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Bidding Process Simplification Tips for HOAs in California

Some community associations simply get three proposals and price quotes, and go with the lowest bidder. That sounds easy, but buyer beware – there is much more to the bidding process than many board members realize. Sometimes simply choosing a vendor by its low price will get you exactly what you pay for. Here are some best practices on simplifying the bidding process and maximizing the value your association receives.

Posted on Wednesday March 23, 2016 read more

Effective Tips to Enhance Your Building’s Lobby

Your lobby is the first thing any visitor will notice and sets the tone for making a great first impression. Lobbies that are clean, uncluttered and appointed with the right furnishings can create an inviting welcome. On the flip side, dirty and outdated lobbies send a very different message. Your building and how it is perceived is a key element of your association’s brand. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you create a great first impression.

Posted on Friday March 18, 2016 read more

Part 1: Electric Cars and Charging Stations – Is Your HOA Ready?

Take a drive on any major interstate in California and it will be difficult to drive any distance without passing, or being passed, by an electric vehicle. In fact, nearly a half-million plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have been purchased in the US over the past five years. Read this article to see if your HOA is ready for this new trend.

Posted on Thursday March 17, 2016 read more

Six Organization Tips for Your Association’s Paperwork

Organizing paper work is generally not high on the list of things people like to do. But as an HOA board member, having organized records is essential for an efficient and well run association, as well as for your own credibility.

Posted on Monday December 15, 2014 read more

How to Set Pet Policies For Your Community

Do your homeowner association's governing documents spell out what is allowed for pets in your community? Are the pets in your association on their best behavior? Pet owners are accountable for ensuring they follow the policies in your community.

Posted on Thursday December 11, 2014 read more

Paint or Plaster? The Answer for Your Pool Resurfacing Needs

The winter season is here...which means it's a great time for pool maintenance! No matter how attentively you’ve cared for your pool over the past year (or several years), at some point it will need to be resurfaced.

Posted on Wednesday December 03, 2014 read more

Five Ways to Create a Better Lifestyle

When people look for a new home, they’re seeking more than a place to live. It entails something beyond four walls and a roof. That “something” is lifestyle.

Posted on Thursday November 20, 2014 read more

Selling Your Home: Preparation Tips to Add Appeal and Value

With the real estate market warming up, more homeowners are now selling and buying. As a seller, adding instant curb appeal can help make your home more appealing and make it sell faster.  

Posted on Thursday October 02, 2014 read more

Managing Waste for a Greener Community

More people adds to more waste needing to be managed. It’s also important to be in line with green initiatives as a smart way to handle waste management.

Posted on Thursday October 02, 2014 read more

17 Ways to Get the Best From Your Contractor

When you are faced with hiring a contractor, there are specific things to look for to make your decision a good one. And, to weed out those contractors who may not deliver on your expectations.

Posted on Thursday October 02, 2014 read more

10 Ways to Go Green

“Going green” sounds easy enough. But when it comes to California communities, the diversity of options and available strategies can get a little overwhelming.  Your community association management company can help. An excellent management company is adept at developing sustainable, planet-friendly strategies that help your community accomplish the twin objectives of saving money and saving the planet.

Posted on Wednesday August 06, 2014 read more

What Service Issues can the Best Property Management Companies Provide?

Community association or HOA Board members always want to hire a property management company that can provide the best service for their community's needs.  But what are they looking for?  

Posted on Tuesday August 05, 2014 read more

The Surprising Way to Stretch Your Association's Dollars

If you’re a board member of a high-rise, condo, co-op or HOA, you know that effectively managing your community’s budget is a key priority. You’ve probably investigated some ways to save money and get the best deals, yet still maintain high levels of service.

Posted on Tuesday August 05, 2014 read more

How to Have More Productive Board Meetings: Helping Your HOA Board Members Work Together

For board members of condos, co-ops or homeowner associations (HOAs), board meetings can be effective or not.  Board members may disagree, discussions about minor issues can dominate meetings and people who speak loudest may not always be on target.  Some days it may even seem impossible to get anything done

Posted on Tuesday August 05, 2014 read more

Four Ways the Best Service from Your Property Management Team Starts Before You Even Ask

For many communities, responsive service from a property management company is the best they can hope for when it comes to issue resolution. But what if you required more from your property management team? What if you held them to a higher standard, demanding that they address challenges early enough so that they never become full-blown issues at all?

Posted on Tuesday August 05, 2014 read more

How to Choose the Best Property Management Company - 10 Questions You Need to Ask Today

Finding the best property management service for your community can be a complex task. Busier real estate markets may have dozens of residential management companies that you can choose from, and they might seem very similar at first glance.

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014 read more

12 Qualities that Make a Great Property Management Company

When choosing the right property management company for your community, you will be asking a variety of questions to assess whether the company or manager will be the right fit for your board and your residents.

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014 read more

Beware of These Five Budget Busters

As a board member, one of your principal responsibilities is stewardship of the association’s finances. A lot of that boils down to one thing: the annual budget.   Unfortunately, for many board members, “annual budget” is just another term for “big headache.” It doesn’t have to be that way. By staying aware of common budgeting pitfalls, you can make the creation of your annual budget less of a hassle – and ensure an entire year of minimal money woes while you’re at it.   To help you get there, here’s a list of five things that tend to blow association budgets. The best HOA management company will partner with you to help manage these budget busters so your community can avoid paying the price – literally and figuratively – later.

Posted on Friday July 18, 2014 read more

Five Ways to Keep Your Community Relevant in California

Surely you’ve heard the saying “keep your eye on the ball!” It’s a way to remind you to keep focused on the task at hand and not be distracted by outside influences. After all, if your attention strays, you could get hit with said ball.

Posted on Wednesday June 25, 2014 read more

How to prepare for an earthquake and its aftermath in California

An earthquake in California can strike at any time, and they are daily occurrences throughout the state with varying impact and magnitude, with approximately 10,000 taking place each year.

Posted on Wednesday May 21, 2014 read more
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