Category: Maintenance

Exterior Deck it Out
2012 March Deck it Out

When you consider all the different exterior components that a condo association has to deal with, decks are sort of like the Rodney Dangerfield of the list—they rarely get any respect. “Decks are definitely something that peop…

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Exterior Green Exteriors
2012 March Green Exteriors

More often than not, when boards or associations broach the issue of their buildings “going green,” images of bamboo flooring, hemp drapes, or solar panels on the roof suddenly spring to mind. The impression seems to be that in a condo,…

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Maintenance Keeping Up Appearances
2011 November Keeping Up Appearances

 Hardy Chicagoans stash their winter coats away as soon as spring temperatures  allow; and, come fall, they resist pulling out those parkas again until their  teeth are chattering. Buildings, however, need preparation that’s a little more …

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Maintenance Winter Cleaning
2011 November Winter Cleaning

 For building owners and managers in Chicago, winter weather not only refers to  the white stuff that falls out of the sky—but rather, the white stuff that collects in a building’s lobby.    That’s right—ice and snow can be a buildi…

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Building Winter Woes
2011 November Winter Woes

 It’s a well-known fact that Chicagoans are tough. But even the bravest among us  shivers just a little bit when the first signs of winter settle over the city.  Winter and the inevitable snow and ice that accompany it take their toll not …

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Building Maintaining a Building's Infrastructure
2011 November Maintaining a Building's Infrastructure

 In many ways, a building’s boiler is like the heart is to the body: it provides heat and circulation; it  works unseen; and if it is not functioning, it won’t take long for life to go away. Maintaining this heat source of the community  i…

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Building Going Up?
2011 November Going Up?

 There are approximately 22,000 elevators and moving conveyances in the city of  Chicago—and that number almost doubles when you add in the surrounding communities in  Illinois. A great number of these elevators are in condominiums and it’…

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Building Breathing Easy
2011 November Breathing Easy

 Keeping indoor air clean is critical to maintaining a healthy environment. The  inner workings of a building’s operating system is often a mystery to the untrained person or board member.  Since it’s easier to determine the cleanliness of…

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Building Close Encounters of the Wild Kind
2011 November Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

 Rick Wilberschied of All That’s Wildlife in Chicago once had to catch a raccoon that had climbed 64 stories  and was sitting on an apartment building balcony. Three months ago, in Chicago’s Boystown, a mother deer found an unlikely spot t…

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Building The Chicagoland Cooperator's Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo
2011 November The Chicagoland Cooperator's Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo

It’s time to turn our attention to The Chicagoland Cooperator’s first annual Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo, a must-attend event for the Chicagoland area’s property managers, board members, real estate professionals, shareholders and unit owner…

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