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How to Find Dependable Vendors in Minneapolis

Repairs and maintenance are a regular part of owning or managing a property. Thus, when something needs repairs, you have to call a professional to fix it. The most challenging part of property management is finding the right company to do it for you. Identifying prototypical contractors with experience, skill, reasonable rates, and dependability can be something of a hassle.

HOA Winter Maintenance Checklist

Winter is here in Minnesota. That means preparing all of your condos and homeowner properties for the impending snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. It is vital that you protect your property and keep your residents safe throughout the entire season. You may have several items on your list already, but below are some of the most crucial projects you should undertake to manage your property.

Dealing With Problematic HOA Members

Dealing with difficult people can test your nerve in any setting. Trying to get along with a neighbor in your HOA, however, can sometimes take the challenge to the next level. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important reasons is that we take ownership of our neighborhoods. We take responsibility for them, and we count everything that goes on in an HOA personally.

4 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your HOA for 2019

When we discuss HOA planning, what we’re talking about is budgeting for 2019. If you are a board member of your HOA, you know that this can be a long, grueling process. Even if there are several men and women on your board, you may find that they have limited knowledge on how to properly budget for an HOA. Gassen property management can help you with your budgeting through our many tools and resources so that you can be ready to hit the ground running January 1st, 2019.

6 Ways Your HOA Can Be Successful

Being a board member in your HOA can be very rewarding, but it also has its challenges. Board members do not always agree, each resident has different needs and concerns, and not to mention creating and sticking to a budget isn’t always easy.

Potential Risks of Hiring your Own Vendors

When looking for reputable contractors or vendors to perform maintenance and repairs on your condo, apartment, or rental home, who do you trust to do quality work at a fair price? Contractors must perform their job according to industry standards and state and local building codes. Failure to hire certified, dependable vendors can pose health and safety risks to your tenants.

How to Screen Potential Tenants

A responsible tenant helps establish healthy business relationships with property owners and managers. You can feel confident that the rent will be paid on time and the property will be properly maintained. A lousy tenant, on the other hand, will create a stressful relationship and make you regret your decision.

How Effective Leaders Manage HOAs

Even the most gifted leaders, however, will face unique challenges when taking the helm in a homeowners association. Like any organization, however, natural born leaders will feel a sense of responsibility for the community in which they live. They’ll do what they need to take the organization from surviving to thriving.

7 Reasons to Serve on an HOA Board

As a homeowner or renter, you play a vital role in the life and health of an HOA. You are both a member of a thriving community and a beneficiary of a wide range of amenities and facilities. Therefore, you will have lots of opportunities to participate in activities and volunteer in community events.

How to Deal with the Headache of Debt Collection

One of the biggest headaches you deal with is tenants who don’t pay their rent on time or not at all. Even though your property management company has created a straightforward rent agreement and has set a system in place to ensure timely payments, some renters do not adhere to the guidelines.