In the past, payments were made with checks and sent through the mail to reach their destinations. This old method is slow and costs additional money to pay for the stamp and envelope. Luckily, more and more businesses are accepting online payments, and HOAs are no different. Check out the benefits of paying HOA association dues online. Continue reading
A good property manager makes a good community association. There is so much a property manager can do to improve the neighborhood, but these are some of the five best practices they should implement immediately. Continue reading
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
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.
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
Communities that have associations usually have set rules and bylaws, which are designed to make the neighborhood the best place to live. Some of those rules, however, may have been passed twenty years ago, or more, and they no longer mesh with current social norms, the needs of the HOA or the flow of the community. Luckily, with a little effort, these rules and bylaws can be amended.
Determine if the Rule Still Makes Sense
The process of creating HOA rules and bylaws is a constantly evolving process. The board should routinely examine the rules to determine if they still make sense. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to what residents are saying. If they are all complaining about the same rule, it may be time to look at it closer and see if it should be amended. For example, solar power is becoming more and more popular, but many HOAs may still have rules prohibiting solar panels on roofs. With the push toward going green, many HOAs may want to reconsider this rule, especially if their homeowners feel the rule should be amended. 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
Property managers play a huge role in keeping the HOA running smoothly. Unfortunately, with all their duties, some property managers may let a few things slip. Check out these five worst property management mistakes and tips on how to avoid them. Continue reading
The person assigned to run the HOA is called the property manager. However, while the job only has one title, it actually encompasses five different jobs. When you’re searching for the next property manager, ensure they have the skills to perform these five jobs. If they can’t, they won’t succeed as your association’s manager. 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