Property Manager's Blog

PEOPLE vs. CONCRETE = HOA LOSS

Concrete Grinding

Statistics show that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accidents leading to personal injury.  Many accidents occur each year because of poorly maintained sidewalks.  This includes raised sidewalks and cracked or broken concrete.  Property owners can be held liable for injuries caused by poorly maintained walkways and cost HOAs big dollars in damage awards for past and future medical exp ...[Read More]

WHAT THE DECK?!?

WHAT THE DECK?!?

As a Property Manager, deck repair and maintenance is usually one of the many items that fall into your responsibility.  Now that rainy season is over it’s time for a deck check. Decks, stairs, balconies & walkways are all subject to the devastation of water, sunlight & weather.  Additional stresses like BBQ heat, pet urine, leaking plant pots & chemical decay will also take thei ...[Read More]

YOU + PLUS1 = DONE

YOU + PLUS1 = DONE

Have you tried our Plus1® Property Walks yet? It’s one of the best time-savers a busy property manager has!  Bill or Dave will join you and your landscaper for your scheduled monthly property/landscape inspection.  Then you get to experience how we simplify property maintenance.   Call us with the date of your next property walk (+ your Starbucks order) We meet you with beverages, a Plu ...[Read More]

HOA MINUTE ESSENTIALS

HOA MINUTE ESSENTIALS

Meeting minutes are one of the most important of all corporate documents for a homeowners association. Minutes that are vague or fail to accurately record board action are a detriment to the association. These issues often come to light only after copies of minutes have been requested in the discovery process of pending litigation.  These suggestions are valuable: Minutes should describe the meeti ...[Read More]

LEAK DETECTIVES

LEAK DETECTIVES

Unseen leak damage can include dangerous mold, dry rot, insulation damage, structural damage, and other forms of property damage.  Unfortunately, the water leaks that go unnoticed usually lead to higher repair costs and in some cases may require mold remediation to make the building safe again. You cannot control the weather but you can have an action plan that minimizes the amount of damage that ...[Read More]

HELP PREVENT HOA BURNOUT

HELP PREVENT HOA BURNOUT

Here’s how to ease the burden when HOA board members are feeling drained: Limit the number of seats to fill.  The smaller your board, the more owners you have on deck that you can ask jump in when current board members feel stretched to the limit.  “Don’t ever go with a bigger board than you absolutely need,” says Bob Carlson, principal at a law firm that advises associations.  G ...[Read More]

LIFE HACKS: REDUCE STRESS

LIFE HACKS:  REDUCE STRESS

Take active time out. Sometimes a short walk is all you need to shake off whatever is ailing you. Getting some fresh air outside a few times each day can drastically reduce your stress levels. Use this time to refresh yourself with water or coffee, go to the bathroom or say hello to a co-worker. Standing up and walking away from your work frequently throughout the day lets you return rejuvenated a ...[Read More]

HALLOWEEN FIRES

HALLOWEEN FIRES

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Halloween decorations have been the first items ignited in an estimated average of 1,240 reported home structure fires per year.  These fires caused more than $20 million in direct property damage per year.  Make sure your property doesn’t become a statistic. Halloween ranks among the top five days of the year for candle-related fires.   ...[Read More]

WORDS WITH FRIENDS

WORDS WITH FRIENDS

Ever dabble in industry accreditation scrabble? NEWSFLASH:  You do whenever you see a string of capital letters after a company’s name and think – “What does that mean?”  Sometimes we are hesitant to ask for fear of not seeming very knowledgeable. Don’t worry, let’s decode one together. What do you think ACMF stands for? A quick Google search came up with these offers: Aircraft-Conditi ...[Read More]

SPRING CHECKLIST

SPRING CHECKLIST

Summer is the most popular time for people looking to move into a new home. For most property managers, there is one big drawback to that bright summer sunshine – the full sun will highlight the items lingering on your repair list.  Witness the peeling paint, cracked tiles, missing roof shingles and rotting deck boards.  This isn’t necessarily the kind of spotlight you or we want on an ...[Read More]

“THE BEST PROPERTY MANAGERS… “

“THE BEST PROPERTY MANAGERS… “

To quote a leading industry professional – “The best property managers have a relationship with a great maintenance construction resource.  This is a tool these professionals bring to the table.  It’s one of their closely guarded secrets how good it makes them look – to both their homeowners and bosses.” We couldn’t agree more! (wink)

HOA: SMART RECRUITING

HOA:  SMART RECRUITING

HOA Board member tips for smart recruiting & grooming: Lower their fear of risk by recruiting prospects to join a committee first. Committees are created to advise the board on a specific topic, and you can ask anyone to be on the committee. This creates a great way to get people involved with a relatively low level of commitment. Be smart about which committee you recruit them to join. Ease t ...[Read More]

RESIDENT LOVE! 5 GREAT TIPS

RESIDENT LOVE!  5 GREAT TIPS

Ever hear the saying “A first impression makes a lasting impression”? Other property managers have shared with me that how you start off communicating with someone sets the tone for how people will respond to you.  Additionally, there are many ways to break barriers and gain trust faster when trying to ensure positive resident relationships.  Win-win! Introduce yourself:  This one is r ...[Read More]

COMPLIANCE: SMOKE DETECTORS

COMPLIANCE:   SMOKE DETECTORS

Rental Housing Bill Becomes Law – Smoke Detectors California Senate Bill 1394 requires that on or before January 1st, 2016, an owner must ensure that smoke alarms are located in each bedroom. Those smoke alarms may be battery operated. Contact Dave or Bill today to schedule our crews to test and install these required smoke detectors to ensure your property is safe and in compliance with the ...[Read More]