A new year is coming, which means it is time for planning out new budgets. Careful budget planning is incredibly important for a community association, as it determines how much money they will have to collect from residents and what projects and services it will be able to complete. Continue reading
Keeping the lawn green is a challenge that has vexed homeowners for generations. There have been countless hours spent sweating, fretting, and worrying about how to get a perfectly green lawn, and yet many still can’t seem to get it right. For everyone who has ever worried about how to keep their lawn healthy and thriving, we’ve put together some helpful tips to successfully (and cheaply) conquer the battle of the lawn. Continue reading
Anyone who has an American Express or Discover credit card has surely had one of those aggravating moments where they try to pay with their card, only to be told their card type isn’t accepted there. Why are American Express and Discover the apparent redheaded stepchildren of the credit card world? What makes them different from Visa and Mastercard, which are accepted as a form of payment pretty much everywhere? Continue reading
Many communities are dealing with a shortage of parking spaces. Finding a solution to the issue of where to fit residents’ cars can be a huge headache, and when it’s not handled properly it can cause even bigger ones. What can an HOA do to accommodate homeowners’ needs and regulate offenses without opening themselves up to even more trouble? Continue reading
When a disaster strikes, a community working together can help mitigate the damage and keep residents safe. While every resident and family should also have their own emergency plan in place, an emergency is a time for a neighborhood to come together and help each other. Here are some helpful tips for your community to help everyone be prepared during an emergency. Continue reading
How often, and under which circumstances, should homeowners be required to open their homes for routine maintenance? It can be a touchy subject. While an HOA will often have stipulations for allowing access to a home spelled out in its rules and bylaws, the issue of homeowner privacy is still one that is likely to come up. Where should the line between maintenance and privacy be drawn? Continue reading
You’ve found the perfect home, but there’s a catch: to move into the community, you have to join their HOA. While dealing with a community association might seem like a hassle, there are many benefits to living in an organized neighborhood. If you’re not sure how to take the plunge, consider these helpful tips. Continue reading
These days the majority of households have a computer and Internet access in their homes. Is your HOA taking advantage of that? More and more communities are discovering just how much a properly built and maintained website can be an asset to both property managers, boards and residents, saving time and energy for both, and making interaction between the two that much quicker and easier. Continue reading
Building a green community is a group effort, one that requires action and attention from everyone. What can be done to help make the community more sustainable? There are many things that can be done to make the neighborhood more environmentally friendly, but it’s important to know where to start. Here’s a how-to guide on making the community green, and how to encourage others to do the same.
A question that all HOA boards should be asking themselves is whether or not they are making ethical decisions. It’s not just a question of doing the right thing. A board that is seen as being engaged in questionable behavior is one that risks losing the trust of its residents.