Category: Building Operations

Management
2017 March Care and Maintenance of Skylights

No matter what time of year, the addition of natural light into a living space can do more to boost the spirits of its occupants than just about anything else. For a dark kitchen, a gloomy study or a bedroom that lacks that special somethin…

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Management
2017 March Dealing With Clutter and Hoarding Issues

Thanks to several popular cable TV shows, an economy-driven emphasis on downsizing and minimalism, and a politically-driven discussion of the effects of untreated mental health conditions on the greater community, the issue of pathological …

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Maintenance
2017 March Getting Rid of Bedbugs

If you live in a big city, more than likely you’ll eventually cross paths with urban vermin. Rats, mice, cockroaches—these unsavory annoyances have been icking humans out ever since large groups of people began congregating and putting down…

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Maintenance
2017 March Finding and Fixing Leaks

Back in the late ‘80s, pop stars Milli Vanilli once had a hit song called  “Blame It on the Rain.” And while ‘it’ for the singing duo was about heartache and lost love, the rain can bring a very different kind of pain to the board and resid…

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Finance
2017 March Making Special Assessments Work

For residents on fixed incomes, or those who are already struggling to make ends meet because of a job loss, illness or divorce, any hit to their already-stretched-to-the-max budget can be devastating. So when a board levels an assessment o…

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Maintenance
2017 March Vendor Relationships

If you’re a co-op, condo or HOA board member or manager, you have to deal with vendors and service providers constantly; it’s a routine part of the day-to-day running of any building or association. There are always inspections to be done, …

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Finance
For Boards on a Budget...

While not every co-op, condo, or HOA is struggling financially, every board should concern itself with the financial health of the community it governs. Here, financial pros give boards some tips on how to fortify their bottom line. 

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Landscaping
Hiring a Landscaping Company

Spring is around the corner, and with warmer weather and sunnier days come lots of decisions about how to care for your building or HOA's landscaping elements. Here, landscaping and lawn care pros share some ideas about what boards can do b…

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Maintenance
Why Do a Capital Assessment?

Making sure your building or association has adequate funds to carry out major capital projects - roof repairs, boiler/HVAC replacements, new windows, etc. - is a crucial part of your board's fiduciary duty, and conducting a capital assessm…

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