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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...

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FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals. If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.   Be Extra Careful With Sparklers Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass. Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.   Take Necessary Precautions Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances   Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it. Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly. If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. – See more at:...

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Yard of the Month

FCS Community Management presents a new monthly contest – YARD of the MONTH. Homeowners can upload a photo monthly of their yard or outdoor space in an FCS managed community to our Facebook page. Entries will be available for votes until the 20th of each month so encourage your friends and family to vote for your photo! The entry with the most votes wins a $200 Home Improvement Gift Card, a sign and bragging rights for YARD of the MONTH! Contest rules and regulations: From the 1st – 10th, homeowners upload a photo of their yard or outdoor space to the FCS Facebook page. Eligible entries will be from the 1st through the 10th. Voting from the 11th – 20th. Homeowners of townhomes and condos are eligible to enter with pictures of allowed pots, plants and decorations. *All community specific rules & regulations must be followed. Photos should show the homeowners efforts to beautify the space, creativity and work in the space. Homeowners or voters will be required to be a fan of the FCS Community Management Facebook page to enter or vote. Fans can vote once per day. Winners will be announced on the 21st of each month. Winners will also be awarded a YARD of the MONTH sign to display in their yard (space). Winning entries will be verified before prizes are awarded. If a winning entry is unable to be verified, prize will be given to the next highest entry. Homeowners are eligible to win once per year Management reserves all rights Best of luck to all of the contestants! If you are interested in entering or voting in this contest, please visit our Facebook page for further details. If you have any questions, please contact suzannep@hoaliving.com...

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FHA May Bring Back “Spot” Condo Loans

Our condominium clients have struggled with the multitude of regulation changes in the past several years in regards to FHA Certification. FCS Community Management – Utah’s Only Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) – is a proud member of the Community Associations Institute (www.caionline.org) which lobbies on behalf of our industry on a daily basis for common sense policies and practices. Contributor Ken Harney posted this article today – http://www.inman.com/2014/04/08/fha-facing-political-pressure-to-bring-back-spot-condo-loans/....

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AAMC® – What Does it Mean?

The AAMC® is an accreditation awarded to management companies who have advanced training and demonstrated commitment to the industry. Gaining trust and credibility is essential for a successful company. Pursing an Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC®) accreditation can help companies build these qualities. With this behind a company’s name, it demonstrates the commitment to providing every service community associations desire. An AAMC® ensures that their staff is skilled and with experiences to help communities succeed. Requirements to obtain this designation include: Minimum of 3 years experience providing management services to community associations A Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designee as the company’s senior manager A staff of which 50% of managers hold a professional designation (CMCA, AMS or PCAM) Maintain fidelity, general liability and worker’s compensation insurance in addition to meeting federal, state, and local laws Comply with the CAI Professional Manager Code of Ethics Renew designation every three years – all designated staff members must have a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education every two years Here at FCS, we are proud to be Utah’s only Accredited Association Management Company. And as such, we have demonstrated our commitment to providing the unique and diverse services community associations need. Our AAMC® designation ensures that our staff has the skills, experience, and integrity to help communities...

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