Category: Exterior

Exterior Q&A: Fighting a Board Alone
2011 March Q&A: Fighting a Board Alone

Q How can condo owners contest a condo board without hiring a lawyer? Are their rules impeachable? Can we contest a fine? They assess owners to pay legal fees if we start proceedings. Is that fair? —Amazed and confu…

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Exterior Q&A: Questioning Association's Finances
2011 March Q&A: Questioning Association's Finances

Q My condo association has not revealed the bank that we bank at nor has the condo board members treated me fairly in depositing my assessments and pro-rations. What can I do about this without hiring a lawyer? —Financial Exam…

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Exterior ACTHA in Action
2011 March ACTHA in Action

 Every condo or homeowners association has its own board and management company  to handle the community's day-to-day business and administrative activities but  who advocates for those communities at the municipal and state level? Who loo…

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Exterior Digging for Gold
2011 March Digging for Gold

 Having the same cachet as Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Chicago’s Gold Coast is as affluent as its name suggests: it is the wealthiest  residential neighborhood in the Windy City.    The landmarked neighborhood for the super-rich go…

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Exterior Newfangled Monkey Bars
2011 March Newfangled Monkey Bars

Often when we think of the “good old days,” thoughts of a time before cell phones, Facebook and GPS come to mind, when kids played in public parks stocked with swing sets, monkey bars and maybe (if you were lucky) a basketball hoop and …

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Exterior More Than Just Maintenance
2011 March More Than Just Maintenance

In Chicagoland, your building maintenance professionals are the chief engineer, head engineer, or sometimes, even the janitor. Regardless of title, these people keep the home fires burning and make sure every apartment building runs sm…

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Exterior Green Days
2011 March Green Days

Traditional household cleaners may leave sinks, floors, carpets and countertops gleaming, but they also leave behind traces of toxic chemicals. According to, in any given home in America, you’re likely to find up to 10 g…

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Exterior A Team Effort
2011 March A Team Effort

 As anyone who’s ever had their heat go out in the dead of winter can tell you, condo buildings  don’t maintain themselves. It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes a  knowledgeable, experienced team comprised of a qualified …

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Exterior Facade Maintenance
2011 March Facade Maintenance

 For those who might not know, building facades are the exterior walls of a  building—they're important not just for their architectural and aesthetic significance, but  because they're built to withstand the elements and preserve the unde…

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