It’s officially 2018, and everyone is thinking about what they want to change for the year ahead… and your homeowners association shouldn’t be an exception! Amidst the making of resolutions and goals for yourself in the new year, take some time to meet with your HOA board and discuss resolutions for your association in 2018.
And in case you are feeling stumped, here are a few great resolutions for homeowners associations to make for the new year:
Being open about board meetings: It helps homeowners feel included when HOA boards post their meeting schedules and send reminders about meeting times. You can increase the sense of a close-knit community while encouraging involvement and openness in your association by letting members know when you’ll be making decisions and discussing community matters. And you can take this action even further by adding on time at the end of each meeting for owner input and concerns.
Increasing communication: The key to a successful association is always better communication. If you feel your association is struggling in that department, resolve to be better at it. You can set up a regular newsletter to send out to owners including a project schedule, updates about the community, and any other information that will help keep members informed before they even have to ask for your help. You can have this printed around the community as well as sent in email format.
Also, keep your association website up-to-date with all crucial items, especially if it includes a member portal. This can include meeting minutes and notes.
Unless you have a homeowners association manager, your board is in charge of all correspondence with homeowners, so it’s your responsibility to make sure they are on the same page as often as possible.
Create an emergency plan: What if your association is hit by a tornado or flood? What if there is a major power outage? Maybe you have a general idea but haven’t hammered out a detailed plan that has been shared with the community. Make 2018 your year to do so. Sit down with your board and figure out the details, then post the plan to your website and send to members by email. That includes a plan for recovery, as well. It’s so important to be prepared in the event of a disaster, and you will put everyone’s mind at ease knowing you have a plan.
Plan a few community events: Find a good time around each major holiday or season and come up with an idea to get the community together. For example, you could plan a pool party and cookout once summer rolls around. More social events get owners mingling with one another, which encourages camaraderie and decreases the amount of owner complaints and battles.
Make 2018 the year your homeowners association makes positive changes for those in the community. For more information about improving your community for the new year, contact Cedar Management Group for top-notch property management solutions!