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Making the Rules without Making Enemies: Policy and Compliance Basics

Posted on Tuesday January 03, 2017

Good rules make good community members. There are two critical components to making good policy, no matter what kind of community association you live in: clarity and sensibility. The board must be clear on the policy being created and the reasons for creating it. They must then communicate that policy to all residents. Whether the policy is about approved high-rise flooring, designated smoking areas, overnight guest parking or amenity usage, the basic principles for writing good policy and successfully enforcing it are the same.

Help For Hectic Holidays: Package Delivery and Management

Posted on Tuesday December 06, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Online shopping has become a common way to find the perfect gift while saving time and money, and avoiding having to fight the crowds at the mall, all from the comfort of your couch. The biggest concern people have with online shopping is, of course, wondering “Will it get there on time? Will it get there safely?”

Defining Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities Creates Happy HOA Communities

Posted on Monday October 17, 2016

“When a community’s residents and HOA leaders understand their roles and responsibilities, it creates a clarity that leads to cohesiveness,” states Lisa Leidy, a community association manager for FirstService Residential. “If you’re a resident, knowing your responsibilities, as well as what you can expect your community management team to provide, it leads to setting realistic expectations and ultimately meeting them.” With the importance of roles and responsibilities in mind, we’ve compiled a list of nine significant ones for both homeowners and non-owners. Read on to learn more about residents and the roles they play in your community.

Tips for Marketing Your High-Rise Effectively

Posted on Monday September 12, 2016

Empty units can lead to security issues and lower the appeal of your high-rise building – no one wants to live in a building full of units that are dark at night.But how do you keep units full on a consistent basis? The solution is to put time and effort into marketing your building to attract new buyers. Not sure how to start? Whether your high-rise is located along Jersey’s Gold Coast or the Jersey Shore, there are some ways to make marketing it a day at the beach.

It’s Back To School! 4 Tips to Keep Parents Sane and Kids Happy

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah – school starts in New Jersey at the beginning of September! As a parent, you know what back to school means. Sure, it’s a change in schedule, but it’s also a change in your whole world: rushing out the door, speeding through homework, running back home for forgotten lunch boxes, permission slips and backpacks. Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to insanity. A little organization can go a long way toward minimizing back to school stress – and make this time of year more fun for everyone. Check out these suggestions from California Closets, the leader in custom home storage solutions and an authority in design, for arranging your household to be more school-friendly, and your first day back will earn an A! 

Preparing a Better Budget in Seven Simple Steps

Posted on Tuesday August 16, 2016

Where does financial fitness for your association begin? With your budget, of course. And that makes preparing one among the most important tasks for board members. It also tends to be one of the more challenging tasks. But don’t look at this undertaking as a chore or a headache – instead, see it as an opportunity. A sound budget can make a real impact on your board and community, and it all begins with these seven steps.

Falling Into Place: Autumn Tips to Take Advantage of Now

Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2016

While the summer may have you thinking of different ways to beat the heat, it’s important to start preparing for the cold weather now, too. In fact, the change in seasons brings a variety of landscaping and maintenance issues you’ll want to get a jump-start on before that first cold snap. So with the quickly approaching autumn season in mind, here are a few points you’ll want to focus on.

Tips to Help Your Community Members Plan for Summer Vacation Travel

Posted on Wednesday August 03, 2016

Summer is slipping away – time to hit the road! Beautiful weather, a break from school and lighter work schedules for many offer the perfect opportunity to get away from it all for a while. Before rest and relaxation mode takes over, there are a few important things to take care of. Taking a little time to properly prepare your home can save you money and worry in the long run. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or in a master-planned community, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for an extended time away. No matter where you live, here are some simple tips to help ensure your home is safe and well maintained while you are off enjoying the summer sun.

Planning for L.E.A.D.S. 2016 is underway

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

FirstService Residential is proud to announce L.E.A.D.S. 2016 will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  This biennial educational, networking event is focused and shaped on the attributes of Learn, Evolve, Achieve, Deliver, and Succeed.

Part 2: Installing Charging Stations for Electric Cars in Your New Jersey Community

Posted on Friday June 17, 2016

Electric cars are finally here and are hot in the market. As we discussed in our previous article, there has been a surge in purchasing PEVs (plug-in electric vehicles) within the last five years. With the escalation of demand on electric cars and its purchases, battery charging stations are a hot topic that many condo boards, homeowners associations (HOAs), and co-ops across the country need are starting to address.

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