Category: Building Operations

Insurance
Filing a Claim

Sometimes, filing a claim with your insurer is exactly the right thing to do...and sometimes it's not. Industry pros explain which claims should be filed, which ones might not be such a good idea, and how to know the difference. 

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Design
Maximize Your Rooftop Space

The mere ability to access one's rooftop in New York City is a cause to be celebrated. Especially in the sweltering summer months, the ability to escape a cramped hot apartment and look out upon the town from a breezy perch, get some sun, o…

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Management
Resolving Conflicts

Even in the most harmonious of communities, conflicts are bound to arise -- and having a responsive, resourceful manager with good communication and conflict resolution skills is crucial, no only to avoid costly litigation, but to get impor…

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Design
How to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Space

Home cooks often dream of large rambling kitchens filled with restaurant-quality equipment; six burner stoves; double ovens; industrial strength dishwashers that scrape the crud right off the pots; and sub-zero refrigerator freezers with hy…

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Management
2017 May Pool Safety

According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), there are 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools in the United States. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an agency that is independent of th…

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Maintenance
2017 May Façade Cleaning

Like people, buildings age. Even under the best of atmospheric conditions, dust, dirt and grime accumulate, changing a building’s appearance over time. Often it’s not until a building’s façade is cleaned that one notices how it was dirty to…

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Landscaping
Before You Hire a Landscape Architect...

Hiring any type of professional is a delicate process - but when your building or HOA's curb appeal is in the balance, choosing the right pro for the job is crucial to maintaining value and keeping trees, plants, flowerbeds, and other lands…

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Finance
The Benefits of Reserve Studies

What's a reserve study, and why should your building or HOA conduct them regularly? Find out why they're a crucial part of your community's financial, mechanical, and structural health! 

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Finance
2017 April Financing Investor-Held Condominium Units

Like single-family homes, condominium units tend to be owner-occupied. Financing for these units therefore tends to follow traditional guidelines and requirements centered on owner occupancy. But what happens when a condo unit is held as an…

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