Category: Building

Building
2010 Nov Feeling the Heat

Even cavemen knew that fire was dangerous—and they lived in flame-proof caves. But here in the 21st century, people blithely build roaring fires right in the middle of their furnished, wood-filled, carpeted, upholstered and bookcase-jam…

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2009 Nov Proper Analysis & Repairs Save Money

Many New Jersey HOAs were originally built with grading and drainage that for the most part pitched away from buildings, toward a roadway, rear lawn area swale, or sheet flow drainage area, ultimately collecting in a storm water retent…

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2009 Nov What Building Systems Are You Responsible For

 One of the most important things to understand as a member of a condo or HOA is  how responsibility for maintaining and repairing various building systems is  divided between individual unit owners and the association at large.    …

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2009 Nov Send Those Canada Geese Packing!

 They eat a lot and cause a mess. They overstay their welcome and can become  aggressive when challenged. No, they’re not your no-account relatives—they’re resident Canada geese.    These 12- to 15-pound birds were once migratory an…

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2009 Nov New Materials, New Possibilities

There may be a distinct charm to weathered clapboard and rustic-looking wooden siding, but from a practical perspective, that pleasing patina is really the sign of decay and deterioration. For an HOA board, it’s also the sign of major e…

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2009 Nov Keep Your Balconies Safe & Attractive

 Ever since Romeo and Juliet made them famous, balconies have been popular  additions to our homes and living spaces. For condominium and HOA communities,  balconies can add visual zest, as well as a few more feet of living space that  all…

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2008 Nov A Word About Roof Repair?

Budget time has come and gone, the area has had rain and snow, your maintenance budget has already been exhausted due to roof leaks. What do you do? You scramble to get quotes for roof replacements, have an association meeting to try to …

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2008 Nov Building From the Ground Up

Building a successful enterprise from the ground up requires dedication and commitment from dozens, if not hundreds, of people. That’s certainly the case with the creation of a new co-op or condo community, entities that are just as much…

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