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Asphalt Repairs: Fixing Winter’s Damage
Mar 19, 2021
As community managers begin inspection, they note the necessary repairs for winter damage as they make their rounds through the community.
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Following a Homeowners Association Budget Template
Mar 12, 2021
As any board member knows, it can be stressful to work on your annual HOA budget. However, it also provides the opportunity to ensure your community's financial health. Follow these nine template tips to create an HOA budget that keeps your community on track.
9 Ways to Foster Enhanced Communications on Your Community Board
Mar 04, 2021
Your role as a board member involves a lot of communications. Whether it’s speaking with a board member or drafting up and email, you may be looking to learn or refine some communications skills.
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Connecting with Your Community: Communication Best Practices
Feb 12, 2021
Effective communication fosters better relationships among board members, your residents and property management company, and keeps all parties well informed. Here are the 4 components of a successful communication plan that create effective outreach to all members of your community.
How to Hire the Best Property Management Company
Jan 11, 2021
Asessing a new management company takes a few steps. Do it right with our list of best practices for hiring a property management firm.
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How to Get the Most Bang for Your Association’s Buck
Jan 08, 2021
When your association's budget is tight, saving even a few hundred dollars is welcome. But what if you could save thousands? Read these tips to improve your association's financial fitness and help you get the most bang for your buck.
Customer Care: 7 Ways Your Management Company Should “Answer the Call”
Jan 08, 2021
If your community is managed by a property management company, you probably have an after-hours number you can call for urgent issues. But what if you simply want to take care of day-to-day association business? “People don’t operate in normal business hours anymore,” says Rolando Hernandez, national customer care director at FirstService Residential. “Residents and board members need to be able to take care of community business how and when it’s convenient for them.”
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What Do Association Fees Pay For?
Jan 04, 2021
Knowing where your assessment money goes is essential to being a savvy association or co-op resident. In this article, we break down the main cost categories.
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Why a Roof Leaks After a Snowfall – and What Can Be Done
Dec 30, 2020
Your residents are calling on about water leaks after a snowfall. Could an ice dam on the roof be the culprit?
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Communicating Your Association Budget
Dec 30, 2020
Budgeting is the time for making tough decisions for how your association spends its money, and sometimes those decisions can, unfortunately, lead to contention. Clear communication about the association budget should be provided to all homeowners throughout the year to help solve problems before they begin and smoothly pave the way for needed changes.