In the past, paying bills meant getting out the checkbook, sending a check and wondering if it made it to its final destination. Now, more and more people are turning to online payments because of their great benefits. Check out these three reasons you have to use e-payments for associate dues and other bills.
Fast and Simple
Probably the best reason to pay association dues online is because it is extremely fast and simple. More and more merchants are accepting credit card payments, so simply enter your credit card information and click “pay.” Even if your HOA requires you to pay directly with your bank account, it’s still easier than writing a check every month and mailing it. Once you enter your information the first time, you can save it, so that the in following months, you only have to push a few buttons.
There are some companies who will even consolidate your bills for you. The setup may take some time, but after that, you make one payment each month. Then, the consolidation company does the leg work for you, and pays all your other bills for you as well.
Good for the Environment and Your Wallet
Paying bills online eliminates the need for checks, envelopes, stamps and paper bills. In other words, it allows you to go paperless. This may be a small step toward helping the environment, but as more and more people go paperless, it makes a big difference in protecting natural resources.
Going paperless, however, also protects your wallet. Since you don’t have to write out checks and mail them anymore, you save money by buying less checks, envelopes and stamps. On the other hand, you also help save money for the HOA because they don’t have to send out bills or reminders regarding your community association dues.
When you get paper bills, you may simply pay them and then toss the paperwork instead of finding a place to store it. Even if you do keep it, as the paperwork piles up, you may run out of room, leading to poor organization. What happens when you need that bill in the future to double check something or prove you paid the bill?
With e–payments, all the information is stored online. You don’t have to keep all the hardcopies; reducing clutter and allowing you to quickly find any information you need with just a few clicks. Plus, as an added benefit, you get confirmation that the payment was sent, so you don’t have to worry if they received it.
There are many great reasons to switch to online bill pay. Even though you’ll never love paying bills, it does make it less stressful and much easier.
For more information on how you can get the ease of online payments in your community, click here!