September 28, 2016 Homeowner Tips
Today we celebrate good neighbors! September 28th was made an official holiday in 1978 and is celebrated by communities around the country. Crummack Huseby knows how valuable a good neighbor is, and we encourage everyone to participate in their community.
Throughout the year, Crummack Huseby community managers make the best recommendation to keep your community safe. There are some easy ways you can keep your home safe as well. It only takes seconds for a fire to spread to an entire room. It is extremely important to be prepared if one should happen in your home or apartment.
Sure, you can double lock everything, keep your lights on, and ask your neighbors to email you about any odd activity, but it’s wise to go a step further this summer. Whether it’s an act or burglary, or flooded floorboards, there is nothing more daunting than the thought of an unforeseen and unexpected property damage. And while there is no way for homeowners to avoid such misfortune altogether, there are some ways to minimize the risk
December is National Identity Theft Prevention Month. With the holidays upon us, it's not a surprise that December is the highest month for fraud and identity theft. Many thieves target those looking for seasonal work and/or who buy most of their items online.
With the holidays quickly approaching, it is time to get the house in order before friends and relatives start visiting. Here are some home and fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
Here are 8 ideas you can do from your desk to raise your heart rate, burn calories and increase blood flow. These can also be done while watching television, listening to a podcast, flipping through a magazine. Then, we'll show you a 7-minute workout if you work from home to get you to take a break.
June 10, 2014 Erin Kelly, Pacific Utility Audit, Inc. Homeowner Tips
Each summer, as temperatures increase and air-conditioning is turned on, the average residential electric bill increases accordingly. There are ways to offset those increased electric bills! Generally, every electric utility company has many residential rates available to its customers. However, it is left up to the customer to find out about these rates and request the rate change for their own account. The best resource is the utility company's website!
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets, having friends over for a barbeque and jumping in the pool -- and, oh by the way, can we use the clubhouse this Saturday afternoon for our high school reunion?
For many people summer is the best time of the year, and the fun is greatly enhanced by all the amenities of living in an association. But, summertime activities present certain hazards for the participants as well as the association. Here is a quick guide on how to manage some of these hazards in order to have the best summer possible.
With the current fires in Southern California, please be mindful of the following important information relating to fire safety:
If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Take your disaster supply kit, lock your home and choose a route away from the fire hazard. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of the fire and smoke. Tell someone when you left and where you are going. Read more for tips.
March 10, 2014 Russ Wertz, Founder CEO, Wertz & Company, LLP Homeowner Tips
The approval of the audited financial statements of your homeowners’ association (HOA) may be intimidating to you as a member of the Board of Directors, especially if you do not have a financial background that trained you in this area. However, if you keep in mind the purpose of the audit, key risk areas for an Association, and the particular areas in the financial statements on which you will focus, you should feel more comfortable while fulfilling this part of your fiduciary responsibility.
February 18, 2014 Bianca Reyes, Villa Park Landscape Homeowner Tips
On Friday, January 17 Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for California. What does this mean for homeowners in Southern California where water is already a precious commodity? In the next couple of months we will begin to see price increases as well as new restrictions being placed on our water consumption. As a landscape contractor we continuously strive to have our irrigation systems working as efficiently as possible but our reach only extends insofar as your common areas. Are you doing your part to help lower the water consumption in the landscape for your home? There are tips and tricks we use to help conserve water in your community’s common areas that can also be applied to your residence.
January 15, 2014 Patrick Prendiville, Prendiville Insurance Agency Homeowner Tips
Let’s face it. Reviewing your insurance does not rank high up on the list of pleasurable experiences. We get that. However, an insurance policy that does not cover you properly can be a considerable expense and sometimes a financial catastrophe. Add in to this equation an Association having a large or minor affect on the decision process of what to buy and there can be some confusion. Hopefully, this short list of considerations for condo unit owners, single family residence owners and landlords, will make the process easier.
October 10, 2013 Homeowner Tips
The changing of seasons is the perfect time to get your home’s systems prepared for colder temperatures. This winter, make certain that your home is ready to withstand whatever Southern California brings to keep all of your systems running as efficiently as possible.
Whether you are looking to increase your home value with the goal of putting it on the market and gaining the largest return or simply looking to update/freshen your home’s appearance, we have some tips for you to consider! We know that curb appeal not only adds to the value of individual homes, overall curb appeal in community associations help increase values overall for the community and make it more appealing to buyers; not to mention the sense of pride living in a well maintained community brings to you and your family.
Just like your board of directors look at the common areas to keep them looking fresh and relevant having duality between the board’s efforts and the homeowner’s make for a winning combination!
September 13, 2013 Karen A. Kannen, Harle, Janics & Kannen Homeowner Tips
It’s that time of year again . . . no, not Halloween, it’s time to prepare your association’s 2014 budget! This is often a challenging task for directors. Expenses increase every year, yet boards are hesitant to increase assessments to meet those expenses.
September 13, 2013 Jon Crain, Armstrong|Robitaille|Riegle Homeowner Tips
For Associations that have fiscal years that run from 1/1 to 12/31, budgets and insurance disclosures are looming around the corner. Below is some information we hope is helpful in dealing with this annual requirement.
August 13, 2013 Jon Crain, Armstrong|Robitaille|Riegle Homeowner Tips
As you may know, it has been a common suggestion for many years that associations may want to consider carrying worker’s compensation coverage. This is not necessarily to provide worker’s compensation coverage for board members or committee members. The California Labor Code 3363.7 seems to clearly indicate that volunteers of a non-profit private corporation are not considered employees.