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Condo Association Security Plans

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Condo Association security is a tough topic – as I’ve covered here and here.  Although my Association is in a nice neighborhood, we’ve had our share of incidents, and each time it’s a bit jarring.  Today I’ll be covering the fundamentals of how to build a Condo Association security plan.   I will preface this by saying you should always work with a qualified security consultant who can...

New Guide: Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association

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It is inevitable that there will be a major project in your Condo Association.  All major systems will degrade over time and eventually will need to be repaired or replaced.  Examples include roofs, garages, facades, elevators, HVAC systems, fire alarms, etc.  For our purposes, a “major” project will be defined as one that is paid for out of reserves and is around 10% or more of the Association’s...

Condo Association Safety and Security 201

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In the 101 edition of Condo Association Safety and Security, we covered the basics of how to ensure your Association is safe and secure.  Today we’ll follow up on more advanced topics to help you have a secure and safe Condo Association.   The AED Issue Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are one of the greatest inventions with regards to saving lives in the past few decades.  Combined...

Condo Association Safety and Security 101

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Condo Association safety and security is one of the big three.  As a Board, your job is to facilitate a safe and secure environment.  The nuances of this are highly variable – your Condo’s location, local ordinances and laws, your Owners’ desires, and your budget will have a large impact on how you address this issue in your Association.  This article will serve as an introduction to the...

The Hardest Condo Association Board Member Good Habit to Learn

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If you’re on your Board, you likely joined it to do good for your community.  There’s a slim chance you’re a jerk or drunk on power, but the vast majority of Condo Board members are there to do the right thing.  In fact, if you’re reading this right now, I KNOW you’re a good member of your Association because you’re taking the time to read about Condo management.  So allow me to introduce...

Income Streams: Increase Your Condo Association Revenues

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Money makes the world go round.  In a Condo Association, you want money.  But money comes, primarily, from your Condo Association members.  That means you!  If you’ll recall from Finances 101, the primary method for increasing revenues is to raise assessments.  While assessments are going to be the vast majority of your income, there are some things your Association can do to create alternate...

Drones and Condo Associations: Welcome Your Tiny Overlords

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Drones, Drones, Drones!  You may be tired of all of the “droning” by bloggers about these little pesky nuisances.  You better get used to it because they’re here to stay.  Given their increasing prevalence in society and in Association news, I wanted to do a deep dive on the little suckers, with an emphasis of how drones and Condo Associations will collide.  Welcome your tiny overlords- drones...

Fighting Apathy #1: Condo Board Get to Yes Stretch

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Building upon my first post of the year, I am going to be posting tips to combating apathy in Associations.  These will be tips for everyone – Owners, Board members, and Management, focusing on different techniques.  Let’s start off with the first exercise: The Condo Board Get to Yes stretch.   Big bureaucracies – government is the worst offender of this – love one word:  “No.”...

Buying Pools: Save Money for Your Condo Association and Be an Unsung Hero

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A Condo Association often has maintenance activities that are not covered by the Association but nonetheless are quite important.  Things like HVAC inspections, dryer vent cleaning, etc. – all should be done on a regular maintenance schedule.  This lead Owners to ask a logical question of our Board – can we organize a shared buying pool, where many units go in on the same service to...

The Top Four Most Useful Board Member Professions

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Condo Boards come in all shapes and sizes and are made up of a wide variety of characters.  Boards are volunteer entities, meaning that everyone typically has a day job of some sort.  Your Association may already pay to have various experts to help manage the building – such as engineers, management companies, lawyers, etc.  Building on that, Board members with a useful skill from their day...

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