Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Challenge With Some Community Members

TipsRunning an HOA is challenging, especially when community members are difficult. The best way to overcome these challenges is through good communication between the board and residents. When there is good communication, residents understand the rules and reasons, and they are more inclined to come speak when they have a comment or suggestion. Continue reading

Make Your Communities Brand Known

shutterstock_77237668Your association is a business, and businesses needs great brands to keep customers coming back. A brand is what helps homeowners understand what living in your neighborhood is like. A brand full of youth and excitement attracts younger homeowners, while a brand focusing on family and kids attracts families. Check out these four tips to help you build the perfect brand for your association. Continue reading

Do You Have Bulk HOA Expenses?

Piggy-bankLiving in an HOA really is a community effort. Bulk expenses, such as keeping the common areas looking great come out of the dues paid by the residents, making it everyone’s responsibility. However, in many cases, different residents pay different amounts. Can these expenses be divided equally amongst homeowners? Continue reading

The Move-In Inspection

shutterstock_185513786The move-in inspection is an incredibly important step in the process of bringing new residents into a community, but many HOAs don’t handle them with the level of care that they should. An inspection report is a great way to settle conflicts between an HOA and a resident before they escalate to that level. By getting both parties to officially record that they agree about the state of the home and the responsibilities of each, both will be on the same page when it comes to what needs to be done, and will have an official record to check their grievances against when conflicts do arise. Continue reading

Stop, Drop, and Cook On!

1406818271--640x360xdrop_header.jpg.pagespeed.ic.THV6iVMSKNThe holidays are coming! That means it’s time for potlucks, family get-togethers, and lots and lots of cooking. Many HOAs will be having community potlucks, giving residents a chance to show off their cooking skills and share tasty recipes with their neighbors. For anyone who wants to take part in these annual events but is worried that their cooking skills aren’t quite up to standard, there’s a new piece of technology, Drop (getdrop.com), that will help them find great recipes, prepare them to perfection, and then share them with the world. Continue reading