Interview with Karen Conlon, President and CEO of Sequoia Grove Consulting, Inc.
Karen Conlon is widely recognized as one of the key leaders that transformed California’s community management industry from an unfamiliar occupation into a professional “credentialed” career. Karen, along with a group of HOA management company owners, formed CACM in 1991 to create a “professional organization dedicated to ensuring the quality and standards of practice in […]
Unlicensed Contractors are in every community in the US
The underground economy is comprised of all the usual suspects including housekeepers, landscapers, drug dealers and of course unlicensed Handymen. This economy has almost $2 trillion (that’s a T) in volume. A 2011 paper Richard Cebula and Edgar Feige estimated that as much as “18-19 percent of total reportable income is not properly reported to the IRS.” That’s […]
Is Your Handyman an Independent Contractor or an Employee?
Do you have a Handyman working at your HOA who does work on a regular basis? Is he licensed and insured? Do you direct his work? Do you set his hours? Do you pay Federal, State and other taxes on him and his work? If not, you could one day find out that he is […]
Can the Future of Common Areas be in Farmland?
Farmland is beginning to displace golf courses in many new HOA communities across the US as the common area of choice. As the interest in local sustainable food increases, communities are jumping on the bandwagon to bring farmed food right to your backdoor! So how much will this new amenity cost the homeowners? Like HOA’s located […]
Correct Rain Gutter Cleaning
It’s October and we’re having our first rainy week here in Southern California and there will definitely be more rain this winter. It’s time for you to obtain bids for the cleaning of your HOA’s rain gutters and to perform your annual roofing maintenance inspection. By performing a regular roofing maintenance (which includes gutter/downspout cleaning) […]
Time For Annual Mechanical Equipment Service
ProTec Building Services professional facility engineers support your buildings’ systems by making sure each component stays up to date. Annual service checks to the building’s Hot Water and Cooling Tower components are required to maintain your warranties. It is important to complete the repairs as needed, our annual service program includes:
Are your Homes and Communities Prepared for Winter Rains?
If we have an El Nino or not it is imperative to take proactive measures to get the longest life out of your building components and common areas. Here are the major preventive maintenance measures to take this fall: Roofing maintenance, including gutter and downspout cleaning Paint all compromised wood and metal to protect bare […]
SB 800: Down but Not Out!
Until recently SB 800 was down for the count. Many in the building industry thought the law was going to be killed by the Liberty Mutual decision two years ago. It was there that the California Court of Appeal (in Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC) determined that California’s Right to Repair […]
Interview with David Norvell, Director of Community Relations, Pardee Homes
Can you imagine having served on more than 800 HOA Boards or having attended over 30,000 HOA meetings? Well Dave Norvell can. As a seasoned vet of the HOA and Building industries, Dave brings us a unique perspective from having worked in both industries. ProTec sat down with Dave to discuss best practices and […]