your residential management company should be doing to improve your cash flow and stretch your budget.                  

Posted on Monday August 04, 2014 read more

To Self-Manage or Not? How to Get the Best Property Management Service

How can I get the best service for my Strata? That’s a question Strata Councils wrestle with regularly. Some self-managed properties believe they cannot afford to hire a professional property management, however, a professional property management company is one thing many communities cannot afford to be without. 

Posted on Monday August 04, 2014 read more

Six Facts About Preparing a Depreciation Report

Though nobody can predict the future, it’s safe to say that the major systems and amenities of your Strata will, at some point, require repair and replacement.   The challenging part is determining when the repairs might be needed, and how much they might cost. Sound impossible? 

Posted on Wednesday July 16, 2014 read more

MHN Interview: Alan Missen, CIO, FirstService Residential

Alan Missen, FirstService Residential's newly appointed CIO, spoke with Multi-Housing News Online about the company's unique technology platforms for Strata Residents.

Posted on Monday July 07, 2014 read more

Talking the Talk: Communication Between Strata Corporations and Property Management Companies

Here are some ways your property management company should be connecting with you.

Posted on Sunday June 29, 2014 read more

Which of These Three Maintenance Styles Describes You?

Most Councils approach maintenance programs in one of three ways. Take a look at the different maintenance styles below and see which one applies to you.

Posted on Sunday June 29, 2014 read more

Five Traits that Make You a Perfect Fit for Your Strata Council

Here are five traits of the ideal Strata Council Member – if they describe you, then you’re ready to join!

Posted on Wednesday June 25, 2014 read more

Five Steps Strata Council Members Can Take to Identify and Resolve Conflict

Here are five valuable tips to help you avoid damaging conflict, unite Council Members, and agree on strong solutions to your community’s everyday issues.  

Posted on Wednesday June 25, 2014 read more

The Essential Five People On Your Strata Council

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.

Posted on Wednesday June 25, 2014 read more

Simple Tips to Help Your Residents Plan for Summer Vacation

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to hit the road! Many families will be going to beaches, the mountains, on cruises, and more. Here are some simple tips to help ensure your home remains safe and well maintained while you are off enjoying the summer sun.

Posted on Tuesday June 24, 2014 read more

FirstService Residential Welcomes "Nest" as New Property Management Client

FirstService Residential Announces Owners of Nest in Burnaby as One of Newest Clients

Posted on Thursday June 19, 2014 read more

Important Terms All Strata Council Members Should Know

You have just been appointed to your Strata Council. Now it’s time to brush up on your vocabulary with terms that are going to be a part of your new life as a Council Member.

Posted on Tuesday June 10, 2014 read more

Debunking the Eight Biggest Myths About Partnering with a Property Management Company

Here’s one of the great ironies of the property management industry:  though it’s incredibly big, it’s still a big mystery to most people. In the interest of transforming mystery into a portrait of the industry’s reality, you’re invited to consider these eight myths about property management firms.

Posted on Tuesday June 10, 2014 read more
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