Severe Weather: What to Do and How to Stay Safe in a Storm
Jun 06, 2022
It’s no secret that Illinois sees its fair share of severe weather and on a more regular basis. Severe thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes touching down are something everyone should be prepared for.
3 Ways Your Association Can Fund Capital Improvements
May 16, 2022
Sooner or later, every homeowners association (HOA) or condominium association has to invest in capital improvement projects. But what's the best way for your association to pay for them?
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Establishing HOA Rules and Regulations
May 13, 2022
Establish HOA rules and regulations by navigating governing documents and resolutions to create beneficial rules for your community and residents.
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How to Avoid 5 Common Board Member Mistakes
Apr 14, 2022
Being on your association board is not an easy job. No matter what your level of experience, mistakes can happen. Although some of these can probably be corrected easily, why not avoid them altogether by learning from other board members' experiences? Check out these recommendations for handling 5 common board member mistakes.
Board Meeting Teamwork
How Ancillary Services Improve Association Finances
Mar 21, 2022
The ancillary services offered by FirstService Residential can offer big savings to associations.
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Customer Care: 7 Ways Your Management Company Should “Answer the Call”
Mar 11, 2022
If your community is managed by a property management company, you probably have an after-hours number you can call for urgent issues. But what if you simply want to take care of day-to-day association business? “People don’t operate in normal business hours anymore,” says Rolando Hernandez, national customer care director at FirstService Residential. “Residents and board members need to be able to take care of community business how and when it’s convenient for them.”
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How to Set Snow Removal Expectations in an Association
Feb 01, 2022
Communicate the details of the association's snow removal contract so residents know what to expect.
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Managing Package Deliveries During the Holiday Season
Nov 17, 2021
Managing package deliveries has become a necessity for condo corporations and as the holidays arrive it's more important than ever to be organized for the onslaught deliveries. Check out our tips for managing packages during this busy time of year.
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Association Special Assessments: How to Avoid Them
Oct 27, 2021
For board members, special assessments are typically unwelcome necessities. They are primarily needed when the association’s reserves are not sufficient to pay for large capital projects such as replacing roofs or mechanical equipment.
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Association Reserve Funding Strategies: Ensuring Your Budget's Success
Oct 08, 2021
As a board member, one of your top responsibilities is to maintain and improve your community’s physical property. But it can be tricky to budget for new amenities like a dog park or gate houses, or shared, common-area assets that will need to be replaced or upgraded years down the line such as roofing or building facades.