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
Interview with Melinda Masson, CEO Scripsense, Inc.
Mention the name Melinda Masson (bio below) and everyone knows she is an industry icon. She is the founder and CEO of The Merit Companies, which included Merit Property Management, Inc., Merit
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
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
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
Is Legionnaires’ Disease Lurking in Your Vertical Community?
If you have cooling towers at your community you might want make sure they are disease free. The Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by “legionella” bacteria, named for a 1976
El Nino or Arkstorm, What’s the Difference?
There is talk in the meteorological community about the possibility of a 100-year storm event hitting California and the West Coast. The last time that happened was in 1862 when the Great Flood of
Is Your Vertical Community Ready for El Nino?
We have a high probability of a powerful El Nino returning this fall with extreme rain, wind and flooding conditions. Whether this will be a destructive El Nino or not, is not the question. What
Reclaimed Water Restrictions
Did you know using reclaimed water for irrigation comes with some restrictions. Reclaimed or recycled water is former wastewater (sewage) that is treated to remove solids and impurities. It has
Government Regulations Increase Costs, Especially Housing Costs
Homes in San Diego California are twice as expensive as in other states because of government regulations, a recent study concluded by Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma
Our four year drought has finally shown Californians that we do not live in a tropical paradise but in a desert. We’ve got to start emulating our neighboring states (Arizona and Nevada) water
Could you live in a house that bends with the wind? Bamboo is no longer just for your eco-minded floors. Elora Hardy who lives in Bali is making “bespoke bamboo” homes that are not only
El Nino this Winter? The Real Thing or Another Dud?
If you are a skier, surfer or meteorologist you were most likely disappointed when last winters predicted El Nino never appeared. It felt like an NFL Super bowl was put on, but one of the teams
Changes to the CA Green Building Standards Code
Changes are being made to improve energy conservation in hot water delivery to plumbing fixtures, to make the installation of grab bars in bathrooms easier, and to make sure maintenance information
ProTec Announces New North San Diego County Office Location
ProTec Building Services (ProTec), the HOA industry leader in repairs, maintenance, inspections, and construction announces the opening of a new office location in Vista, CA. “With the
Spring is around the corner and that means more family trips to the community playground. Playgrounds have special maintenance requirements due to the use and abuse by children and winter rains.
EL Nino Hits Southern California’s HOAs
Floods, mudslides, and leaking roofs will ruin your Southern California winter with El Nino in full force. Drought-ridden California is dreaming of a rainy winter and an El Nino may be our answer.
Ooops I Just Spilled! How to Properly Clean Carpets
Red wine, soda and queso dip sounds like so much fun to start, but when it ends up ruining Clubhouse carpets it’s not so fun after all! Parties, meetings, hang outs, you name it, the clubhouse has
Dues Hikes, Mismanagement, and Angry Homeowners!
A good proactive maintenance program can help solve dues increases, overspending, and a HOA board inquisition! The flyer shown below is one of the countless examples of putting off maintenance to
Should Community Managers or Board Members Manage Construction, Remodeling or Renovation Projects?
You would think that no one in their right mind would want to step into a construction management role willingly, at least not without getting paid handsomely to take on that magnitude of
A Tornado-Proof Concrete House Exists: Someone Please Tell Oklahoma!
Now is the time to look beyond concrete disaster shelters and go for the whole enchilada, the concrete house. Not only has Moore, Oklahoma received 7 deadly tornado direct hits, but the state of
Beyond Timers and Photocells: Wireless Lighting Control is Here
Most managers, HOA’s and buildings use either time clocks or photocells to turn their parking lot lights, landscape lights, signage and other outdoor lights on and off. While time clocks and
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.
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)
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
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
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