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Tips for Maintaining Condo Environmental Systems

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There are many things that a Condo Association must look to provide for its Owners.  At the highest level, they boil down to the big three: safety, security, and transparency.  In pursuit of this goal, there are certain key building systems that are critical to maintain.  Of particular importance is maintaining Condo environmental systems, such as your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air...

The Secret to a Well-Maintained Condo Association

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Everyone wants to live in a well-maintained Condo Association – the kind where things are well-kept, orderly, and picturesque.  There is no denying that money plays a part in this process.  You need to ensure your Condo is properly funding things like maintenance, landscaping, and more.  However, there is a secret that many Condo Associations don’t know.  The secret to a well-maintained...

Three Condo Association Project Red Flags

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When you’re carrying out a major project, you’re bound to encounter issues.  Unhappy Owners, unexpected “surprises” during the project, and other challenges are to be expected.  A challenging issue is figuring out what problems are part of the normal lifecycle of a project and which ones are signs of a bad performer.   Here are three Condo Association project red flags that Boards and Management...

Condo Association Repair Project Questions to Consider

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Major projects within a Condo Association are a part of life.  Over time, things break down and need to be rehabilitated and repaired.  If you have strong reserves and don’t need a special assessment, the projects are somewhat straightforward.  However, depending on the project, you’re going to have impacts to your Owners.  Before starting any major project, here are Condo Association repair...

Three Things No One Tells Prospective Condo Buyers

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Buying a new home is always exciting.  Condominiums are often ideal for people who have smaller (or no) families, don’t want to have to directly worry about maintenance, or desire the prime geographic location of a Condominium.  While Condos are a great investment for many people, they also include challenges and potential downsides that most people aren’t told or don’t know about.  Here...

The Five Types of Community Associations

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Community Associations – such as Homeowners Associations, Condo Associations, and the like, come in a variety of different flavors.  Although they tend to be similar in many ways – most notably that they have substantial control over homes within their jurisdiction and they are able to collect dues – they can also differ substantially.  In some cases, a single property might be...

Three Bad Habits of a Reactive Condo Association

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One of the worst habits of a bad Association is that they are completely reactive, not proactive.  Instead of proactively getting a handle on their Association, they wait for problems to crop up.  This approach often results in higher costs, lower standard of living, and unhappy Owners.  Here are some of the worst bad habits of a reactive Condo Association – does your community exhibit any...

How to Closeout a Condo Association Major Project

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You’ve come so far on your project – you designed it, you bid it out, you informed Owners, and you executed the work.  After months – maybe years – of work and disruptions, you can finally begin to rest easy.  However, now is not the time to slack.  Completing the project is a major milestone, but there is – of course – more work to be done.  This article will cover...

How to Execute a Major Project in a Condo Association

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Thus far, the focus of Managing a Major Project has been on finding the right people and building the right plan.  Preparing for the execution itself is half the battle.  But now that you’ve got all of your ducks in a row, it’s time to start things up.  Depending on the project, this may mean a minimally disruptive or an extremely disruptive experience for your Owners – and of...

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...

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