Category Archives: Community Association

How to Winterize your Home and Community

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home or neighborhood, which is why proper winterization before the weather gets too cold is a must. Check out these different ways residents, HOAs and property management companies winterize homes and neighborhoods.

Create an Emergency Kit and PlanWinterize your home and community

In the event of a winter storm, you may be trapped, which is why an emergency kit is a must. Ensure it includes a first aid kit, necessary medications, food, drinking water and anything else you may need if you are trapped in your house for a few days. It’s also important to create a plan on what to do if a storm strikes and some members of the family aren’t home. How will everyone communicate? Where will they go if they can’t get home? Continue reading

How to Establish Your Community’s Pool Rules

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 LimitEstablishing community pool rules

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

5 Steps to Choosing a Community Manager

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 HomeworkHiring a community manager

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

Top 10 Qualities to Have as a Community Manager

Being a community manager is a difficult job, and you have to wear many hats. To be successful, a good community manager must have many different skills. These are the top 10 qualities all community managers should have.

Communicationqualities to have as a community manager

A community manager communicates with a lot of people: residents, vendors and the board. As a result, you need to have great communication skills, which allow you to articulate your thoughts and feelings clearly and without causing confusion. Continue reading

HOA Top Security Issues

Successful HOAs provide unparalleled security and safety for homeowners. Unfortunately, there are many security pitfalls that associations can fall into. Check out these four top HOA security issues and how to avoid them.

Failing to Conduct a Security Auditsecurity

To fix any security issues, you have to know what works and what doesn’t, but too many communities fail to perform security audits. During a security audit, the property manager or board, tours the community and identifies potential vulnerabilities, such as a dark, hidden parking lot. When vulnerabilities are identified, the HOA can begin creating a solution to improve security and prevent danger. In the case of the dark parking lot, adding some lights or a CCTV camera are possible solutions. Continue reading

Code Requirements for Sprinklers in HOAs

shutterstock_181813376Sprinkler systems help stop fires and save lives. For many buildings, they are a necessity to stop a fire in its tracks. However, rules and regulations are changing, so it’s important to determine which associations need sprinklers and which don’t. Continue reading

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

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