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Getting to Great: Guide For HOA Board Communication

Posted on Wednesday January 25, 2017

As a board member, one of your responsibilities is making sure that your community members have the information they need, when they need it. Consider these guidelines as a roadmap to great communication that will keep everyone on the same path.

The Importance of Having a Partner to Manage and Activate Community Amenities

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

Having a swimming pool, a fitness area, or a clubhouse for residents are perks that can make any community stand out. A good management company has people with many years of experience operating and maintaining these types of features, and they can offer many helpful ways for you to get the most for your community. Here are some ways your community can benefit from the experience of a community association management company, and make your job as a board member a little easier.

A Guide to Implement Your Budget Successfully

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

You’ve done all the homework. Crunched the numbers. Your reserve study is complete, your vendor agreements have been checked and your budget is done! Now what? There’s an entire process to creating the budget, followed by implementing it, and clear communication to homeowners, through every step of the process, is the best way to avoid problems.

Four Communication Essentials of Good Community Management Companies

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

The foundation of any good relationship is communication. And that also holds true for HOAs and community management companies, regardless of whether we’re talking about a townhome community, high-rise or a master-planned community.

Tis the Season… Make Sure Your Package Handling is Smooth and Efficient

Posted on Tuesday December 06, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No doubt your high-rise building will be extra- busy with family and friends visiting residents, and with lots of packages being delivered! Online shopping is bigger than ever. Few things are easier than finding the perfect gift for a loved one while still in your pajamas and snuggled on the couch – no fighting mall traffic or bad weather, and deals abound. That said, holiday package delivery does have its own caveat: Will it arrive on time and safely?

Policies and Compliance 101: Guidelines for Making and Enforcing Rules

Posted on Tuesday October 25, 2016

The most important factors in association policy making, whether for a condo, co-op, townhome or master-planned community, are clarity and sensibility. When making a new policy, the board must present a united front and clearly communicate the policy and related consequences to all residents. Whether you live in an Alexandria condo or a Fredericksburg gated community, whether the policy is about overnight guest parking or designated smoking areas, the basic principles for crafting good policy and successfully enforcing it are the same.

Seven Tips to Finding a Reserve Study Firm

Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

Your Repair and Replacement reserve fund is what helps your association anticipate its future expense needs – and budget for it, too. This fund gives you the power to maintain the quality of your community by allowing for projects that are both necessary and expensive (like a future roofing or paving project, for instance). Needless to say, establishing this fund can get a little complex. The good news is that 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 one.

Seven Steps To Preparing a Workable Budget

Posted on Friday September 09, 2016

Preparing your association’s annual budget can be a source of stress, but it’s also a valuable opportunity to ensure the financial well-being of both your association and 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.

4 Ways to Keep Parents Sane and Kids Happy During Back-to-School

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah – school starts in Virginia 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! 

Easy Tips to Help Community Members Plan for Vacation Travel

Posted on Wednesday August 03, 2016

Summer is a great time to hit the road! Taking advantage of the warm weather and time off from school to relax on a beach, camp, board a cruise and more. This is a great time to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains, road trip to Virginia Beach or Williamsburg, or venture further for an exotic adventure. Whatever you plan to do, there is a lot to plan for to make sure this summer vacation is one to remember. Most schools start after Labor Day, so summer in Virginia can be a little longer than many places today.

Whether you live in a high-rise condo or master-planned community, in Fairfax or Alexandria, 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.

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