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We Did It Ourselves… By Steve Hoogenakker Bear with me, this will all tie out in the end. Scene 1: It was November 4th 2011. My daughter was getting married the next day. In preparation for the father of the bride toast, I spent hours searching for the profound piece of advice I could give [...]

Have you ever been impressed by a property manager who was thrust into a difficult situation or conversation and been amazed by how well they handled it? This article aims to teach you some of the skills of a “conversation master”.

There are four critical steps to consider before you request bids from vendors.

1. Set your Internal Goals
2. Decide on “Best of Breed” vendors versus a generic vendor
3. Review Proposals and Contracts
4. Work with your vendor

Steve – I was responsible for researching and selecting the GPS system we currently use, which, as Christy mentioned, is provided by a company called “Discreet Wireless.”  We have been happy with the performance of this company and their system, and I would recommend it to others. What follows may be more information than you [...]

Besides the metrodome collapse, surely a ploy to get a new stadium, contractors have found this winter to be one they won’t soon forget. So what really happened behind the scenes? What can we learn from it and what does the future hold?

This was a strange winter. With the first snowfall around Mid-November, there

3. Temperatures matter! At 30 degrees, one pound of salt melts 40 pounds of ice, while at 20 degrees, one pound of salt melts only10 pounds of ice, a 400% difference! And the air temperature is a minor part of the equation. Does your contractor apply varying amounts of salt to your property at different temperatures? Do the varying amounts show up when they bill for salt, or does it always seem to be “2 tons” every time? Can you afford to be billed 400% more for salt not used?

Inside our company, we’ve been discussing mother nature’s effect on our lawns. It’s no surprise that it’s been a strange season for weather. Honestly, every season seems strange. This one started out with over 400 funnel clouds early in the season, followed by plenty of rainfall, and an extended period of hot, humid weather. The item that’s caught our attention is the bumper crop of weeds. We expect a lot of weeds during hot, dry weather, but not in a season with plentiful rainfall.

Maintenance Free Living! Really?

When a member asked me to address the belief of homeowners, that HOA living is maintenance free living, the zippy Green Acres theme song came to mind immediately. “Green Acres is the place for me, farm livin’ is the life for me… It continues on “The Chores.. The Stores.. Fresh Air… Town Square…”

I mean, the whole premise of the show was about Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor moving from a complicated city life to their own piece of “the promised land” to enjoy nirvana. Nearly all the comedy revolved around the Douglas’s interactions with “real” people and misconceptions about a simple lifestyle they thought they would enjoy.

HOW ICE MELTERS WORK:

Various ice melters have significantly different performance levels, but they all work in much the same way. NO ice melter is capable of melting snow and ice in its solid state. Ice melters must first come into contact with sufficient moisture to dissolve and form brine.

All ash trees are susceptible to EAB and millions of ash trees have been killed in infested areas already. It’s estimated that townhome associations may have as many as 40% of their trees as ash trees. Minnesota has one of the highest volumes of ash on forestland in the U.S. with an estimated 867 million forestland ash trees and ash is a prominent component of our urban forests as well.