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.
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.
Winter Energy Conservation Tips to Help Your Condo Save Money
Posted on Monday February 06, 2017
When you live in the Chicago area, spring can seem to take forever to get here. Energy costs to keep buildings and common areas warm and well lit can be a big hit on your budget when the temperatures plummet and the days are shorter.
Fortunately, doing a few simple things can reduce your energy costs. Here are some steps that you can take to help your condo save money on energy.
Avoid Catastrophe in Your Condo Association This Winter: Protect Your Pipes
Posted on Tuesday January 31, 2017
Winter is here, and in Chicagoland and the rest of the state, the cold can present a range of issues. You’ve probably been keeping a watchful eye on driveways, roofs and other essential areas in your condo community. But don’t forget about one of the most freeze-sensitive parts of your buildings and systems: pipes.
A Rundown of New Laws that Could Affect Your HOA
Posted on Monday January 23, 2017
Illinois legislators, as well as the city of Chicago, have been busy making some important legal changes that have a direct impact on condominium and homeowners associations (HOAs). We discussed some of them in depth in previous articles. In this article, we provide a summary of the new laws with which your HOA board and residents should be familiar.