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18 Ways to Get the Most from Your Contractor

Posted on Monday May 23, 2016

If you’ve ever worked with a contractor, you know it can go one of two ways: either really well, or like a total disaster. If it’s the former, the contractor will deliver work on time and on budget (and hopefully, beyond expectations). If it’s the latter, you were probably faced with delays, unexpected change orders, and worst of all, substandard workmanship.

Five Things to Know About Adequate Staffing

Posted on Friday May 20, 2016

What makes a community? It’s a lot more than just the amenities you offer. It also comes down to lifestyle – and often that’s powered by the staff you have on hand.

How Community Management Can Increase Personal Service with Software

Posted on Thursday May 19, 2016

Community management is in the business to improve lifestyles. To do that, it takes a personal touch – knowing a community, being familiar with residents, and having a clear understanding of the association’s vision - and technology plays a critical role.

12 Tips for Efficient Community Construction Project Management

Posted on Wednesday May 18, 2016

When you’re undergoing a construction or improvement project in your community, there’s one thing you don’t want to build: frustration. And yet that’s so often the result – a large construction initiative comprises many different moving parts, with multiple pitfalls and opportunities for things to go wrong. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Talking the Talk: Communication Between Communities and Community Management Companies

Posted on Friday May 13, 2016

The success of any relationship depends on one thing: communication. Same goes for the relationship between homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and their community management company.

A Fresh Approach to Community Preventative Maintenance

Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2016

You should take pride in your community and the amenities it has to offer- a clean clubhouse, lush common area landscaping, crystal clear pool, or any other amenity that makes your community feel like home. Chances are, though, they don’t take care of themselves. Instead of waiting for something to go wrong, we have some recommendations to keep everything running smoothly and less impactful on your association’s budget.

Important Terms All Association Members Should Know

Posted on Monday May 09, 2016

More and more homeowners are purchasing homes in an HOA. During their purchase process, they receive important documents from the homeowners' association and may understand that they will be responsible to pay assessments, but do they know why? Within these documents are the explanations for the majority of the questions that they may have when it comes to their HOA. In this article, we highlight and explain the important terms that all association members should know.

Checklist for a Pain-Free Move

Posted on Friday May 06, 2016

We know that moving to a new home is a lot of work. Whether you are moving to a new community or just down the street, it’s a fun and exciting time- but seldom an easy transition.

What to Consider When Filling an HOA Board Vacancy

Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Sometimes, an unforeseen event will occur and your homeowners’ association will be left with a vacant seat on the board. Depending on the number of seats on your board, you may or may not need to fill that position immediately. Also, you will need to refer to your association’s governing documents for the proper protocol in filling that seat. What would the term limit of the new board member be? Do you need to notify your association’s membership about the vacancy and go through the entire election process again? Will you need to wait until the next annual election? Is your board ready and capable to fill this vacancy? We can help!

How Your HOA Can Make Your Community Pet Friendly

Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Do you have a lot of pet owners in your community? Does your community offer areas for these pets to play or walk on leashes? We’ve seen a growing trend in pet owners, and because of that, a growing demand in more pet friendly homeowners’ associations. There are a lot of benefits to owning a pet. As far as communities go, pets serve as a great way to get your residents to socialize with each other – and by providing a pet friendly community, you enhance the living for not only your residents, but their furry little friends too.

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