Posted on 3/16/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
If you’re a new resident in an HOA neighborhood, or your neighborhood has recently started an HOA, all the terminology thrown around can be confusing. Of course, you might know what words like “president” and “treasurer” mean outside of an HOA context, but what about the inside of it? What do these positions do? And what’s the deal with HOA boards and property management services? Don’t they essentially do the same thing? It all can feel so overwhelming.
Posted on 3/9/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota! While it can be tempting to kick back in the sun and absorb some much-needed warmth after a long, cold winter, good HOA management knows better. Chances are, if you’ve hired property management services to work with your neighborhood, they’ll be hard at work landscaping, planning, and checking over community amenities to make sure the snow and cold haven’t done too much damage. It’s a multifaceted and demanding job, but somebody has to do it, and with the help of accounting property management and online property management from a reputable company like Gassen, your board and HOA management company can tackle anything spring maintenance throws at them.
Posted on 2/24/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
As secure and well-managed as most HOAs are, they are not completely immune from financial hardship. For example, unseasonably poor weather, such as severe storms and excessive rainfall, can mean that the neighborhood amenities require repair, and that might mean drawing deep into the HOA’s finances. While it’s always for the best to have a pool of funds available for such unplanned emergencies, when hard times hit one on top of the other, it can be the case that these funds might not be enough to cover everything. When your HOA can’t make ends meet, what is a responsible board to do?
Posted on 2/17/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
You’re an HOA board member. Driven by your passion for a harmonious and successful neighborhood, you devote countless hours to unpaid, volunteer HOA management. Whether you're a treasurer or secretary or even something in between, this is no easy task. You do everything from accounting to property management to vetting contractors to effectively communicating news to your neighborhood residents—all without earning a single penny for it!
Posted on 2/10/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
Unification is just another thing that HOA’s do well. From their well-balanced street aesthetics to their devoted communities, these types of neighborhoods are well-known for the high standard of living invoked by their pursuit of order and harmony.
Posted on 2/3/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
Wondering if an HOA is right for your neighborhood? An HO management company that provides online property management weighs in.
Posted on 1/27/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
We’ve all heard the phrase “there is no I in team.” This idea, to some degree, does apply to HOA management boards. While we here at Gassen believe that board members as individuals make a huge impact on their communities, it’s the function of the board as a team that really makes HOA neighborhoods shine.
Posted on 1/13/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
Welcome to 2020! Doesn’t it feel strange to be on the other side of a decade? While it may feel a little weird, now is the perfect time to set goals—New Year’s Resolutions, of sorts—for the upcoming year for your HOA, be them long or short-term. As HOA management, we must all constantly strive to be better and to bring the best service we can to the homeowners and communities that support us, and whom we support in turn.
Posted on 1/6/2020 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
In last month’s blog, we talked in a fair bit of depth regarding preparing your HOA neighborhood for spring landscaping. While we stand by the importance of this topic, it’s not the only thing your HOA will need to prepare for in the coming months. Exterior maintenance of community amenities and homes also should be a priority for your Minnesota HOA neighborhood. Winters are hard on buildings; if left unchecked, damage wrought by the snow and ice can lead to anything from moisture damage to mold infestation.
Posted on 12/30/2019 4:00 AM By Gassen Companies
As HOA management, you want what’s best for your members. Period. However, during leaner financial years, it can be difficult to always afford top-quality services. You might, after viewing portfolios and weighing your options, think about going with an unlicensed contractor to get your HOA’s needed work done. If their work in the past hasn’t been bad, you’ll probably come out okay, right?