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Association Budgets: Mapping Out Your Strategic Plan

Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017

Dive into what it takes to have a strategic plan for the budgeting process. 

Association Budgets: Things to Consider When Creating Your Budget

Posted on Monday July 24, 2017

The annual budgeting process offers an opportunity for your board to explore your association’s current financial condition and to ensure your community’s financial stability for the future. Successful association management hinges on a well thought out budget for both short-term and long-term planning. 

Association Budgets: Creating a Road Map to Success

Posted on Thursday July 20, 2017

It’s budget season! Are you stressed? Concerned about a potential dues increase or a large capital project that’s looming in the future? The word “budget” can be scary, so thinking about creating next year’s budget is daunting for many homeowners boards. We’d like to change that. In fact, we don’t want you to view next year’s budget as a task at all.

Is Energy Taking a Big Bite Out of Your HOA’s Operating Budget?

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

You may not be able to control rising utility rates, but your condo or homeowners association (HOA) can take measures to make your energy budget go a lot further. Just follow the four strategies described in this article. They’ve already worked for many Illinois properties managed by FirstService Residential.

Managing Your HOA Maintenance and Improvement Needs

Posted on Tuesday June 13, 2017

The success of your community hinges on your association’s ability to manage maintenance and improvement tasks. Where do you begin?

LED Lighting Offers a Bright Way for Condo Associations to Save

Posted on Tuesday June 06, 2017

Has your condo association been looking high and low for ways to save energy and money? The answer may be right over your head. Switching to LED bulbs can reduce your lighting costs by up to 75 percent. In this article, we answer common questions and shed some light on the benefits of LED lighting.

What to Consider When Budgeting for Your Condo Association’s Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Posted on Thursday June 01, 2017

Energy efficiency upgrades to your building’s systems can improve your benchmarking score and help fuel property values for your condo association. But paying for these upgrades takes careful budgeting. Read this primer to learn the basics about budgeting for energy efficiency projects and to find out what can impact the cost.

Conservation Can Reduce Impact of Rising Water Rates on Your Condo Association

Posted on Sunday March 12, 2017

A new water and sewer tax that went into effect in 2017 is adding to the cost of water in Chicago. The hefty 29.5-percent tax is being phased in over a four-year period. With spring right around the corner, many communities will soon begin using more water on lawns, trees and flowers. An experienced property management company can provide the tools and resources you need to prevent higher water rates from drowning your budget. Here are seven ways condominium associations can reduce water usage and save money.

Energy Benchmarking Part 2: How Chicago Condo Associations Can Save Energy – and Money

Posted on Sunday March 05, 2017

Knowledge is power. It’s also the first step toward decreasing your condo building’s power consumption. Read part 2 of our two-part series to find out how you can use the knowledge you’ve gained from your Chicago energy benchmarking results to make improvements in your building. You’ll not only reduce your energy use. You’ll also save your condo association some big bucks. 
 
 

Energy Benchmarking Part 1: What Every Chicago Condo Association Should Know

Posted on Thursday February 16, 2017

The city of Chicago now requires many condominiums to benchmark their energy use. The good news is that understanding your building’s energy performance can help you improve its efficiency and save your condo association thousands of dollars. Here we explain how to comply with the Chicago ordinance and what to do with your results.

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