Posted on December 31, 1969 7:00 PM by HOA Sites
Categories: HOA Website
Homeowners associations without an HOA manager are led by board members that volunteer their time.  Usually, these members have a limited amount of free time to spend working for the association and information may not be updated on the neighborhood website.  There are several areas to analyze in a homeowners association to decide whether or not an HOA manager should be hired.  What should every homeowners association take into consideration before making that decision?
The Value Of A Manager
Board members generally know less about homeowners associations than a manager unless they have been involved on every decision for many years.  The value of most managers isn’t noticed until decisions need to be made about finances, unexpected projects, and setting aside money for the future.
Finances can make an influential impact on the homeowners association.  Managers are more likely to understand that as they have seen the result of financial decisions in the past and can guide board members.  With financial guidance, decisions are made to secure the funds for repairs during an unexpected project.
Some board members forget to account for that which could lead to a shortage in reserve funds.  Managers know which projects are likely to need additional funding and have a better understanding of how the reserve study needs to be updated.  Their assistance to the HOA board is highly valuable as it keeps the association running smoothly.
Two Additional Reasons
Homeowners associations have a duty to keep residents informed through newsletters or updating the neighborhood website.  If the association has a manager, communications improve since they make it a priority to post updates and notify members of upcoming board meetings.  Finally, the last reason to appoint a manager is to ensure that board members are trained properly.  Typically, this helps the association stay maintained as educated decisions are made and homeowners get to enjoy a quality lifestyle.
Posted on December 31, 1969 7:00 PM by HOA Sites
Categories: HOA Website
Spring is an anticipated time for most residents as winter makes it nearly impossible to enjoy some outdoor activities due to freezing temperatures.  Aside from enjoying outdoor activities, spring is also an ideal time to catch up on maintaining the outside of your home as warmer weather arrives.  Areas of the home could likely use a round of spring cleaning after the winter months.  The following tips are usually found on the homeowner association website as they ensure your home is ready for another year.
What Do Guests Notice First?
Certain areas of a home are more noticeable than others so factor that into your approach when you start.  For instance, the front porch and guest seating area may be where guests spend most of their time so focus on cleaning these areas well.  When cleaning, choose a cloudy day or start early to prevent surfaces such as windows and the garage door from getting heat soaked.
Remember, cooler surfaces are much easier to clean and windows will have fewer water spots if you dry them with a chamois after washing.  Often, using a rag or brush soaked in dish soap and a multi-purpose cleaner is adequate to clean most surfaces.  Afterwards, use a water hose to rinse the area and check for cleanliness.  If not, use a pressure washer on the area but refrain from holding the nozzle in one spot as it might cause damage.
All Residents Enjoy Fresh Air
Many HOA residents look forward to the spring season as they enjoy having guests over for a gathering or cookout.  The patio area is where a majority of guests will sit to experience the fresh air that spring brings.  Patio furniture should be wiped down using a warm, wet cloth after all cushions have been removed and vacuumed.  Last but not least, remove any cobwebs that formed over winter and don’t forget to keep the homeowner association website in mind for future tips.
Posted on December 31, 1969 7:00 PM by HOA Sites
Categories: HOA Website
Homeowners associations across the country strive to be greater every year so residents enjoy a higher standard of living while home values never depreciate.  In most cases, board members know there’s room for improvement but evaluating the performance each year helps identify which areas need attention.  Even the community website should be looked at and how it keeps residents up-to-date.  What should you consider when measuring the performance of your homeowners association?
Consistent Improvement Is Vital
Ask board members to grade each area but keep in mind the rules set forth by the governing documents.  Also, seek the participation of residents as they may offer valuable ideas when critiquing the homeowners association.  HOA board members have a duty to fulfill to the association that includes organizing meetings and producing financial reports.  How are those being conducted throughout the year?  Is the association operating within or under budget?
Typically, leadership is noticeable after a few meetings and seeing the guidance shown by HOA board members.  Are meetings carried out consistently and according to the agenda or do topics get discussed not on the agenda?  This is an area where board members must exercise discipline and follow what is outlined in the governing documents.
The community website is a popular place for homeowners to see the latest updates in the neighborhood.  Common areas in the community indicate how well the homeowners association is being maintained.  A healthy homeowners association takes necessary measures to maintain an adequate amount of reserve funds for the upkeep of common areas.
Address Your Weaknesses
If reserve funds are inadequate, projects may be postponed or the association could impose a special assessment.  Not only does this show poor performance of the homeowners association but it causes residents to question the decision-making of board members.  After an evaluation, get advice from a manager or specialist to ensure the homeowners association performs well in all areas.
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