Vendors and Community Associations

  • Price vs A Job Well Done ~ Managing Maintenance Issues in a Homeowners Association May 6, 2017 One of the largest questions we get at Key CMI is about managing maintenance issues in a Homeowners Association scenario. Has your board of directors ever embarked on a significant community project, and once completed, it became evident the quality of the job didn’t meet expectations, but you sure saved a lot of money? HOA board members face the delicate task of accomplishing the maintenance needs and desires of their association while balancing cost and quality of work.  As a ...
  • Great Communication Makes the Most of Vendor Relationships May 5, 2017 Working with vendors is a large part of serving on the board of a managed community. Every community has outside partners for services like landscaping, sanitation, cable and Internet provision, pool maintenance, valet services and more. Open and effective communication among the board, the management company and the vendors employed by the association is an important part of making the most of any community’s operating budget and improving the lifestyles of its residents.    Read the article…………..
  • Discover the Truth About Your Contractor (WA, OR) April 20, 2017 A recent newspaper article warned homeowners of an inspector who had been fined more than $80,000 by Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board (or “CCB”) for performing illegitimate inspections and using the license number of an inspector who had the same first and last name. It is a reminder that licensure comes with important consumer protections, including insurance and bond requirements and other reporting obligations intended to put owners on notice of a history of problems.    Read the article……………
  • When To Retain a Licensed Engineer April 10, 2017 It is commonplace for businesses and community associations to retain an accountant, or a lawyer, or a financial advisor; but how often does one think about retaining a Professional Engineer?  Engineering oversight on your technical projects pays for itself in lower total cost, higher quality, financial security, and legal resilience, and for an investment that may be surprisingly reasonable compared to the cost of a failed project. An engineering opinion can move mountains with contractors, insurance companies, banks, and lawyers. ...

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Vendor Contracts

  • Five proven steps to landing your first HOA client (Landscapers) March 2, 2017 I was 14 years old working in my father’s landscape business over the summer when I saw them. I was impressed by the fully uniformed staff with the logoed trucks all working together. This company did everything in the fancy community.  They had a truck that did just irrigation. Another that did just trimming and detailing and another that did all the gorgeous seasonal flowers in front. There was even a shiny pick-up truck that went around just checking on ...
  • Control the Negotiation Before It Begins December 10, 2015 Countless books and articles offer advice that can help deal makers avoid missteps at the bargaining table. But some of the costliest mistakes take place before negotiators even sit down to discuss the substance of the deal. That’s because people fall prey to a seemingly reasonable—but ultimately faulty—assumption about deal making.      Read the article…………
  • HOAs, Contracts – A Checklist and Basic Guide October 21, 2015 Samuel Goldwyn said that “an oral contract isn’t worth the paper it is written on.” Unfortunately, the same can be said for many written contracts. The purpose of this brief article is to identify key provisions that should be included in association contracts. A well written contract can reduce liability exposure, reduce the risk of litigation, and help ensure that associations meet their objectives.     Read the article…………..
  • Vendor Consolidations September 9, 2015 Board members, community managers and homeowners are constantly hiring vendors for various reasons, such as landscaping, painting, fencing, roofing, etc. However, some vendors just do a better job than others, which is why some communities with HOAs have pre-approved vendor lists. When something needs to be done, it has to be performed by one of the pre-approved vendors.   Read the article………..

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