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Six DIY Projects to Scale Up Your Curb Appeal This Spring

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on May 12, 2021 7:59:00 AM

Spring is here, which means more time outside, but it also means looking at what the fall and winter did to the outside of your home. Whether you are planning on selling or love the look of a beautifully decorated outdoor space, there are many ways you can boost your curb appeal. Most projects are easy and can be done in a day with a relatively small budget. Before you get started with one of these small projects that will make a big impact, check with your community association to ensure that these changes are in the community guidelines. 

Tighten the Edge

Edging is one of the easiest ways to give your curb appeal a facelift in a day. Tightening the edging around your landscaping gives a crisp, clear definition between the yard and the house's landscaping, which gives a clean look. There are various edging materials available at your local home improvement store, so if you feel like you need something new, it is easy to switch up the materials and give your landscaping a fresh new look. 

Facade Facelift

DaVinci suggests giving your home a makeover with decorative siding and moldings that accentuate the home's period. If that doesn't sound appealing, there are other ways you can give your facade a facelift, like adding a fresh coat of paint or replacing worn-out shutters with something new. While bigger projects may require professionals — and will definitely need HOA approval — smaller projects like the shutters are a great introductory DIY project. 

Give Your Mailbox Love

Something that most homeowners wouldn't think of is to give their mailbox a touch-up. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint or a new stand will make a world of difference on the part of our home that is often seen as utilitarian and not decorative. Check the HOA guidelines to see what types of mailboxes are permitted; it's possible that you can replace your current box with something that has a bit more flair. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Planning and Projects, HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas, HOA | Condo Maintenance

5 Strategic Ways to Deliver Bad News to The Owners — A Guide for Boards

Posted by Jennifer Harvey on Apr 21, 2021 9:45:00 AM

Delivering bad news is difficult. This is why successful HOA Board Members will go to any length to ensure the news is delivered in a way that minimizes conflict and frustration. As a board member, it's normal to feel ambivalence when delivering bad news. 

Reasons A Board Would Need to Deliver Bad News. 

One of the significant roles of a board is to enact and enforce rules, regulations as well as policies that enhance or maintain the health, well-being and safety of a homeowner's association (HOA). Nevertheless, as a board member, it's inevitable that at some point, you'll have to announce bad news to your unit-owners or shareholders. Bad news messages include capital projects that have fallen behind schedule, circumstances like mold remediation that might temporarily displace residents and parking lot resurfacing, leading to limited parking for some days. Other types of bad news include: 

  • Increased dues
  • Temporal or permanent closing of an amenity
  • Adjustments of rental rates
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Topics: HOA | Condo Management Services, HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Maintenance

Water Damage In Your Condo? Who is Responsible?

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 2, 2020 8:26:00 AM

Condo repair laws tend to define a line between resident and building maintenance. Everything inside one owner's unit, from the walls out, is resident territory. Every home asset outside the unit walls is the HOA's responsibility. But water damage blurs that line in an unpleasant and sometimes multiple unit-spanning way.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Maintenance

Fall Landscaping HOA Needs - Lawn Care Tips

Posted by Rolando Coronado on Sep 23, 2020 8:35:00 AM

As summer ends, we all know that soon the cool crisp fall weather will be here soon if it hasn't already chilled your area. Believe it or not, but fall is the best time to start working on your lawn to ensure luscious green grass come next spring.  If you're part of an HOA, and looking to spruce up community spaces or find tips or guidance for homeowners, check out these lawn care tips.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday, HOA | Condo Maintenance

Luxury Communities Benefit from Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Oct 23, 2019 8:17:00 AM

Living luxuriously means you enjoy many modern comforts. A soothingly hot shower is no exception! When you step into the shower at your home, you expect instantaneous hot water. Most of us do not think about how our water is heated. We simply anticipate hot water flowing through any of our household taps and appliances when we need it. Yet, most homeowners do think about ways to make their homes energy efficient.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Other, HOA | Condo Maintenance

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