2008 Nov
Focus on... Building Maintenance

Maintenance Making Life Easier, Less Costly
2008 Nov Making Life Easier, Less Costly

Technological applications to residential building life are becoming more prevalent, and in some cases, they’ve even become more affordable than in the past. An “intelligent” building is able to monitor its environmental, mechanical, and…

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Maintenance A Flushing Concern
2008 Nov A Flushing Concern

Few things illustrate the fragility of modern civilization more clearly than plumbing problems. A broken pipe, a backed-up toilet, a flooded bathroom—any one of these can quickly go from annoyance to emergency, and the longer a plumbing…

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Maintenance Putting Your Best Face Foward
2008 Nov Putting Your Best Face Foward

We’ve all heard the expression about the importance of “putting your best face forward.” It holds true for the building industry as well—though in that case, “putting your best façade forward” might be more accurate. All puns aside,…

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Maintenance Walls, Carpets & Air Ducts
2008 Nov Walls, Carpets & Air Ducts

Common areas are among the most heavily trafficked places in your building or community, so it’s no surprise that these areas are prone to a great deal of damage and wear-and-tear over time. But regular upkeep, scheduled maintenance and…

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Maintenance The Role of the Super
2008 Nov The Role of the Super

The co-op we owned was a huge brick pre-war building. Three of its sides were either attached to other buildings or sealed off by high barbed-wire fencing. The only way into the building was the front door, and that meant going through …

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Maintenance Building From the Ground Up
2008 Nov Building From the Ground Up

Building a successful enterprise from the ground up requires dedication and commitment from dozens, if not hundreds, of people. That’s certainly the case with the creation of a new co-op or condo community, entities that are just as much…

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Maintenance A Word About Roof Repair?
2008 Nov A Word About Roof Repair?

Budget time has come and gone, the area has had rain and snow, your maintenance budget has already been exhausted due to roof leaks. What do you do? You scramble to get quotes for roof replacements, have an association meeting to try to …

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Q&A Q&A: Unfair Access Card Systems
2008 Nov Q&A: Unfair Access Card Systems

Q I live in an adult community that is putting in a new card access system. Our community allows 19-year-olds and above to live here also. The board is going to be allowing two access cards per home, then the homeowner must purchase cards…

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Q&A Q&A: Community Not as Advertised
2008 Nov Q&A: Community Not as Advertised

Q I purchased a home that was incorporated per the public offering statement as an age-55-restricted and gated adult community. It currently is neither an age-restricted community (as stipulated in the federal law), nor a gated community,…

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Q&A Q&A: Shareholders in Arrears
2008 Nov Q&A: Shareholders in Arrears

Q I am a condo board member and we are dealing with a shareholder who is consistently behind in his arrears. We are considering filing a lien against the delinquent owner and foreclosing. Is this our best course of action? —Concerned …

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