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Ten Building Security Tips

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

We are all concerned about safety. 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.

How to Make Good Policy in Your Community: Eight Simple Rules

Posted on Tuesday October 25, 2016

The most important factors in association policy making, regardless of the concern at hand, are clarity and sensibility. The board must be clear – and united – on the policy being created and then must clearly communicate that policy to all residents. Whether you live in a community nestled in the beautiful valley near Burnsville or one in lovely Mooresville, the basic steps to creating good policy and enforcing it successfully are the same.

Find the Right Reserve Study Firm: Seven Steps

Posted on Friday September 30, 2016

Your reserve fund is what helps your community association anticipate its future – and budget for it, too.  In fact it is so important that in North Carolina, sellers must present prospective buyers with a disclosure stating the community’s current reserve balance and the amount in the budget allocated to reserves. 
Establishing this fund can get a little complex. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a fortune teller to read the future of your association...you simply need a good reserve study firm to help. Here’s how you can find the right firm for your community.

Four Steps to Financial Fitness for your Community

Posted on Monday September 19, 2016

We all know the key to physical fitness is to practice moderation and to make smart choices. The same applies to keeping your community association association’s finances healthy! The only thing you have to exercise is good judgment. We’ve created four tips to help you do just that.

Seven Steps To Crafting a Budget That Works

Posted on Thursday September 08, 2016

Working on the annual budget for your association can be a source of stress, but it can also offer a great opportunity to protect the financial health of both your association and your homeowners. Proper community association management hinges on this financial tool for both short-term and long-term planning, so it’s important to follow some guidelines.

It’s Back To School! Easy Tips to Keep Everyone Sane and Happy

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

The lazy days of August are moving far too quickly; school will start in North Carolina by the end of the month! As a parent, you know what back to school is all about. Yes, it’s a change in schedule for the kids, but also requires adjustments in your whole world: speeding through homework and last-minute projects, getting everyone out the door in the morning, running back home for left-behind gym clothes, permission slips and backpacks. The good news is that back to school doesn’t have to mean back to insanity. Some organization and prep time can go a long way toward lessening back to school stress – and even make this time of year more fun for everyone. With a few 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, your first day back will earn high marks! 

Planning a Vacation? Four Easy Things You Need to Do

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Summertime and the living is easy…  The weather is beautiful, kids are out of school until the end of August – it’s the perfect chance to go to beaches, camp sites, on cruises and more. There are tons of options to choose from and lots of details to plan for a great summer vacation for everyone. Get out of town and relax around Lake Norman, hike in the Smoky Mountains or hit the beaches of the Outer Banks…. or fly somewhere exotic to really get away from it all.

While fun in the sun might be on your mind, it’s just as important, as a homeowner, to think about the safety and security of the property you’ll be leaving behind. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or in a master-planned community, in Charlotte or Asheville, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for your trip.  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.

Characteristics of a Great Community Association Management Company

Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

If you’re in the market for a community association management company, then chances are there are a lot of questions you’re ready to ask. You want to be sure the company you contract with is experienced, knowledgeable, and equipped to handle the specific needs of your association. Granted, there’s no single set of questions you can ask a firm that will ensure they can meet your particular requirements. But there are a few qualities that you can look for in general. Let’s take a look at them here.

Which of These Three Maintenance Styles Describes Your North Carolina Community?

Posted on Monday June 20, 2016

Communities that postpone essential maintenance may find that a minor repair can result in a more serious repair, escalating and accruing more costs in the long. These repairs may even need to be accommodated through special assessments. Typically, this happens when a board does not have an established relationship with a dependable property management company that knows how and when to address important maintenance issues.

Important Terms North Carolina Association Board Members Should Know

Posted on Thursday April 21, 2016

Newly elected board members may come across unfamiliar terminology that will now be part of their new life. Making a list of a few key words and reviewing them regularly can help make the transition easier. With time and experience, this terminology will become second nature. Below, you will find a good starting point for your list, brought to you by FirstService Residential, North Carolina’s leading residential property management company. Beyond this list, it would be a great idea to speak to your property management company to discover any specific terms applicable to your role in your community.

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