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Here you will find some of the latest articles about FirstService Residential in the various markets we serve.
 

Four Ways Active Adult Communities Are Changing

Mention the phrase “active adult communities” and a few images probably spring to mind. But whatever you’re thinking (and we’re guessing it involves golf carts), the reality is actually a lot more diverse. 

Posted on Monday October 06, 2014 read more

Put an Energy Saving Program Together for a Multifamily Property

Many HOAs and community associations would like to save energy and energy spending, but they think that putting an energy management plan into place for their multifamily property is difficult to accomplish.  FS Energy's Chris Normandeau explains some basic, easy-to-do steps that can make a real impact on an association's energy usage and budget.  

Posted on Thursday October 02, 2014 read more

Eight Jobs You’ll Master as HOA Board President

Are you considering serving as the President of the HOA Board for your homeowner or community association? Well, before you picture yourself at the head of the table, transforming your community into the vision of perfection you have in your head, it might be good to take stock of the many jobs you’ll be doing to help you get there.

Posted on Wednesday October 01, 2014 read more

10 Steps to Plan a Successful Community Event

You’re planning an event for your homeowner (HOA) or community association. Congratulations! After the initial excitement comes growing panic, right? Well, not necessarily. Bringing your community together for a holiday party or BBQ can be fun in every way – including the planning. 

Posted on Monday September 29, 2014 read more

Six Organization Tips for Your Association’s Paperwork

Let’s face it: nobody puts “organizing paperwork” at the top of his or her favorite-things-to-do list. But maintaining good records is essential to the critical functions of your homeowner association (HOA), and following a system of organization can streamline your operations by increasing efficiency, providing transparency and preserving a history of communication.

Posted on Thursday September 25, 2014 read more

Three Things to Remember About Life with Your Aging Parent

As our parents age, we are fortunate to enjoy an ever-evolving relationship with them. With time comes perspective, and with that perspective comes a new way for adults to relate with their parents. 

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014 read more

Four Ways to Maintain Your HOA’s Financial Fitness

Keeping your homeowner association (HOA) or community association’s finances healthy works the same way as staying physically fit: don’t overindulge and make smart choices. And the upside is that the only thing you’ll have to exercise is good judgment. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Posted on Friday September 12, 2014 read more

What Makes Community Association Management a Great Career?

Community association management is an industry filled with diversity. You’ll find people from all walks of life who have chosen it as a career path, and all for their own personal reasons. What is the one commonality? It’s easy to love what they do!

Posted on Wednesday September 10, 2014 read more

Increasing HOA Volunteerism By Effectively Engaging Homeowners

Regardless of the size of your community, or where it’s located, there is always one thing that every community association board and committee needs: resident volunteers. Unfortunately, however, volunteers are often a scarce resource. 

Posted on Wednesday September 03, 2014 read more

4 Back To School Tips to Keep Parents Sane and Kids Happy

As a parent, you know what back to school means. It’s more than a change in your schedule -- it’s a change in your whole reality. Rushing out the door. Blasting through the homework. Making second trips back to the house for forgotten lunch boxes, book order money or scarves. 

Posted on Tuesday September 02, 2014 read more

Four Tips for Establishing Board Member Succession in Your Community

Thriving business organizations plan for succession. It’s built into their corporate strategy – team members with potential are identified early on, and then groomed for the leadership positions they’ll someday hold.

Posted on Thursday August 28, 2014 read more

Five Ways to Ready Your Pool for Inspection

A health inspector is coming to assess your community pool. Are you prepared?  If not, a pool inspection can be a major source of anxiety for your board members and residents.  But don’t throw in the towel – there are steps you can take to make sure your inspection goes...well, swimmingly.

Posted on Tuesday August 26, 2014 read more

FirstService Residential Sustainability Expo

Reducing energy usage and costs, while increasing "green" living is vitally important not just for multi-family properties and residents, but also for the environment.  In New York, FirstService Residential recently hosted its Third Annual Sustainability Expo and Symposium to help building staff and property managers increase their commitment and actions towards increasing efficiency and sustainability.  Want to know more?  Check out this recent spread in the Mann Management Report.  

Posted on Monday August 25, 2014 read more

How to Implement a Comprehensive Flooring Policy

Could the upstairs neighbors possibly be any louder? It sounds like a war is going on up there with all the furniture moving. And when they walk around, it sounds like they’re stomping around in cement shoes. Enough is enough!

Posted on Monday August 25, 2014 read more

Monster Meetings - Stick to the Rules to Control Meetings

While association meetings usually run smoothly, Board members with differing opinions and agendas can create tension and stress.  The good news is that by following standard procedure protocols, Board meetings can be run without a hitch.  In this article from chicagocooperator.com, FirstService Residential VP Patricia Bialek of Illinois summarizes "Roberts Rules of Order" and explains how Board presidents can use them to keep meetings under control.

Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014 read more

Simple Landscaping Tips To Help You Prepare for Storm Season

For most of us, storm season means prepping our residences to mitigate potential damage caused by high winds and heavy rains. But there’s a part of our homes and neighborhoods we often overlook – sometimes with disastrous results. That often-forgotten place is right outside your front door: it’s your landscaping.

Posted on Wednesday August 20, 2014 read more

Managing Waste for a Greener Community

With a growing focus on proper environmental stewardship, many associations are working toward implementing green initiatives. But getting there can be daunting. With so many programs and opportunities available for all of us to reduce, re-use and recycle, it’s hard to know where to begin. 

Posted on Tuesday August 19, 2014 read more

Selling Your Home: Preparation Tips to Add Appeal and Value

Selling your home?  Congratulations!  Now the real work begins.  Taking steps to make your home look its best and appeal to homebuyers can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the best ways to prepare it for sale.  Here are some pointers to help you spruce up your home, both inside and out, to show it to its best advantage – and change that “For Sale” sign to “Sold.”

Posted on Friday August 15, 2014 read more

Choosing the Right Community Association Management Company to Manage Community Amenities

Having a swimming pool, a fitness area, or even a place to hold rooftop parties for residents are perks that can make any community stand out. But how does a community association board handle and operate those features?

Posted on Friday August 08, 2014 read more

17 Ways to Get the Best From Your Contractor

When you hire a contractor, it could either be the best decision you ever made, or the worst. The stakes are high; a good contractor will execute your vision on time and on budget, whereas a not-so-good one will be the source of bad workmanship, unexpected delays, inconvenience and a whole lot of headaches.

Posted on Friday August 01, 2014 read more
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