In the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, author Robert M. Pirsig writes about the “romantic” and the “classical” approach to motorcycle maintenance. The romantic approach involves living in the moment and essentially boils down to the following adage: “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. On the other hand, the classical approach involves applying rational analysis that translates to taking a very proactive and structured methodology in the maintenance of the motorcycle.
Let’s now apply this to the world of community association living and see 10 examples of the pros and cons of each approach. Although these examples are not actual property specific examples, they are based on real world scenarios that closely match the examples given below.
Much can be learned from the mistakes of others. Hopefully your association does not have to experience any of the situations outlined above. Ina any case, you should consider the benefits and actual cost savings of not having emergency repairs. The questions being asked is should your association take a proactive approach to community association capital improvements and maintenance, or should the approach be “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”? It is all a matter of prospective and how “Zen” like the board and homeowners want to live within the community.