Property Manager's Blog

RAINY SEASON MAINTENANCE

Rainy Season Maintenance

Southern California’s official rainy season runs from October through April.  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 your property’s built-in water run- ...[Read More]

SECRET WEAPON

Property Managers' Secret Weapon

No need to keep hearing the same complaints from board members or residents – you can cross items off your to-do list with one call, allowing you to spend time on other priorities.  A reliable, trusted, and professional handyman service is the savvy property managers’ “secret weapon” to make problems go away.  Carasso’s experienced Handyman Services division to the rescue! Our years of const ...[Read More]

NEWS: AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY

O.C. Register reports balcony collapse due to rotted wooden beams

Fun, edgy post?  This isn’t one of them.   Property maintenance at times, can be very serious business.   Recent heartbreaking news about a balcony collapse due to rotting support beams is not uncommon and happens when structural damage is able to go unnoticed until it’s too late.  The saddest part is that the injuries, loss of life and lawsuits could have all been avoided.   Facts sho ...[Read More]

LIKE IT MONTHLY OR WEEKLY?

Carasso Maintenance Contracts

Why are these Property Managers so happy? With a Carasso service agreement in place, they receive less maintenance calls and complaints! Proactive monitoring and prevention make us a valuable partner to your community, helping to identify and mitigate known risks.  Weekly or monthly, our popular maintenance programs are designed for flexibility. . Benefits include: Priority service response  (for ...[Read More]

UTILITY DOOR REPLACEMENT

Door Replacement & Repair

Utilities and mechanical equipment are usually housed behind specialty access-doors which provide a safe and sheltered service-area for furnaces, water-heaters, pool pumps, security systems, data cables and more. As theses doors age – deterioration and corrosion set in due to exposure to the elements and irrigation overspray.  Some fall victim to vandalism or lack of maintenance, quickly bec ...[Read More]

SAY NO TO THE “BLOW & GO”

Curb Painting & Stenciling

The art of curb painting & stenciling not only makes your properties better looking, but safer too! It helps residents comply with HOA parking policies by clearly identifying the no-parking from designated areas.  Maintaining your community’s painted curbs is also one of the most cost-effective ways to add valuable curb-appeal! (Pun intended.) Parking stripes, stall numbers, handicap, sp ...[Read More]

SIGN HERE…

Signage

Carasso Construction has been refurbishing, replacing & installing community signage since 1987. From individual sign orders to development-wide replacements, Carasso works with property managers to keep their residential developments safe and looking smart.  We take care of maintaining and installing general community signs, insurance required pool-rule signs and more. No job is too big or to ...[Read More]

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION [BIG STUFF]

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION   [BIG STUFF]

It’s true… some general contractors are better than others (yes, some are just plain stinky).  Experienced property managers know that performing large scale and complex re-construction jobs require maintaining a high standard-of-quality.  An established, knowledgeable company like Carasso Construction Services offers the kind of full-service solutions that HOAs require. From architectural plans a ...[Read More]

WROUGHT IRON VOILÀ!

WROUGHT IRON VOILÀ!

Wrought iron repair and painting saves money.  Yeah, we said it.  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 and coastal sea salts.  These corrosive forces are catalysts accelerating the deterioration (and subsequent failure) of the wrought iron. The ...[Read More]

ARE YOU “HOA – ALICIOUS”?

ARE YOU “HOA – ALICIOUS”?

For property managers, being “HOA-alicious” means staying positive in the face of challenging situations. Sometimes residents and even board members can react in a less than professional way.  For our own professional state-of-mind, it’s better to rise above the situation.  Having a positive attitude is fundamental to being engaged at your job and making you more effective with your homeowne ...[Read More]

SPORT COURT LOVE

SPORT COURT LOVE

No, we don’t mean athletic amore – we mean showing your property’s sport courts some care and attention.  Whether you have a single court or are responsible for 20 courts, they represent a significant outlay of capital.  Intelligent maintenance can protect and preserve the investment. The sporty pros at Carasso can help by repairing and replacing tennis court windscreens, net pos ...[Read More]

CAN YOU SPOT THE LAWSUIT?

CAN YOU SPOT THE LAWSUIT?

Did you know that the O.C. Health Care Agency can shut down your property’s pool if an access gate latch is damaged? It’s true! We understand, common area and pool gate closures break – it happens every day.  Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society and there is high legal liability to face for injuries or death. Whether through lack of maintenance or vandalism, you can avoi ...[Read More]

STORM DRAIN MAINTENANCE

STORM DRAIN MAINTENANCE

“Storm drain cleaning, how exciting!” said no one ever.   Remember rain?  Yeah that wet stuff we never get.  It’s well overdue – and when it finally arrives, the water runoff will be fast & furious.  Now is the time for storm drain cleaning to prevent blockages and expensive clean-ups. A storm drain basin needs to be working at 100% capacity at all times.  When the ...[Read More]

$8 BILLION IN DAMAGES

$8 BILLION IN DAMAGES

Don’t be shocked.  Dry rot fungi and termites cause over $8 billion in damages per year.  Your property is literally being eaten alive. Annual repairs and replacement of damaged wood saves money while protecting your investment. We can help.  Wood damage repair and replacement is one of our specialties.  Depending on the location and extent of the damage, and the building materials required ...[Read More]

ART OF STUCCO REPAIR

ART OF STUCCO REPAIR

What would Southern California be without stucco homes & red tile roofs? “Stucco“, the common term for Portland cement plaster, provides an economical hard surface that is rot, rust and fire resistant.  It can be colored and finished in a wide range of beautiful artisan textures.  Matching existing stucco applications is more of an art than a science – experienced property ma ...[Read More]

RELAX – THE PROS ARE HERE

Handyman Services

FACT: You need reliable, trusted, and professional handyman services. Carasso’s experienced Handyman Services division to the rescue!  No project is too small and our work is guaranteed. Every community has a history of recurring repair items that need to be completed in a timely fashion.  No need to keep hearing the same complaints from board members or residents – with one call we ca ...[Read More]

INJURY LIABILTY

INJURY LIABILTY

Americans love to celebrate..  We eat, we drink and we make memories. Your residents gather outdoors to enjoy these festivities, and pro-active property managers make sure their communities are ready while also reducing injury liability for unsafe property amenities. Carasso maintenance pros can help you repair or replace: Broken /damaged pool gates & latches – keep the kids safe! Patio ...[Read More]

S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SHOES!

S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SHOES!

Lana says “I take 2 things VERY seriously – the approach of rainy season and my favorite pair of shoes.” She adds “If you also are the kind of property manager that loves her heels – I’ll let you in on a little secret: good construction maintenance companies will walk your property’s V-ditches for you, photograph any issues that need attention and offer an ...[Read More]

GRILLS READY?

GRILLS READY?

Every Property Manager knows how much residents look forward to this time of the year. Nothing beats gathering everyone together to enjoy a bold, delicious grilled meal. So in order to get your common area grills summer-ready – it’s time to call the Carasso BBQ Crew. Our maintenance pros will remove and clean the cooking grates, scrape and brush out the inside, clean out or replace the ...[Read More]

MASTIC EXPANSION JOINTS

MASTIC EXPANSION JOINTS

Mastic expansion joints are located wherever large amounts of concrete are poured – driveways, sidewalks and pool decks.  Their purpose is to isolate segments of concrete from each other allowing them to expand and contract with summer sun, ground settlement and earthquakes. Your property’s once good-looking mastic gets ugly and separates.  As the sun’s heat laterally expands you ...[Read More]