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4 Tips to Find and Keep Good Vendors for Your Homeowners Association

August 8, 2018 at 3:48 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors

A new member has been elected to your HOA board. Suddenly, you learn that they seem to have a general mistrust of any current vendors of the association, perhaps because they did not choose them. They call for at least three bids on every project, no matter how small. This person seems to be trying to fix something that may not have been broken in the first place.

A board of directors will have its fair share of challenges with new board members automatically calling for new vendors, even when the ones they are working with are really solid.


HOA Board Checklist for Hiring 3rd Party Contractors

March 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Contractors

You wouldn’t dream of inviting an unverified contractor into your home to make repairs...let alone the homes under your care as a member of the HOA board.  The results of a third-party contractor’s work will ultimately affect tens to hundreds of fellow homeowners.  

Make the process easier and more effective for your HOA board by following a well-planned checklist.  That way everyone’s on the same page from start to finish.  Here are 10 tips your HOA board can use to hire a third-party contractor.


Is it Okay for an HOA Board to Run Its Own Construction Projects?

August 15, 2017 at 2:10 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Contractors, Construction Projects

Do you live in a community where the HOA board is running its own projects? Are you feeling as if you’re not getting the proper information and updates about the project?

HOA managers are often the face of all projects and correspondence to the owners. This helps the membership to feel secure and helps ensure the projects are run in a professional and accurate manor.


An HOA Board’s Fiduciary Duty: The Key to Avoid Conflicts of Interest

April 15, 2016 at 10:31 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Contractors, HOA Law

In homeowner’s associations, you and every board member are considered a fiduciary and are duty bound to act in the best interests of all residents, not your own best interests.


Why an HOA Board Should Use Caution When Hiring a Contractor

March 30, 2015 at 4:21 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors, HOA Maintenance

Finding a contractor who will perform quality work at a reasonable price can be a daunting task for any HOA board. It’s always a good idea to use contractor caution and ask for references, contact the Better Business Bureau and your state licensing bureau to see if there are complaints against a prospective contractor. In addition, the following warning signs can alert you to unscrupulous, disorganized, inexperienced or financially troubled contractors who may deliver broken promises, bad work and blown budgets rather than professional results.


Questions an HOA Board Should Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

October 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Contractors

Homeowners associations often have to hire new contractors to do work for them. It may be for a new roof on the community center, repairs to a park, overlaying streets or for some other purpose. When your Association is considering hiring a new contractor, knowing what questions to ask them is vital in these situations. 


The Importance of Hiring Licensed Contractors for Your Homeowners Association

July 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Contractors

One of the stated goals of a homeowners association is to oversee the upkeep of common areas in the community, such as clubhouses, pools, fitness rooms, and parks. When choosing contractors to maintain and repair community property it is imperative to choose a licensed contractor to perform the work. Unlicensed contractors put the homeowners association at risk for a myriad of problems that could arise.


Why We Recommend Professional HOA Landscape Maintenance Services

February 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors, HOA Maintenance

Maintaining the common area in your California Homeowner Association is one of the board's most important responsibilities. Some maintenance requires consistent upkeep. Landscape maintenance falls into that category and it is usually in the board's best interest to contract with a professional company to provide HOA landscape maintenance services in order to save on cost, and have consistency within the look of the community. While some homeowners might complain that the cost of professional landscaping is unnecessary, we would like to offer you several reasons why we believe that it is worth every penny.


Five Guidelines for Dealing with Contractors in California

February 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Contractors, Property Maintenance, HOA Maintenance

Is your California Homeowners Association thinking of embarking on a maintenance or construction project that will require the services of a contractor? If the project needs association approval, the first thing before you get to the place of interviewing Contractors in California is to make sure you follow the steps of your design review process.