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Is Your Snow Plow Contract Ready for Winter?

HOA management owes the community it oversees safe surroundings, and when it comes to winter, that starts with a good snow plow contract.

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Home Color Restrictions in an HOA: How to Do Them Right

A home’s exterior is a reflection of its owner’s personal sense of style. When it comes to HOA communities, however, that very same exterior also impacts the community vibe as a whole. This is why many HOA management boards opt for limitations on what residents can and can’t do to their homes.

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Are Your HOA Exteriors Ready for Snow?

As November winds down and December takes the spotlight, it’s a near surety that Minnesotan neighborhoods will have snow on the ground by now. Though it’s lovely to have such weather for the holidays, in the final few weeks before snow cover truly sets in, it’s critical that your HOA make sure all its last-minute prepwork is in check. Otherwise, you’ll face the less-than-lovely sides of snow—the multitude of which we are sure you’re aware of.

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Are Cluster Mailboxes a Good Idea for Your HOA?

Located in a central part of the neighborhood, they are made up of many lockable compartments and stand in for individual mailboxes at a home’s driveway. They may be large and imposing, but they allow postal workers to deliver mail in a snap with a universal key, and they do eliminate the possibility of mailbox damage from snow plows. Plus, they prevent packages from being stolen off of porches!

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Three Services an Attorney Offers for Your HOA

HOA management board members are often required to be experts in many things—finances, conflict resolution, you name it—but one area often eludes mastery without formal schooling: HOA law. You don’t need to have watched crime dramas to know that law is a complex, multifaceted world filled with loopholes. It practically requires mastery in order to even understand it!

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Should Your HOA Regulate Holiday Decorations?

As the winter holiday season rolls around once more, it’s only normal that residents in your neighborhood will begin to decorate. And while these decorations can be a heartwarming display of community unity, they can also cause quite few problems for your neighborhood in terms of violating community standards. Given that some decorations also are tied to spiritual beliefs, though, where does your HOA draw the line, if at all?

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How to Stay on Top of Finances in Your HOA

HOA management board members wear a lot of hats. One day, you might be an event planner, the next making regulatory decisions, the day after that interpreting the CC&Rs. And though the treasurer might be the primary person handling finances, at some point or another it’s probably a facet of running a neighborhood that all board members will take a turn with.

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How to Keep Your Community Members Safe from Falling on the Ice

HOA management has influence over many things, but the weather isn’t one of them. Regardless, communities using property management services deserve safety.

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Your HOA’s Roads and you: How to Keep Them Looking Good

The stuff that connects point A to point B in your HOA—it’s not often as thought about as, say, landscaping, but roads are nonetheless an important part of keeping your community looking amazing. Not to mention that doing so is a health concern; cracked paths and, yes, even the ubiquitous Minnesotan menace, the pothole, can do some serious damage to vehicles if left unchecked.

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What to Know Before Opening an HOA Dog Park

In an age where pets are more important to people than ever—just look at how many have their own social media accounts!—it’s only natural that your HOA would want to be known as overtly dog friendly. What better way to do that than investing some money into opening an HOA dog park? Not only is it a great PR move, residents will love the chance to sit back and relax while their beloved pet works out some energy.

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