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High-Rise Maintenance Tips Your HOA Should Follow

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Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jul 20, 2022 1:30:00 PM


High-rise buildings have unique and sometimes challenging maintenance obligations. An essential responsibility of the association is to ensure that the community is maintained to the highest possible standard, focusing on safety and appearance.  

Community maintenance goes beyond mowing lawns, cleaning walkways, and planting greeneries. In a high-rise building, maintenance will often include taking care of critical assets like foundations, elevators, parking garage structures, boilers, emergency systems, and more. 

Keeping up with recommended maintenance at your high-rise will prolong critical elements' usefulness and make your association safer. However, without a plan, the right tools, and experienced professionals, this can be difficult, if not impossible. 

Let's talk about high-rise maintenance is

Why is High-Rise Maintenance Important?

Consistent and high-quality high-rise maintenance is essential because it can determine whether or not your home ages well without experiencing structural issues.

By investing in quality inspections and maintenance plans for things such as HVACs, rooftops, brickworks, plumbing, and lighting, high-rise maintenance programs can help:


  • Boost your community’s curb appeal
  • Increase property values
  • Lower risks for your association
  • Identify and fix problems earlier at a lower cost
  • Plan and budget for major repairs appropriately
  • Improve resident satisfaction

Develop a Maintenance Calendar and Schedule

A maintenance calendar helps you plan and maintain your property in a more organized fashion. A well-planned schedule makes it easy to do a thorough job, preventing you from doing repetitive tasks and spending double on supplies.

Including these items in your community calendar allows residents to plan for them and reduces communication burdens on your community manager. 

Plan for regular inspections of common areas like hallways, stairwells, elevators, and parking lots.

For each item, develop a checklist to identify work that has already been done in the interior and exterior. You should also include the cost of each completed and upcoming project in your calendar. 

 Have a Reserve Study and Keep it Updated

Commissioning a reserve study frequently anticipates maintenance needs and costs so the association can plan.

Civil engineers usually conduct reserve studies and will review the association's current reserves funds and the required upcoming expenses for a period of time (most typically over the next thirty years). 

The board will more likely be able to spot more significant issues with your systems and equipment that need replacement by using a reserve study.

Reserve studies should be updated every 3- 5 years in most communities, but indeed every time there is a significant change to the maintenance obligations of the association. 

Follow Your Manufacturer's Maintenance Schedule

The manufacturer of your building's systems often provides a maintenance schedule. Ensure these are captured, reviewed, and implemented in your community’s maintenance plans. Too often, they are misplaced or not implemented.  

Following these schedules will prevent surprises and emergency system failures. It also keeps your manufacturer's warranties in effect. 

Analyze your Reserve Funds

Associations have reserve funds to save for future repairs. Reserve funds can also be used for emergencies, such as severe weather conditions, but that is not their primary purpose.

Reserve funds are planned for future repairs such as repaving that parking lot, replacing siding and roofs, repainting, new boilers, etc.

Suppose your association is susceptible to emergencies such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or flooding. In that case, the board should be sure to have reserve funds set aside for those possible repairs as well, although they are harder to plan for because they are by definition, unexpected. 

Partner with a Qualified Maintenance Vendor

When it comes to high-rise maintenance, experience counts. High rise boards of directors should work with a qualified vendor with decades of experience handling high-rise buildings and condos. 

They should have extensive knowledge of your region's weather patterns and respond to maintenance issues appropriately in all seasons.

The right vendor assists you in optimizing your spending and gives insightful information, leading to better decision-making. 

A quality contractor’s recommendations about grouping projects, scheduling hours, and more can save your association thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars. 

GrandManors Offers Professional High-Rise Maintenance Services

At GrandManors, we provide exclusive high-rise and condo maintenance services across the country.

We are dedicated to giving our clients the best value for their money. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your association management needs. 

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Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM®

Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM®

Over 30 years experience in property and community association management Professional Community Association Manager through the Community Association Institute (CAI) Former GM/CEO of a large-scale association: mixed-use commercial, residential and recreational Contributor to National industry experience