Property Manager's Blog

YUP, RAINY SEASON AGAIN

Rainy Season Maintenance

Southern California’s official rainy season runs from October through April – and 2017 is no different.  If your communities’ storm drain inlets, catch basins & V-ditches are owned, controlled or maintained by the HOA – its annual maintenance time! Landscaping debris and trash accumulate quickly (especially in out-of-view, underground storm drains).  This obstruction compromises yo ...[Read More]

READY FOR SUMMER 2017?

Summer maintenance checklist!

Yep, it’s that time of year again. If your property’s parks, pools and sport courts are not ready for the looming seasonal rush – Carasso Handyman Services can help with your maintenance punch lists. Check these items off now to help residents (+you) make Summer ’17 the best ever! Get in the cue before the inevitable surge… contact Bill soon with work orders for: PARK ...[Read More]

$AVE SOME HOA MOOLA!

Carasso does expert wrought iron repair!

Wrought iron repair & painting saves money. (HOAs love saving moola!) Independent studies confirm valuable cost-savings from regularly performed wrought iron maintenance. Your property’s rails and fencing are always under attack from landscaping moisture & coastal sea salts.  These corrosive forces are catalysts accelerating the deterioration (and subsequent failure) of the wrought i ...[Read More]

YES PLEASE!

Maintenance Agreements

With a quick show of hands… which managers enjoy saving time, money and delighting residents? Carasso service agreements = less maintenance calls and complaints! Maintenance programs provide convenience and value while mitigating known safety risks. Benefits include all basic maintenance PLUS handyman services, priority response, discounted labor rates and monthly billing! So why not simplif ...[Read More]

GRAFFITI REMOVAL

Carasso does Graffiti Removal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Updated 2017 rulings for Valentine’s Day card distribution approved by both AFLAR (American Federation of Love & Romance) and UCC (United Cupid Committee) stipulate: “No Valentines will be delivered to unapproved mailboxes. These include mailboxes that are damaged, rusted or have graffiti.” Don’t ruin romance for your residents!  The go-to guys at ...[Read More]

MINIMIZE DAMAGES NOW

Leak Damage Repair

We’ve finally received some much-needed rain… and some calls about “recently appeared drywall stains.” Water intrusion is tricky. It can run along structural framing or piping before dribbling onto drywall, obscuring the true source of the problem. Even tiny seepage breaches can proceed dangerous mold, dry rot, insulation damage and structural destruction. Carasso’s m ...[Read More]

REDUCE HOLIDAY STRESS

Ho-Ho-Holiday Ready?

Since hearing the same complaints from board members or residents can be as much fun as sand in your underpants… why not avoid them? As we rush into 2016’s festivities, it’s time to finish up those lingering handyman projects and cross them off your list. Carasso’s Handyman Services to the rescue!  Major and minor property repairs will be fixed quickly and efficiently. Expe ...[Read More]

DON’T DIS DRYWALL

Drywall Patch & Repair

Did you know that when drywall was invented by the U.S. Gypsum Company in 1916 – nobody wanted to use it?   It was considered “cheap”. A star is born: It wasn’t until the US’s entry into World War II created the need for quick, inexpensive building materials to offset labor shortages and war costs that this now “common” product got its opportunity to shine ...[Read More]

RELAX – THE PROS ARE HERE

Relax - The Pros Are Here

FACT:  You need reliable, trusted & professional handyman services. Carasso’s experienced Handyman Services division to the rescue!  No project is too small and our work is guaranteed. Why keep hearing the same complaints from board members or residents?  We can help you cross items off your to-do list, allowing you to spend time on other priorities. Carasso’s years of construction ...[Read More]

OFFICE LUNCH & LEARN

Schedule Your Lunch & Learn

Hungry for knowledge?  You are invited! Contact your friends at Carasso Construction Services to schedule your company’s complimentary, catered Lunch & Learn. Our experienced pros present a brief, engaging and informative report – offering a new way to look at your community’s Decking & Waterproofing issues. We simplify the vendor Lunch & Learn experience.  All your b ...[Read More]

FANTASTIC-MASTIC (EXPANSION JOINTS)

Fantastic Mastic Expansion Joints

The phrase “mastic expansion joints“ just conjures up images of unparalleled glamour, doesn’t it? Hard-working, waterproof seams are essential – designed to allow concrete pool decks, driveways and sidewalks to safely expand and contract. When properly maintained, they add protection and safety while eliminating insect/weed invasion and dangerous trip hazards.  Most importa ...[Read More]

TREACHEROUS CONCRETE

Carasso does concrete replacement

As far as I can tell, no one needs to know a bull-float from a screed to recognize ugly, cracked and dangerous concrete.  (Uhh… the kind that creates hazards for pedestrians and exposes HOAs to expensive liability claims?) As landscaping matures, aggressive rooting tendencies damage and compromise the structural integrity of soil beneath slabs, sidewalks and patios.  This causes treacherous ...[Read More]

DON’T IGNORE THE SIGNS

Carasso Does Signs, Lots of Them

Whether it was hit by a vehicle, vandalized or just faded from age – it’s a bad sign (figuratively and literally.) Carasso Construction Services has been replacing and installing community signage since 1987.  We take care of providing and expertly mounting your shiny new street signs, pool signs, fire lane signs and more.  From 1 to 100+ signs – no job is too big or too small. W ...[Read More]

SUMMER MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Summer Maintenance Checklist

Yep, it’s that time of year. If your property’s parks, pools and sport courts are not ready for the looming seasonal rush – Carasso can help with your maintenance punch lists. Checking these items off now, will help residents (and you) enjoy summertime in its full glory. PARKS:  Raised Concrete Grinding | Restroom Repair | BBQ Grill Replacement/Repair POOLS:  Gate Latch Repair | ...[Read More]

WOOD REPAIR & REPLACEMENT

Wood Repair & Replacement

Don’t be surprised, hidden dry-rot and termites cause over $8 billion in wood damages per year.  Regular repair/ replacement of damaged lumber will protect community investments and save money. Let us help!  Wood repair and replacement is one of our specialties. Although some pest control companies offer wood-replacement as an extra revenue source – don’t do it!  Repairs to exist ...[Read More]

WELDING & WROUGHT IRON

Carasso welding

FACT:  Welding & wrought iron repair will save your communities money.  By targeting problem-areas, savvy Property Managers proactively reduce the need for future repairs or replacement. The trusted Carasso pros will repair/replace deteriorating fence rails, pickets & support posts – keeping them in top-notch performance & appearance.  We fix broken gate latches, closures, and of ...[Read More]

LEAKS DAMAGE REPAIR

Leaks Damage Repair

Sure, water can be a creative medium (as in the watercolor illustration above), but it’s a destructive force in building structures. The pros at Carasso specialize in detecting and repairing unseen leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings (not roofs).   These hidden leaks lead to dangerous mold, dry rot, insulation damage, structural damage, and other forms of expensive property damage. Fa ...[Read More]

PROP MGR GRUDGE MATCH

Winter storm's 1-2 punch.

“LET’S GET READY TO RUM-BUUUUUULE!” Although “El Niño & Señor Santa Ana Winds” sort-of-sound like headliners at a Mexican wrestling match, their one-two punch can be a HOA and Property Manager’s worst nightmare. Here’s how winter storm’s tag-team creates major damage and safety issues: First, “El Niño” pummels our communities with heavier-than-average rains that saturate the ground and l ...[Read More]

OH ÑO… EL NIÑO

OH ÑO… EL NIÑO 2016

According to NOAA, this year’s El Niño is forecast to become one of the strongest on record. It is expected to influence weather and climate patterns this winter by impacting the Pacific jet stream. Predications are calling for an even wetter and colder winter as compared to the last strong El Niño winter of ‘97-’98*. You don’t have to dread the upcoming rainy-season and the maintenanc ...[Read More]

PLAIN GUTTER TRASH

Gutter Maintenance

Look around your office (go ahead, I’ll wait…) You’ll notice the seasoned Property Managers are taking the initiative to prepare their communities for the 2015/2016 rainy season which traditionally runs from October to April here in our SoCal paradise. When it does rain, it comes down hard and can overwhelm the water run-off and drainage systems that are in place if they are not prepared to ...[Read More]