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Fire Prevention Week: Tips to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

Posted on Thursday October 08, 2015

October 4–10 is Fire Prevention Week, so now’s the time to take stock and eliminate potential fire hazards in your home – after all, being aware of possible risks and taking steps to correct them can go a long way toward keeping your family safe. If your HOA or community association distributes fire safety information, be sure to familiarize yourself with the materials and put any prevention tips into practice. You can also consult with a good property management company for proven fire safety insights and advice. But since we’re right in the middle of Fire Prevention Week, we asked Morgan Lepson, a property manager at FirstService Residential in Maryland, for some proven tips.

12 Tips for Efficient Community Construction Project Management

Posted on Monday October 05, 2015

So your homeowners association is going to undertake a construction or improvement project for your community. That can be exciting – and more than a little daunting, too. The construction project management process can be fraught with complications and frustrations – after all, with so many moving pieces, there are a number of things that can go wrong.  To smooth your way, you can consult with an experienced property management company to obtain proven guidance and advice.  But to get started, we’ve put together a dozen pointers to help your community construction project build towards success.  

News You Can Use: Flash Flood Guidelines and Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

Posted on Friday October 02, 2015

In many parts of the country, flash flood watches and/or flash flood warnings are often issued during torrential downpours, especially in hurricane-prone and/or low-lying areas.

Annual Meetings and Special Meetings: FAQs for Homeowners Associations and Shareholders

Posted on Tuesday September 29, 2015

Why have we called this meeting? To once again talk about meetings, an important and necessary part of homeowners association governance. As you may recall, in our recent article “Board Meeting Basics,” we provided a helpful go-to- guide to help homeowners associations hold more effective and successful… you guessed it, Board meetings. Now we’re following up with the scoop on two additional – but just as important – types of association meetings: annual meetings and special meetings.

Maintenance Tips to Help Your Homeowners Association Prepare for Fall

Posted on Thursday September 24, 2015

With the dog days of summer behind us and the leaves starting to change, it’s essential that your community association begins to change its maintenance activities as well.  In fall, preparation for winter is key – after all, despite an occasional lingering warmth in the air, we know that in many parts of the country, cold weather is inevitably on the way. Whether your HOA is self-managed or professionally managed, getting started on your fall and winter prep will help keep your operations running smoothly as the seasons and temperatures change – and that will keep your residents happy as well.

Tips to Help your Building Implement a No-Smoking Policy

Posted on Tuesday September 22, 2015

The dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke are well known, and tobacco use is now the leading cause of disease and preventable death in the United States. But smoking doesn’t just impact our personal health – it also affects the buildings we live in, potentially increasing the risks of fire and property damage, raising insurance costs, increasing legal liability and more. In addition, property management companies, condominium associations and property owners often field complaints from homeowners about how smoking doesn’t just affect their health and safety, but also their lifestyle – issues like secondhand smoke drifting into their units, increased litter and fire hazards from discarded cigarette butts, smelly and unsightly ashtrays ruining the aesthetics of common areas, and more.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Rental Restrictions

Posted on Saturday September 19, 2015

It’s an issue that every board faces sooner or later: how many renters should our association allow in our community? 

How to Hire the Best Property Management Company

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015

Here’s the good news: hiring the right property management company is going to make your life as an HOA Board Member much easier. On the flip side: there is no shortage of property management firms to choose from, so selecting the best fit for your community association is going to take a little bit of work. 

From Property Developer to HOA Leadership: The Importance of a Great Transition Team

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015

During the lifecycle of every managed community, there comes a time when the community’s property developer transfers control of the homeowners association to its duly elected owner-controlled HOA Board.  That very important stage is known as the transition, and it’s not always easy – and usually takes an entire team to make sure it’s done correctly.  

Board Meeting Basics for HOA Board Members

Posted on Thursday September 10, 2015

Quick, what springs to mind when you hear the word “meetings?” Love them or hate them, if you’re a homeowners association (HOA) board member, you know that meetings are an essential part of community association governance. What some people don’t realize is that community associations operate as businesses, so they must hold regular meetings of their officers and shareholders–in this case, board members and homeowners.

 

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