Best Practices: Reserve Studies
Did you know that up to 36% of board members in Texas don't know if they have fully funded reserves?*
Adequate funding for your associaton and community improvements begins with a solid reserve study. Watch the video to learn from industry expert Andrew Stoutenburg, Regional Executive Director, Reserve Advisors about:
- The Impact of Reserve Studies
- How You Can Prepare for Them
Get answers to your common reserve study questions:
Why does a reserve study cover a 30-year period when most association boards focus on planning for the next 3-5 years?
- Required minimum of 20 years per National Reserve Study Standards
- Ensures owners are paying their fair share
- Long term, equitable funding allows boards to then focus safely on the near term projects
- Many reserve studies now also include a near term project prioritization section
How often should a reserve study be updated? Why?
- Not mandatory in the State of Texas
- Reserve studies are forecasts, and guaranteed to become outdated and incorrect
- Inflation rate changes
- Fund balance may be below/above expected levels
- Projects that have been accelerated or deferred can make an impact
- Component deterioration is occurring at a faster than anticipated rate
What criteria should an association use to identify & prioritize projects if they are not following funding recommendations in a reserve study?
- Review near term schedule to identify projects
- Would deferring a particular project jeopardize the safety of homeowners or functionality of a building?
- Does deferral lead to more costly repairs and replacements?
- What types of projects can an association limit in scope or defer altogether if lost revenue impacts their ability to fund upcoming projects?
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