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How to Create New Revenue Streams from Your Amenities

Posted on Wednesday February 01, 2017

Savvy boards are always keeping an eye out for ways to maximize revenue. If you’re interested in ramping up your revenue streams, take a look around and imagine the possibilities. Read tips on how you can generate cash flow from your existing amenities. 

Cyber Safety: Steps Board Members Can Take to Protect Your Community

Posted on Sunday January 29, 2017

Isn’t technology wonderful? It’s made so many aspects of life easier, and that includes managing the operations of your community association. Technology does have its vulnerabilities, though, and it’s imperative that they be addressed. Your board can implement these four steps to begin putting your association on a more secure path. 

How To Ensure Great Communication from Your HOA Board

Posted on Wednesday January 25, 2017

Community association residents expect and rely on consistent information from their community management associates, as well as board members. When communication is done well, challenges get faced, questions get answered and community spirit becomes stronger. It provides an opportunity to exchange information and ideas. However, when communication is done poorly, confusion is more likely than clarity. Consider these questions as a roadmap to great communication that will keep everyone on the same path.

The Importance of Having a Partner to Manage and Activate Community Amenities

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

Having a swimming pool, a fitness area, or a clubhouse for residents are perks that can make any community stand out. A good management company has people with many years of experience operating and maintaining these types of features, and they can offer many helpful ways for you to get the most for your community. Here are some ways your community can benefit from the experience of a community association management company, and make your job as a board member a little easier.

Four Communication Essentials of Good Community Management Companies

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

The foundation of any good relationship is communication. And that also holds true for HOAs and community management companies, regardless of whether we’re talking about a townhome community, high-rise or a master-planned community.

Ten Building Security Tips

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

We are all concerned about safety. High Rise management companies and Board members, who have a responsibility to protect the common property, must pay particular attention to security at their properties. A secure condominium means a happier and safer community, and that is what is most important to owners and residents.

Follow These Eight Rules for Good Policy Making in Your Community

Posted on Tuesday October 25, 2016

Cohesive policies help make happy communities. The most important factors in making good policy in a community association, regardless of the issue being addressed, are clarity and sensibility. The board must be clearly united on the policy being created, the reasons why it’s being created and communication of that policy to all residents. Whether you live in the beautiful wooded areas around Bear, near the lovely downtown of Middletown or in a homeowner association on the shoreline at Rehoboth Beach, the basic steps to creating good policy and enforcing it successfully are the same.

Seven Keys to Finding the Right Reserve Study Firm

Posted on Friday September 30, 2016

Your reserve fund helps your association anticipate and budget for the future. The reserve fund gives you the power to maintain the quality of your community by allowing for projects that are both necessary and expensive, including necessary major repairs or capital improvements such as a future roofing or paving project. Setting up your reserve fund can be a complex task, but you don’t have to go it alone -- you simply need to find the right reserve study firm to help. Our seven tips to finding the right reserve study firm for your community will make the process seem much easier.

Tips to Keep Parents Sane and Kids Happy During Back-to-School

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Summer is fading quickly and back-to-school time is here. In Delaware, many schools start at the end of August, which is speeding up! A little organization can go a long way toward minimizing back to school stress – and make this time of year more fun for everyone. Check out these suggestions from California Closets, the leader in custom home storage solutions and an authority in design, for arranging your household to be more school-friendly, and your first day back will earn an A! 

Simple Tips to Help Community Members Plan for Vacation Travel

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Summer is the time to hit the road! With school out and beautiful weather, it’s a great opportunity to go to beaches, camp, escape on a cruise and more. There are tons of options to choose from and lots of details to plan for a great summer vacation for everyone. Whether you’re leaving Wilmington for a road trip to Rehoboth Beach or leaving on a jet plane, it’s just as important, as a homeowner, to think about the state of the home you’ll be leaving behind. Whether you live in a townhouse, condo or single-family home, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for an extended time away.
 
If you work with a community association management company, you can reach out to your community manager for specific vacation preparation tips. No matter where you live, here are some simple tips to help ensure your home is safe and well maintained while you are off enjoying the summer sun.

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