Category: Maintenance

Maintenance Brew Your Own Juice
2012 August Brew Your Own Juice

 Among the many perils experienced by Floridians during the blackouts and  hurricanes that swept the state in the middle of the last decade,  non-functioning emergency systems in condominium buildings were a major  problem.    As a …

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Maintenance Going Green
2012 July Going Green

 If your association is thinking about taking a more natural approach to its  landscape, giving up toxic chemicals in favor of organic solutions, consider  yourself special.    According to Ian Orlikoff, owner of Eco Logic Land Care…

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Maintenance Caulk it Up
2012 July Caulk it Up

 With the possible exception of fire, nothing is more damaging to residential  buildings and the property of their occupants as leaks. Whether it’s a torrential deluge from the upstairs neighbor’s overflowing bathtub or a slow, seeping lea…

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Maintenance Prepping Your Outdoor Amenities
2012 March Prepping Your Outdoor Amenities

Thanks to its tropical climate, erratic weather changes are nothing new to Southern Florida residents. There are cold fronts from November through March, and if that’s not enough, the hurricane season is kind enough to coincide with the…

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Exterior Concrete Concerns
2012 March Concrete Concerns

Florida does not have the harsh winters of the north, where thawing and freezing take their toll on concrete. But corrosion of concrete is an issue in South Florida, and homeowner associations need to ensure that the concrete making up …

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Exterior Let There Be Light
2012 March Let There Be Light

As recently as the 1930’s, only 68 percent of American homes had electricity. By the middle of the last century however, most Americans enjoyed well-lighted homes, and the light had started to spread outdoors as well. Initially, yards a…

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Exterior All Hands on Deck
2012 March All Hands on Deck

During the building boom of the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s, condominium developments all across the country were trying to give their units a little edge. Some added upgraded cabinetry and flooring. Others included high-end appliances…

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Exterior Papers, Please
2012 March Papers, Please

Whether it is redesigning light fixtures in a common space or replacing a roof, repair jobs and capital improvement projects are like death and taxes: they're inevitable. Though an HOA's property manager most often handles the hiring of…

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Maintenance Maintenance Responsibilities
2011 December Maintenance Responsibilities

 It's no secret that HOA board members are often forced to balance the interests  of individual residents against those of the community as a whole—and that can make prioritizing projects and community budgets a tricky task  indeed. The re…

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Maintenance Keeping Up Appearances
2011 November Keeping Up Appearances

There’s nothing quite like making a first impression. For those living in condominiums or homeowner associations in South Florida, a great deal of creating this important impression is often out of a resident’s hands, so it’s necessary …

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