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Add More Comfort and Joy to Your Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. but that time can come with a lot of stress!  Don’t don your Scrooge hat just yet. Whether you live in a Buckhead high-rise or a Lake Lanier active adult community, it’s easy to infuse your entire community with some holiday spirit! We’ve also collected some guidelines to help make the holidays sweeter for others and to manage holiday décor in diverse communities. Everyone loves a party, and we’ve got some tips to make planning yours easier. When the work is shared, it’s easier for everyone to enjoy happy holidays.  

Posted on Monday November 20, 2017 read more

Too Many Packages? How Your High-Rise Can Manage the Holiday Rush

The holidays are almost here!  Online shopping has become a common way to find the perfect gift while saving time and money, and avoiding having to fight the crowds at the mall, all from the comfort of your couch. The biggest concern people have with online shopping is, of course, wondering, “Will it get there on time? Will it get there safely?”

Posted on Thursday November 02, 2017 read more

How Can Our Association Board Avoid Common Mistakes?

It takes dedication and commitment to your community to want to run for the board of your association. You want to help your community grow and thrive. Even the best-intentioned board members can make mistakes. Being forewarned is being forearmed. The mistakes that board members make the most often are ones that can be addressed quickly, or even avoided completely! Read on for some of the most common pitfalls and how to handle them. 

Posted on Monday September 18, 2017 read more

How Can We Establish Board Member Succession in Our Community?

A critical part of a successful corporate strategy is to plan for the future and think about succession: Who will lead down the road? Who has the ability and willingness to step up when the time comes? To make sure a solid plan for succession is established, team members who have the potential to lead are identified and then groomed for future, higher-level positions. 

Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017 read more

The Best Association Board Treasurers Have These Qualities

Your community association board members have a lot of responsibilities and serve many leadership functions. One of the most important responsibilities the board has is to maintain the financial health and stability of the association, and that falls largely on the board treasurer. Although the entire board makes decisions about budgeting, investments and other money matters, it often falls on the treasurer to analyze and understand financial statements, and explain them to the rest of the board. 

Posted on Thursday September 07, 2017 read more

How to Be an Effective Association Board Secretary

Every board of directors, whether for a Fortune 500 company or your community association, needs a great secretary. Boards are required, by law and by governing documents, to maintain certain records for the sake of transparency. The secretary is responsible for maintaining those records accurately, including meeting minutes, bylaws and membership records.

Posted on Friday September 01, 2017 read more

Eight Skills Community Association Board Presidents Should Master

Are you considering volunteering to serve as the president of the board for your homeowner or condominium association? Before making that leap, we can offer you a picture of the range of tasks that the position entails. The good news is that the variety keeps the job interesting! 

Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017 read more

Creating the Right Dynamics in Your Association Board Meetings

The greatest strength of your board is the diverse perspectives of all of its members. Unfortunately, sometimes this can also present the biggest challenges in meetings. Creating and maintaining the right dynamics at those meetings will help your association board conduct business smoothly and efficiently. 

Posted on Tuesday August 01, 2017 read more

The People You Need Leading Your Association Board

What are the key ingredients of a great community? Combine committed residents, add a dedicated board of directors and blend in a clear understanding of everyone’s roles and responsibilities, and you have the recipe for success. 

Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017 read more

Seven Tips for Finding the Right Reserve Study Firm in Georgia

A reserve fund is exactly what it sounds like: an account in which money is reserved for emergencies or capital projects. Reserve funds are created in order to anticipate your association’s future and help you prepare for unexpected expenses.

Posted on Friday June 09, 2017 read more

Keep Your Community Safe and Cool: Summer Water Safety

Fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing and other refreshing water sports are a key part of summertime in Georgia. With so many beautiful lakes, including Lake Lanier, Lake Hartwell and Lake Oconee, as well as rivers like the Chattahoochee and a plethora of lovely swimming pools in high-rises and resort communities, Georgians have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water throughout the summer months.

Posted on Wednesday May 10, 2017 read more

Keeping Your Community Safe During Summer Vacation Season

Georgia is fortunate to have milder winters than much of the United States, but summer is still the most wonderful time of year for a lot of people. Kids get out of school, days are longer and weekends seem a little more special. Of course, a lot of folks take that opportunity to travel.

Posted on Monday May 08, 2017 read more

How Your Board Can Help Your Community Prepare for Tornadoes

Tornadoes are fearsome because of their unpredictable nature. Although there are certain weather conditions that make tornadoes more likely, such as severe summer thunderstorms, tornadoes can also be created by snowstorms and blizzards. They can strike at any time of year and almost any place, even forming on the water and moving onto land. 

Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017 read more

Five Tips for Managing Your Community Parking Policy

Most communities have parking challenges. That’s a fact of life, no matter where you live. Guest parking is probably the most cited problem, including guests parking in resident spaces (knowingly or not). But there are lots of other parking issues common to most communities.

Posted on Monday March 06, 2017 read more

How a Solid Flooring Policy Can Minimize Noisy Neighbor Problems in Your High-Rise

Do you hear every single step your upstairs neighbors take? Does the noise sound like they are wearing cement-soled shoes? Are they keeping you up at night? Before going ballistic on them, take a deep breath – it might not be their fault. 

Posted on Wednesday March 01, 2017 read more

Managing Your Association’s Paperwork: 6 Tips to Make it Easier

Is organizing paperwork on your list of favorite things to do? No? You’re not alone! Although it’s not something that most people enjoy, maintaining good records is critical to the most important functions of your community association. That’s true whether you live in a Buckhead high-rise, an Alpharetta gated community or on the shores of Lake Lanier. Consistently following a good organizational system will streamline your operations and increase efficiency, preserve the history of your activities and provide transparency.  

Posted on Friday February 24, 2017 read more

The Surprising Way to Make the Most of Your Association’s Budget

If you’re on the Board of a condominium, high-rise or homeowners association, you know that keeping your association’s finances healthy is one of your chief responsibilities. Keeping high levels of service while trying to save money and get the best deals possible is a hard line to walk. While any amount of savings is a win, what if you could save a lot? Like one association that saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in landscaping costs? Or the one that is saving tens of thousands each year on its electric bills? 

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017 read more

10 Keys to Properly Managing Your Community Pool

A lot of people prefer to live in a community that has a swimming pool, and if there’s one in yours, you know how valuable an amenity it is. In Georgia, we are lucky that many communities are able to have pools and that they have a longer useful season than up north. Of course, that makes managing your pool properly even more important, simply because of the amount of use it gets. In addition to maintenance and safety issues, it is important that you make sure your pool is in compliance with state and local regulations and ordinances.

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2017 read more

Want to Take Your Community Smoke-Free? Four Tips to Help

The dangers of both smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke have been highlighted in recent years. It’s reported that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in both the United States and Canada. Smoking affects more than health too. It affects our physical environment and the buildings and homes we live in, by increasing risks of fire and property damage, raising insurance rates and increasing legal liability.

Posted on Wednesday January 25, 2017 read more

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

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. 

Posted on Monday January 09, 2017 read more
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