2012 March
Focus on... Exterior Maintenance

Maintenance 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 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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Maintenance Let There Be Light
2012 March Let There Be Light

There was a time when most large residential developments relied on glaring floodlights to brighten parking lots, front porches and entryways. Today, there is more to exterior lighting than just chasing shadows away and discouraging cr…

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Maintenance Concrete Concerns
2012 March Concrete Concerns

In Chicago, urban high-rises with sidewalk frontage and suburban HOAs containing walking paths, parking lots, and service roads are reliant on their paved surfaces for conducting their everyday business. Therefore, it's crucial that bu…

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Management Papers, Please!
2012 March Papers, Please!

Just think about this—you go to a doctor’s office for the first time and, hanging on the wall is an empty frame where his medical degree should be. You question him about it and he tells you, sure, he graduated from med school. He's tot…

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Real Estate Trends Curb Appeal
2012 March Curb Appeal

As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and for homebuyers, that first impression is almost always the view from the street. No matter how deluxe the accommodations inside, if the property’s ext…

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Finance What's In Your Wallet?
2012 March What's In Your Wallet?

In these times of economic uncertainty, nothing is more important than planning for a rainy day, especially when that rainy day might involve repairs to multimillion dollar buildings. That is one of the many reasons why having an adequ…

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Organizations Chicago's Building Services Trade Unions
2012 March Chicago's Building Services Trade Unions

He makes sure you feel safe and secure in your Lincoln Park condo building. He is the building engineer who fixes your bathroom leak. She is the reason you receive your important mail on time. These folks are part of the thousands of u…

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Q&A: No Attendance?
2012 March Q&A: No Attendance?

Q Our association holds monthly meetings on the same time, day and location every  month. Notices are posted in the elevators and common areas one week in advance  yet no one attends. If binding votes are required to be in the presence of…

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Q&A: Regulating Vehicles On-Site
2012 March Q&A: Regulating Vehicles On-Site

Q When I moved into my condo the bylaws said that vehicles are limited to standard  motor cars (no boats, no trailers, no motor homes and no commercial vehicles).  That was in 2004 and I have a pickup truck and my wife has a SUV. When we …

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