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The Six Secrets to Building Your Condo’s Volunteer Pool

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018

As a board member for your condominium corporation, you know that your community depends on volunteers to operate successfully. However, finding residents who are willing to be on your board of directors, join a committee or help at an event can be challenging.

Does Your Condo Corporation Have A Plan For Fostering A Sense Of Community?

Posted on Thursday January 18, 2018

Humans are social creatures with a deep-seated yearning for connection and community. This is particularly evident in a condo corporation, where a strong sense of community can be the difference between long-standing residency and high turnover.

Demystifying Maintenance and Repair Roles for Residents in Your Condo Corporation

Posted on Wednesday December 20, 2017

How well do unit owners in your condo corporation understand maintenance responsibilities? You might think that responsibilities for maintenance, repairs and replacements would be straightforward enough – what’s inside the condo unit is the unit owner’s, and what’s outside is the corporation’s. 

Preventing Condo Corporation Issues When Snowbirds Fly the Coop

Posted on Wednesday December 13, 2017

As Canadians anticipate spending the winter months knee-deep in snow and freezing temperatures, it’s likely that some residents in your condo community will be spending some of their winter in a warmer climate. 

Preventative Roof Maintenance is Crucial to the Sustainability and Longevity of Your Roof

Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017

We can all agree there are many important elements to a housing structure, but your roof is probably the most important. Changing temperatures, snow accumulation, large amounts of rain, ice dams and high winds can all cause major damage to condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes. 

How an Integrated Maintenance Plan Can Keep Your Condominium From Walking on Thin Ice

Posted on Wednesday November 01, 2017

Cold weather will soon be upon us, so now is the time to make sure your condominium maintenance program is on track. As brutal as Ontario’s winters can be, you certainly don’t want to discover a leak in your roof during a heavy snowfall or have a boiler stop working during a record cold spell. 

True Financial Stability

Posted on Tuesday September 26, 2017

A strong, healthy corporation requires every facet of property management to work in sync toward one common goal...true financial stability.

Smart Financial Planning

Posted on Monday September 25, 2017

Safeguarding an Ontario condominium corporation’s operating and reserve funds is one of the main fiduciary duties of all board members, not just the treasurer. This means that boards must protect the financial interests of the corporation and its members by making sure all funds are properly managed, invested and protected.

Preventative & Predictive Maintenance are Critical to Your Replacement Reserves

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

Reserve studies are based on the assumption that components will reach their maximum useful life. However, if a preventative maintenance plan doesn’t accompany your reserve study, it’s highly unlikely some components will ever reach their maximum useful life. 

Understanding Condominium Corporation Reserve Funds and Reserve Studies

Posted on Tuesday September 12, 2017

One of the most important responsibilities of your condominium corporation's board of directors faces is effectively planning for major common-area repairs and replacements. Whether a costly expenditure is needed in a few years or not for 20, it’s the board’s fiduciary duty to make sure your condominium corporation has adequate funds when the time comes. That’s where reserve funds come into play.

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