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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

Choosing the Right Lifestyle Community for Your Needs: Five Tips

If you are thinking about buying a new home in a lifestyle high-rise or lifestyle community, you are not 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.

Posted on Friday December 16, 2016 read more

Hiring a Property Management Company? Consider These Five Traits

Your association has decided that it’s time to hire a professional property management company. This represents a big step for your community, and will have an impact on your community for years to come. Before deciding which company you want to partner with, you and your Board must carefully research a variety of firms and become confident that the company you choose is the best suited for your community’s needs. Read on for five factors to consider when choosing the right property management company for your community association.

Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016 read more

How to Keep the Holiday Spirit While Enforcing Your Holiday Décor Standards

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.

Posted on Friday December 09, 2016 read more

Buying the Best Insurance for Your High-Rise: Seven Tips

The amenities, convenience, security, access to exciting business and cultural centers and even concierge services have made vertical living more appealing than ever. High-rises are a growing segment of the Georgia housing market. Of course, a complex high-rise has its, well, complexities, too, and one of those is finding the right insurance coverage. If you are looking for peace of mind that insurance is meant to provide, while experiencing the joys of vertical living, make sure that you research and obtain the right coverages for your needs, whether you are a Board member, resident or property owner. These guidelines will help you have the right coverage for the right situations.

Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016 read more

Fire Safety Tips for Condos and High-Rises

Many people fall in love with high-rise living for the wonderful benefits that come with it: great views, convenience, attentive service and on-site amenities. It’s a lifestyle all its own. High-rises come with their own complex challenges, and chief among them is fire safety. If you live in a high-rise or condo building, do you know what to do if a fire breaks out? Do you know how to prepare your family in the event of a fire? Here are four Fire Safety Tips from the experts at National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Posted on Friday November 18, 2016 read more

How to Create a Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your Condo

Designing and executing a comprehensive plan for preventative maintenance must be a top priority for your community. Detecting a problem before a critical failure, anticipating repairs and replacements, and most importantly, extending the life of almost every critical asset in your building are the primary benefits of having a good preventative maintenance plan.  

Posted on Thursday November 10, 2016 read more
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