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4 Important Points for CID Managers and Leaders to Keep in Mind About SB721

4 Important Points for CID Managers and Leaders to Keep in Mind About SB721

Now we know the fate of California Senate Bill 721 (SB721), many homeowners’ associations are celebrating the fact that they dodged a bullet and can go on with business as usual. The argument that seemed to win the day with the legislature was that the […]

Updated – 7 Tips to Prepare Your Facilities for Rain

Updated – 7 Tips to Prepare Your Facilities for Rain

After one of the driest seasons on record,  it is finally raining in Southern California. While rain is much needed, steps must be taken to prepare your facilities before the rain gets inside them.   1. Roofs Inspect your roofs to make sure that all […]

You Get What You Pay For (and other hard truths)

You Get What You Pay For (and other hard truths)

One of the challenges that my team and I find ourselves confronted with regularly is when a prospective client, or even a current client, gets frustrated because they come to us with an assessment or scope of work for a project which we review and […]

You know what they say about assumptions…

You know what they say about assumptions…

Nearly everyone has heard the cliché that to assume “makes an ass out of you and me”. Today I want to talk to you about a major assumption that is built into every reserve study, capital expense budget, and facilities operation plan. The assumption is […]

The Coming Tidal Wave

The Coming Tidal Wave

I live in San Diego. Many roads I travel on have Tsunami Evacuation Route signs on them, and many locations in California have signs posted warning that you are in a Tsunami zone. This article is your warning sign, because there is a “tidal wave” […]

Shut-off Valves – Use them or Lose them

Shut-off Valves – Use them or Lose them

Do you know where your shut-off valves are located?  And when you find them, will they actually work? When you get a phone call at 11:30pm informing you that water is gushing out of a broken irrigation head and flooding the adjacent building, do you […]

Smoke Signals: Smoke & CO Detectors Save Lives

Smoke Signals: Smoke & CO Detectors Save Lives

Do you remember back when you were in elementary school; October would roll around and because it was fire prevention month you might have had a field trip to the local fire station or had a fire engine come to your school. The firefighters would […]

HVAC – An Ounce of prevention

HVAC – An Ounce of prevention

It is a bitterly cold November day in San Diego, with a high of roughly 70 as I sit here writing this. Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems may seem like a strange topic for me to write on, this being sunny San Diego […]

The Cost of Doing Nothing

The Cost of Doing Nothing

    I saw this timely article today from Energy Upgrade California: http://sdmultifamilyeuc.com/2015/09/15/early-replacement-vs-scheduled-maintenance/ The highlights are copied below: Oftentimes, financing early replacement of equipment, coupled with incentives now, may prove to be more cost-effective than waiting until a scheduled replacement of equipment or measures. Consider […]

6 Tips on Maintenance of Exclusive Use Common Areas for HOAs

6 Tips on Maintenance of Exclusive Use Common Areas for HOAs

On January 1, 2017 California Civil Code §4775 will change in part to read as follows: Unless otherwise provided in the declaration of a common interest development, the owner of each separate interest is responsible for maintaining the exclusive use common area appurtenant to that […]