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

Posted on Friday February 24, 2017

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.

 

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

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

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? 

10 Keys to Properly Managing Your Community Pool

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2017

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.

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

Posted on Wednesday January 25, 2017

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.

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. 

Choosing the Right Lifestyle Community for Your Needs: Five Tips

Posted on Friday December 16, 2016

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.

Hiring a Property Management Company? Consider These Five Traits

Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016

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.

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

Posted on Friday December 09, 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.

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

Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016

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.

Fire Safety Tips for Condos and High-Rises

Posted on Friday November 18, 2016

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).

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