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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 outbreak following an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. This bacterium multiplies in warm water and that is why its outbreaks usually occur […]
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 1862 hit California, Oregon and Washington causing millions in property damage and many deaths. What is the cause of this talk? […]
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 is important is that mid/high-rise community managers prepare your building(s) proactively for emergency storm conditions. Problems and issues can increase […]