On almost every HOA reconstruction project we encounter the same types of challenges to one degree or another, and these challenges would be no different for a seismic upgrade project. First is the “political” aspect of a project, which entails explaining to the homeowners the necessity for the project in such a way that they […]
For years Village Palos Verdes Homeowners Association had incurred substantial costs for building maintenance. The complex, consisting of 21 buildings, two pool house buildings and 180 units,was in excess of 30 years old. The original cedar siding had never been sealed nor had any finish ever been applied; it was dried out, full of termites and dry […]
Ponderosa Springs Homeowners Association is a lovely 210-unit complex in San Pedro with numerous mature trees, waterfalls and streams throughout. The 30-year-old buildings, however, were suffering the effects of deferred maintenance of their wood decks, stairs, etc. Purblished in Focus Magazine May/June 2015
This article was first featured in Focus Magazine Jan/Feb 2013 Edition. The Essex House, a three -story (14-unit) luxury condominium complex located on the sand in Marina del Rey was a property that was in need of some serious help. The original selection of building materials, coupled with years of deferred maintenance, had caused serious problems for […]
The term “deferred” means to put something off until a later time, while the word “maintenance” is defined as work that is done regularly to keep a building, or piece of equipment in good condition and working order. This begs the question, how does someone put something off until a later time while doing it regularly?
At a recent homeowner association meeting where extensive deferred maintenance issues were being discussed, we had invited a local real estate appraiser to address the membership concerning several different renovation options (and therefore costs) associated with the much needed repairs. In his opening remarks to the membership he bluntly stated, “The problem with homeowner associations is that the members have an ownership interest with an apartment mentality.” At the time I thought that statement was pretty harsh, but looking back over the past 23 years of consulting for homeowner associations I believe he has a point. Although I understand that this is quite a generalization, there are many aspects of his statement that ring true.
“Good Communication Takes Leadership” By Dennis Brooks, Design Build Associates, Inc. Good communication takes leadership. Does your homeowners association have a strong communication process so that you can keep the homeowners informed? During a reconstruction project it is especially critical to communicate well with the homeowners. Efficient and effectively managed projects focus almost as much […]
Three days of straight rain and the property manager can’t answer the phone fast enough. She thinks to herself, “How can this be, we just had the roofs replaced last year.” The roofs might be in perfect condition, but still the leaks persist.
We have found that many associations are not fully aware of the duties and responsibilities of a construction manager, and are therefore hesitant to hire one, because they feel that they are just adding an additional layer of cost to the project. Regardless of what caused the problem that you’re facing, i.e., construction defects, a […]
Over the last 30 plus years we have heard many HOA boards of directors and even some community managers state reasons why they decided not to involve a construction manager (CM) in their project. Although many of these reasons may seem appropriate on their face, oftentimes they indicate a lack of understanding of what exactly […]
The Board of Directors debates – but “The Process” is even more important! The Board knows they are facing a project that can’t be put off any longer. The time has come to get it done! Past boards may have put it off because of a lack of funds, or because some were terrified […]