Fall & Winter Home Checklist

Fall and Winter Home Checklist Now that Fall is officially here it is time to think about getting your home ready for the cold winter months ahead. We have compiled a checklist to help get you get ready. 1. Change Furnace Filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. During the heating season filters should be checked and/or changed once a month. 2. Winterize your AC and Water Lines. Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don’t have excess water pooled in equipment. Have an HVAC contractor tune up your furnace and winterize your AC equipment at the same time. Turn off any exterior water spigots and store away drained hoses. 3. Dodge the Drafts. Caulk around windows and doors. If gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel you need to reapply exterior caulk. Silicone caulk is the best for exterior use because it will not shrink. Also adding weather stripping around doors will help keep out the drafts. 4. Clean the gutters. If your gutters are full of debris water can back up against the house damaging roof, siding, wood trim, and it can cause leaks or ice damns. You can typically pay $100 to $250 for this service depending on size of home. Also look for missing or damaged gutters and fascia boards. 5. Drain your lawn sprinkling/irrigation system. This will prevent freezing and leaks. A professional can help with this task. 6. Prune shrubs and trees. Most horticulturalists recommend waiting to prune until winter when they have been dormant and just before spring growth begins. Check with your local nurseries and gardeners to get specific advice about plants in your region. 7. Take advantage of any tax credits. Various local, state, and federal incentives exist to encourage the use of efficient windows, doors, insulation, roofing, HVAC, water heaters, and alternative energy technologies, like solar...

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President Obama Signs FHA Condominium Approvals

On July 29th 2016, President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act. H.R. 3700 is now federal law. This law reforms the process used by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to determine if condominium unit owners qualify for a mortgage with FHA insurance.  FHA does not originate mortgage loans, but instead insures mortgage against default.  In 2009 FHA changed its condominium qualification rules which left the majority of condominium home-buyers ineligible for FHA-insured mortgages. H.R. 3700 is expected to expand the number of condominiums where borrowers can us an FHA insured mortgage to purchase a home.  The FHA must now begin to implement H.R. 3700 which will involve changes to FHA regulations and existing agency guidelines.  We look forward to the changes in the current condominium re-certification process and how it is a positive change for those looking to purchase a...

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Summer Time Pet Safety

If you live in a homeowner’s association that allows pets and many do, then it goes without saying how much owners love their pets so keeping them safe in these warm summer months is important.  When out for a walk with Fido beware of the sidewalk temperature.  Pet’s paws are sensitive so prolonged exposure to a hot sidewalk can be painful.  Go when it is cooler outside such as in the morning or evenings.  Also check your pets toe pads for burning, severe dryness, cracking or bleeding.  Bringing pets indoors when there are extreme summertime high temperatures is also a must. So check your weather daily and limit a dog’s time outside.  If you feel uncomfortable with the outside air temperature then chances are your pet will be too.  Keep pets hydrated is another important thing in hot summer months.  Making sure they have shade to protect them and enough water in a place that it won’t get hot.  Having a kiddie pool filled with cool water for your pet is another way to make sure your pet is not overheating. Keep your pet active and out of trouble by getting creative for ways they can have some exercise both indoors and outdoors.  An HOA board should remind residents in your association to pay attention to their pets and keep them engaged and happy.  Doing this can ensure no bad behavior or noise complaints since most of these issues are caused by boredom. This will lead to less time and energy the Board will have to extend in managing such complaints and violations. In closing a happy pet can lead to an overall happy community.  Happy...

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3 Things to look for when hiring an HOA Management Company

When hiring an HOA management company it’s important to look at the big picture. You will need to evaluate what your HOA is looking for but in general an HOA manger should have leadership skills, administration skills, communication skills and be supported by a company that offers all of these things. Operate as a Team:  When you hire an HOA management company you will be assigned a community manager.  Not only do you have just this one person though you will have access to others within the company who can help and answer questions in a timely manner.  When you hire FCS Community Management you have a whole team available to help even if your manager is not available.  From our friendly customer service to our accounting department our staff is trained to be familiar with the operations of your HOA and is able to give relevant resources. Designations and Certifications:  Here at FCS Community Management we are Utah’s only Accredited Association company.  In an industry where the laws are ever-changing it is important that your HOA Management company keep current on their certifications, this means they have been properly trained and have reliable relationships within the industry. Good Vibes: Don’t underestimate the importance of a positive company culture.  You should visit the management companies social media sites and get an idea of who and what you are dealing with.  When it comes to your manager’s personality they should be a good fit for your HOA, they should be assertive when needed and willing to take a stand on your behalf all while being tactful.  When selecting a company it is a very personal business and while companies are larger and more efficient it is also important to keep it personal.  Finding the balance is key. If your HOA would like to learn more please submit a proposal...

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Snow Removal Reminders

Thank you to everyone for your patience today with the Wasatch Front’s biggest snow storm in three years. Just a reminder that your community’s snow removal vendor cannot remove the snow from each community first. Most contracts call for the snow removal vendor to rotate the order they service their routes. However, priority is generally given to steep drives and communities with older residents. All snow removal vendors have communicated they will be working throughout tonight to provide additional removal, spread salt/ice melt and clear new snow. If you believe your community has been missed please call our office and listen to the prompts to reach the on-call maintenance...

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Why is My HOA Losing Money? (Delinquent Assessments)

Click the link for a great blog post about delinquent assessments by Utah HOA attorney John Richards of Ball Janik. http://johnrichardshoalawblog.com/2015/09/15/why-is-my-hoa-losing-money-delinquent-assessments/ To learn why FCS Community Management clients have the lowest delinquency rates in Utah contact CEO Michael Johnson – http://www.hoaliving.com/contact/request-a-proposal/.

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