You love your managed community or high-rise building! But obviously, living in proximity to other people can come with challenges, especially during cold and flu season. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, viruses can live on hard surfaces like elevator buttons, door handles, gym equipment and more, moving from person to person easily. As a board member, you want to help prevent that to keep your residents healthy and your community running smoothly. Read on to learn 4 ways you can help do that.
“FirstService Residential partnered with ClickPay in 2017 to provide an electronic resident payment platform where residents can make one-time electronic payments or schedule a recurring payment,” explains Andrew Lester, President of FirstService Financial, the financial services affiliate of FirstService Residential. “ClickPay allows corporations to receive their payments from residents with no disruption to their cash flow, protecting the financial health of the association without any impact by the current coronavirus outbreak restrictions.”
Condominium Corporations can also pay their vendors online, eliminating the need for that contact and possible exposure. “We have used AvidXchange since 2015. It allows boards to approve and pay all their supplier invoices, contact-free,” says John Damaren. “Suppliers can send invoices by email or regular postal service, and they then get processed and paid electronically.”
In addition to allowing mass communication, Connect allows residents to access a self-service portal. There they can see their balances, book amenities, track package deliveries, manage visitors and more, without having to visit the management office. “The more that people can take care of in the comfort of their own homes, without needing face-to-face contact, the healthier your community will remain during an outbreak,” Parker says.
Germs are a fact of life. But with the right tools and a common-sense approach, your board and community can work together to help reduce the spread of any illness – and the right property management partner can help. Learn what to ask any property management company you consider.