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A Guide to Keeping Your Pool a Comfortable Temperature Year-Round

Posted on Friday February 10, 2017

With so much sunshine and beautiful pools everywhere, spending an afternoon at the pool comes second only to spending it at the beach. Even in the sunny warmth of Florida, water in a swimming pool isn’t usually warm enough naturally for a lot of people to enjoy it. Solution? A pool heater. What kind of heater do you need? There are several options and each has its pros and cons, according to Chris Normandeau, director of FS Energy.
 

Landscape Basics: Why Mulching Matters

Posted on Tuesday February 07, 2017

As a Board member, you may not think about mulching very much, but you should. Although some people think it’s just a cosmetic enhancement for landscaping, mulching is important for several reasons.

Should You Go National or Local When Choosing a Property Management Company?

Posted on Monday January 09, 2017

For many condominium Boards, deciding to hire a property management firm is a move in the right direction. But there is a lot to consider when choosing a management company for your building, and oftentimes it is the size of the company that becomes the sticking point for many condo associations. Many worry that big companies will overlook their unique needs, while small companies might not be able to serve them adequately. There are pros and cons to both large, national firms and smaller, local companies. Read our article for four factors to consider when making your decision, and learn how the size of the company affects how it handles your condo association’s most critical needs. 

Six Simple Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Committees

Posted on Thursday December 22, 2016

If you ask community members why they join committees, they are likely to tell you that they truly want to make a difference in their community. But while their intentions may be great and their hearts may be in the right place, life often gets in the way. The good news is that there are a number of strategies you can implement to keep your committees engaged and get the most out of these valuable volunteers.

10 Tips to Help You Plan Successful Community Events

Posted on Monday December 19, 2016

If you’ve been tasked with planning an event for your community or condo association, have no fear. We’re here to help! While the task may seem daunting, it can also be fun. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to planning a successful event for your community.

How to Choose the Right Lifestyle Community for Your Needs

Posted on Friday December 16, 2016

Thinking about buying a new home in a lifestyle high-rise or lifestyle community? You’re far from alone! Lifestyle communities are becoming one of the fastest growing sectors in today’s housing market. If you’re interested in considering a lifestyle community but don’t know where to begin, you’re in luck. We’ve put together five of the most common considerations that go into choosing the right lifestyle community for you.

Five Factors to Consider When Hiring a Property Management Company

Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016

Partnering with a property management company is a big step that will have a decisive impact on your community for years to come. Before making this decision, make sure you and your Board have done the research and are confident that the company you choose is the best one to meet your community’s needs. Read on for five things to consider when deciding which property management company is right for you and your association.

Seven Tips for Getting the Right Insurance for Your High-Rise

Posted on Friday November 25, 2016

High-rises are hotter than ever! The amenities, convenience, security, access to exciting downtown cultural and business centers and even concierge services have made vertical living more appealing than ever. Of course, a complex high-rise has its, well, complexities, too, and one of those is insurance. Multiple residences require their own policies and the shared common spaces also require coverage. If you are a high-rise Board member, resident or property owner looking for the peace of mind that insurance is meant to provide, make sure you have the correct coverage for your needs. Follow our guidelines to ensure that you are properly insured.

High-Rise and Condo Fire Safety Tips

Posted on Friday November 18, 2016

A lot of people fall in love with vertical living for the combination of sweeping views, convenience, on-site amenities and attentive service. There’s nothing like it! High-rises do come with their own challenges, and chief among them is fire safety. If you live in a high-rise or condo building, do you know how to prepare your family for a fire? Do you know what to do if a fire breaks out?  Here are four Fire Safety Tips from the experts at National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Setting Holiday Décor Standards Without Being a Scrooge

Posted on Wednesday November 16, 2016

It can be tough to balance festive and tasteful, being spirited and going overboard, when it comes to holiday décor. People decorate for holidays all year-round. How much is too much? Setting policies for holiday decorating will help maintain peace and goodwill for all within your association.

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