HOA and board meetings aren’t the most exciting things in the world, and board members may assume residents want nothing to do with them. However, many residents are interested in understanding how the HOA runs. Unfortunately, however, allowing residents to attend may make it difficult to actually conduct the meeting, which is why many HOAs prohibit residents from attending certain meetings.
The annual meeting is the big one. It’s held once a year, and it’s when many major decisions take place. For example, this is when the new officers are elected. This is also when the board discusses the current state of the community, the goals for the current year and the budget. This is important for residents to hear because they have a right see the big picture of their neighborhood. It’s also important for them to attend because they can discuss their suggestions, comments and concerns. Continue reading
Everyone loves tons of storage. It’s even one of the things people look for when buying a new house. Put your community above the rest by offering community storage areas, so residents have more storage options.
Attracts More Residents
No one wants to move into a house and then realize they have no place to put half of their belongings. Seeing that a neighborhood offers community storage areas is a huge perk. Not only does it allow residents to keep those items they can’t fit in their house/condo, shed or garage, but it also makes it easier to access them. The alternative is to rent a storage unit somewhere in town, but having a unit right in the neighborhood makes it much easier to access. For example, if someone has no place to store their lawnmower, they can easily store it at the community storage area and still use the mower on a regular basis. Continue reading
Just like any storm, a summer storm can cause severe damage to homes and surrounding areas. The downed trees, debris and damaged buildings can leave the neighborhood in disarray. Summer floods can even cause severe water damage. That’s why getting out there and cleaning up after a summer storm is so important.
What Damage Does a Summer Storm Cause?
Depending on the type and severity, summer storms can cause a lot of different damage. Minor damage may include tossed debris, such as limbs and garbage, but the damage may be worse, including broken windows, roof damage, damage to landscaping and much more. Most HOAs will have guidelines regarding how fast this damage needs to be dealt with to ensure the neighborhood is kept looking great. Continue reading
Generally, communities with HOAs require homeowners to pay monthly dues. These dues are used to pay for neighborhood upkeep and many other factors. However, in some cases, an optional cost may appear. For example, the community may decide it wants a community garden, but it isn’t in the budget. In these cases, holding a neighborhood fundraising event is the perfect solution. Check out these great ways to raise money.
Hold Hobby Lessons
Everyone has a hobby they love, so why not let them share that hobby with the neighborhood. Residents can teach others how to do something, such as cooking, knitting or automotive care. The residents can volunteer to teach, and the HOA can charge a fee to attend, and the money can be used for whatever special project they are working on. Continue reading
One of the great reasons to live in a community with a homeowners association is the community events that the HOA coordinates. These events aren’t just about having fun either, there is a greater purpose: they create a community feeling that lasts long after the event is over. So check out these five benefits from organized community events.
Events get the community involved. Some residents may choose to just attend the event, but even that counts as participation. However, other residents may choose to actually help with the event. This gets them connecting with the community on a deeper level. Either way, residents learn to appreciate the neighborhood a little more. Continue reading
A community pool is a great perk for any neighborhood, and it may attract many potential residents. However, a pool without rules is a serious danger. When establishing your community’s pool rules, use these five guidelines to help you.
Identify the Age Limit
You don’t want toddlers running around your pool without parental supervision, so you’ll need to determine various age limits. Even if you choose to hire a lifeguard, it’s best to prohibit young children from entering the pool area without a parent or adult. However, you’ll also need to determine how old the escort needs to be. Will you allow 15-year-olds to monitor 7-year-olds, or do they have to be 18 or older? Continue reading
The best part of living in a community association is that it is a community. Hosting events is a great way to help promote that community feel. It lets residents get to know each other, and even generates some money for the association.
Throwing a block party for the HOA is a great idea because who doesn’t love a good party? This is a great way to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere that gets people to interact with other residents whom they may not know. It creates a community feeling that continues to stick around even after the party ends. When planning the block party, try to get as many residents as possible to volunteer. For example, if someone in the neighborhood plays in a band, consider asking them to provide the entertainment. Continue reading
Choosing a community manager can make or break an HOA. A good community manager will ensure the community excels, making the neighborhood more pleasant. Check out these steps in choosing a qualified community manager.
1. Do Your Homework
Before considering anyone, it’s important to learn more about the community manager’s history. This first means learning if they have the necessary licensure. Next, determine their level of education and experience in managing property. Make sure the experience meshes with your own property (high-rise, detached, etc.). Finally, check references to find out what previous and current clients have to say. Doing all this pre-legwork will avoid wasting time and hiring someone who doesn’t work out. Continue reading