Carasso

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]

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]

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]

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]