A Fresh Approach to Community Preventative Maintenance
Posted on Wednesday May 04, 2016
While community preventative maintenance keeps systems running in a way that keeps future problems from happening, predictive maintenance entails using existing data to determine when systems might fail. Creating your community preventative maintenance schedule will help you budget for these occurrences – and eliminate most of those nasty surprises. Here’s how you can do it.
Checklist for a Pain-Free Move
Posted on Friday April 29, 2016
You’re moving! That means an exciting new beginning. It also means a lot of work. But no need to stress out – following a simple checklist can prevent those moving migraines.
One thing you’ll want to keep in mind: starting as soon as possible is the best policy. Good planning early on will save you some real heartache later. And though we’ve created a timeline that starts at two months out, your home closing may happen in as little as 45 days – just be sure to start the first items on the checklist as soon as you possibly can.
What to Consider When Filling an HOA Board Vacancy
Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016
You've gone from a fully functioning homeowners association (HOA) board to a leadership group with a gaping vacancy. This hampers productivity, causes confusion, and at its worst, may create worry amongst your association members.
But not to fret. HOA Board turnover happens. And if managed correctly, you can fill the opening and get back to business in short order. Below are some tips to help you through the process of filling an HOA Board vacancy.
How Your HOA Can Make Your Community Pet Friendly
Posted on Friday April 22, 2016
Before deciding that pet amenities are right for your community, find out if your residents even want them. How many residents actually have pets? Will most residents be willing to appropriate space and money for these amenities? Depending on your unique needs, constraints, and level of interest, here are five suggestions for making your community more pet-friendly.
Airbnb & Short-Term Rentals: How to Reduce Risks to Multi-Family Buildings and Residents
Posted on Monday April 04, 2016
The sharing economy continues to grow, and this, in turn, is fueling the proliferation of home-sharing websites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. In our previous article on this growing trend, we discussed how the interest in short-term rentals is impacting multi-family buildings throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now we’re back with a game plan to help your condo board or strata council protect its interests.
Engaged Homeowners, Stronger Communities – Three Ways to Get Involved
Posted on Tuesday March 29, 2016
When you purchase a home or unit within a deed-restricted community or building, your new residence comes complete with an added bonus – membership in your association. Whether your association is an HOA, community association or condo association, it’s comprised of fellow homeowners and stakeholders who, like you, want to protect the community’s property values, enhance its quality of life and make it a desirable place to live, both now and in the future.But an association can’t achieve these goals without homeowner involvement – after all, how can you have a say in what happens in your community if you don’t participate?
Community Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration
Posted on Friday March 25, 2016
While it’s always best that all parties in an HOA, community association, condo association or other deed-restricted community agree and cooperate, it’s a fact of life that conflicts or disputes may arise. In many cases, the parties can settle their differences amicably and directly through frank and open discussion or negotiation. In other instances you may need mediation or arbitration to find a resolution.
Want to Start a Neighborhood Watch Program? Here are Some Important Considerations
Posted on Monday March 21, 2016
Neighborhood Watch programs can provide significant benefits to communities – after all, they boost community awareness, communication and involvement, while reducing opportunities for neighborhood crimes to occur. But if you’re interested in getting started, there are many important factors to consider. Here’s an overview.
Top Qualities of an Effective HOA or Community Association Committee Member
Posted on Thursday March 17, 2016
Have you ever considered joining an HOA, condo, cooperative or community association committee? If so, you may want to delve deeper into the possibilities – after all, being part of a committee can be a valuable experience in many ways. You can share your expertise, learn about an issue affecting your building or community and gain governance experience – a boon if you’d like to become a community leader. In addition, you can work collaboratively with a team, conduct research, meet with subject matter experts, get to know your neighbors and make a difference for your fellow homeowners.
How the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Impacts HOA Assessments
Posted on Wednesday March 09, 2016
Nobody likes to see prices go up for things they want or need, whether it’s a plane ticket, a quart of milk or even a college degree. But as we all know, rising inflation often leads to rising costs – and that can impact the budget assessments set each year by homeowners associations (HOAs) or community associations. If your community is professionally managed, consult with your property management company for more information – a quality firm will be able to leverage its budgeting and financial experience to provide guidance. But to get you started, we’ve compiled some information about the Consumer Price Index – what it is and what you need to consider before you get started.