family watching fire, building fire safety plan
Implementing a Building Fire Safety Plan for Your Community AssociationApr 03, 2018Part of your job as a board member is ensuring the safety of residents in your community association. To that end, it’s important to educate homeowners about possible fire risks and the steps they can take to prevent fire hazards in their homes. Chances are that fire safety isn’t top of mind for residents. However, home fires are more common than most people realize.
capital improvement budget
How Can My Association Increase its Capital Improvement Budget?Nov 09, 2017Nothing lasts forever…and when it comes time to replace your high-rise roof, community pool or to add new amenities, your association will need to determine how to pay for it. All of these things – significant repairs and replacements, as well as new construction – are considered capital improvements.
What Is a Balance Sheet? Why Do I Need to Understand Them?
What Is a Balance Sheet? Why Do I Need to Understand Them?Oct 30, 2017The chief responsibility of a community association board member is to preserve, protect and enhance the community. That includes, above all else, its financial health. But you can’t affect the financial health of your community if you don’t understand where it is when you join the board. Balance sheets are the best tool for gaining that basic understanding.
Accredited Association Management Company
What Should My Board Look for in a Community Accredited Association Management Company?Oct 26, 2017
As part of your responsibility to preserve, protect and enhance your community association, you may choose to bring in a professional property management company. Professional management can provide a depth of resources that you may not have access to otherwise, can help you optimize your budget while improving your residents’ lifestyles and more. What features should you be looking for when looking at a management partner for your community association?
How to make a condo association budget
How to Make a Condo Association Budget or Any Association BudgetSep 22, 2017
Budgeting can be tough. It requires that boards look at their priorities and the needs and wants of the community, plus the money coming in and going out -- and making it all balance. As an association board member, producing a responsible, effective budget is one of your primary responsibilities.
Association financial Services
How Can We Benefit From Association Financial Services?Sep 19, 2017There’s a lot to love about living in a community with a homeowners association (HOA). The amenities. The sense of belonging. The high aesthetic standards. But none of that happens without stable finances. With that in mind, here’s the bottom line on financial best practices for your HOA.
how to keep your community safe from cyber attacks
Cyber Safety: Steps Board Members Can Take to Protect Your CommunityJan 29, 2017Isn’t technology wonderful? It’s made so many aspects of life easier, and that includes managing the operations of your community association. Technology does have its vulnerabilities, though, and it’s imperative that they be addressed. Your board can implement these four steps to begin putting your association on a more secure path.
condo security ideas
Ten Condo and High Rise Security Ideas and TipsJan 19, 2017We are all concerned about safety, that's why we wrote a comprehensive article featuring condo security ideas and tips to help your association and residents. High Rise management companies and Board members, who have a responsibility to protect the common property, must pay particular attention to security at their properties. A secure condominium means a happier and safer community, and that is what is most important to owners and residents.
Male child standing outside with school supplies in front of black board with words, Back to School
Back-to-School FestAug 25, 2014FirstService Residential partnered with the City of Houston and 20 Houston Region ISDs for the annual “Back-to-School Fest”.
Close up on white sand, sandals, starfish, sunglasses and wide-brimmed straw hat with words, Tips to Help Your Community Residents Prepare for a Summer Vacation
Simple Tips to Help You Plan for VacationJul 01, 2014Summer’s here, and it’s time to hit the road! Families will be going to beaches, campsites, on cruises, and more. There is a lot to plan for to make sure this summer vacation is one to remember. Whether you live in a single-family, master-planned community, high-rise, or condo, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for an extended time away. Here are some valuable tips to increase your vacation peace of mind.