HOA

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]

$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]

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]

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]

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]

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]