Lifestyle Blog

Maximizing Pool Use in Active Adult Communities: Ideas for Fun, Exercise, and Engagement

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on May 22, 2019 7:56:00 AM

Active adult communities are developing creative ways to keep residents happy and healthy by maximizing the use of onsite pools. The buoyancy of the water provides a low-impact way for residents to exercise and to relax. Whether your community has an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, or both, stepping up use of the pool creates fun for everyone.

Read More

What is a Reasonable Long-Stay Guest Policy for Your HOA?

Posted by Staff Writer on May 8, 2019 8:08:00 AM

No one likes having their ability to host guests limited by an authority. Especially when they own their home and feel they should have full control over who comes and goes. It's understood that rental homes need every adult resident on the lease as a matter of legal accountability. However, most people don't realize that HOA communities also have some very good reasons to write a guest policy limiting some guest activities of community residents.

Read More

HOA Methods Handling Frequent Parking Conflicts

Posted by Staff Writer on Apr 10, 2019 8:09:00 AM

Home Owners Associations have always been in an interesting situation when it comes to parking management. While it may be obvious that every residence gets at least one reserved parking space, what about the extra spaces that every condo building or neighborhood has left over. For a condo association, extra spaces might be prized locations in the parking garage or lot. For a neighborhood, extra spaces are street parking and shared lots.

Read More

HOA Ideas for Neighborhood-Wide Decorations to Inspire Unity and Creativity

Posted by Staff Writer on Mar 13, 2019 8:04:00 AM

When it comes to outdoor decorating for the holidays, not everyone has the same taste. An HOA yard display of seasonal decorations may appear tasteful to one member and tacky to another. HOA community managers and board members often find neighborhood-wide decorations based upon a unified theme helpful in controlling this issue. A unified theme based upon each holiday allows for individual creations that compliment the community and showcases member creativity. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Read More

Improving Your HOA Experience with Renters: Welcome, Inform, and Include

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Feb 27, 2019 8:04:00 AM

Moving to a new home is often a stressful experience. Learning to meet new people, and in the case of an HOA, learning new rules can easily overwhelm anyone.  When the new neighbor is renting, welcoming them is just as important as if they had purchased the home. Renters can become invested members of an HOA when they are made to feel welcomed, kept informed, and included within their new community. Here are several ways to assure your new renters are happy with their decision:

Read More

Tips for Winter Landscaping HOA Common Areas

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Nov 28, 2018 8:09:00 AM

Winter landscaping is a great way to enhance the natural beauty of the season. From adding shrubs that produce a pop of color to focusing on hardscapes—like benches and garden structures—you can make your HOA common areas beautiful and inviting this winter. Use the following tips to get started:

Read More

Does Your Community Association Fitness Program Need Upgraded?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Sep 5, 2018 8:09:00 AM

If you are considering just buying a few weight machines and a few stationary bikes or treadmills and saying, "We have a fitness center in our community"... think again!

Residents are now looking for a much more diversified experience that meets their personal fitness needs. This means you will need to cater to everyone from the yogis to the cardio bunnies to the power lifters - and everyone in between.

Read More

5 Tips for Creating a HOA Welcome Packet

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 29, 2018 8:04:00 AM

Developing HOA welcome packets for new homeowners is a positive, pro-active approach for association boards and management teams. Moving to a new home is an incredibly stressful time. Many homeowners feel overwhelmed by the amount of community information, such as fees, schedules, rules, and regulations. A welcome packet containing this information and more is a helpful tool in eliminating some of their stress.

Read More

What Is An HOA Elections Inspector?

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 15, 2018 8:02:00 AM

An HOA Elections Inspector is a professional inspector that a company will hire out to providing professional inspections to homeowners associations. These elections inspectors are able to help HOA's with a variety of tasks ensuring that the HOA elections are run in a fair manner to give all candidates involved a chance at being elected.

Read More

Condo Associations: On-Site Building Staff Roles & Responsibilities

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Aug 1, 2018 8:03:00 AM

 If you live in a condominium or high-rise, chances are you pass on-site building staff at some point during your day. From doorman to porters, each play an important role in front, and behind, the scenes. Learning more about the staff and their roles and responsibilities helps in understanding what it takes to keep a property properly running.

Read More

Subscribe to our Lifestyle Blog!

Stay up-to-date on the latest community lifestyle trends and best practices.

GrandManors lifestyle blog is written by industry experts and is a cumulative resource for educational material for boards and general managers, industry news, and trends for lifestyle communities.

Topics include management software, creating lifestyle programs, HOA and condo laws, board member training, and more!

Subscribe Today!

Recent Posts