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 Plan
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 Audit
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 →
Sprinkler 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 →
A pleasant HOA has effective neighborhood security to ensure residents and their belongings are kept safe and secure. Unfortunately, protecting an entire neighborhood takes a lot of work. If you want to improve your neighborhood security, consider these three tips. Continue reading →
Running 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 →
HOAs have the right to regulate their communities, but does that mean they have the right to ban sex offenders? Nobody wants a sex offender in their back yard, but there are both pros and cons to banning sex offenders. Continue reading →
The 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 →