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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

Besides posts about Mark Wirkus and Ole, this is the most painful post I’ve done. It’s no surprise really. When LandCare first took over my business, (the wallstreet firm), they had a better idea of running an entrepeneurial organization. Their plan was to leave the strong owners in place, share information and best practices to [...]

It’s time. There is only 40 days until first applications start and 45-50 days til spring cleanups and sod repair. It seems like winter will never end, but I know better. I’ve been working on a gantt chart to prepare the companies for spring, and thought I’d share it with my contractor friends. It’s not [...]

Think about this though. Snow fighting is all a skills game. When you have skilled employees, isn’t the worst method to gauge their success by the hours worked? Wouldn’t it be better to pay based on the results? I don’t mean to insult, but paying hourly is the lazy way for the manager and the contractor, and I believe it leaves the residents, tenants and owners paying for the lack of upfront effort.

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.

Have you ever had a discussion with a renter, employee or HOA board manager that just didn’t click? Would you like to know how to communicate with people in your industry, regardless of how different their personality is?

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.

Many folks are not aware that the rain that runs to our storm sewers does not go to the municipal plant for treatment. It used to, but as growing communities increased pressure on treatment plants, cities nationwide disconnected storm sewers and routed them directly to the nearest lake or stream. In Minnesota, pride in our natural resources is strong, and residents are willing and eager to do their part to protect water quality.