There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that it is very important for community associations such as condos, townhomes or HOA’s to have good solid management companies in place. A good management company will ensure that an association plans for the future, has a high functioning board in place, adopts a clear and concise operational plan and has the right resources to address both minor and major repairs and renovations.
Those resources that resolve the minor and major issues are the subject of my article and are otherwise known as vendors. Of course, some people use different nomenclature such as “a guy working out of the back of a pickup truck”, a contractor, Joe the plumber, Vendor Numero UNO, etc. Regardless of what you call them, vendors are one of the most important behind the scenes pieces of the equation when it comes to running a smooth community association operation. So what are the qualities of a highly qualified vendor? Let’s look at the most essential qualities of a top vendors.
In summary, managers and board of directors should have an awareness of how essential it is to have reliable, accountable and reasonably priced vendors in place BEFORE the need arises for small, medium and large scale projects. This will help keep the association running smoothly, keep costs down and ensure the long term positive living environment for all the members of the community.
About the Author
Salvatore J. Sciacca aka “Condoboss” is one of the nation’s leading experts in the community property management industry and is also recognized for his stress relieving blogs and insight on personal and organizational transformation. He is also the President and Founder of Chicago Property Services, Chicago’s #1 community property management company specializing in management and operations of condos/townhomes/HOA’s of 100 units and under. Salvatore is also the founder of managmycommunity.com (MMC), which is a state-of-the-art online support portal for community associations.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Salvatore is recognized for his extensive knowledge of capital planning, preventative maintenance, cost-saving measures and community building techniques. He holds industry stature as a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), the designation of Association Management Specialist (AMS) and is fully licensed as a manager (License #: 261.001386) through the State of IL.
Salvatore has also traveled extensively around the world and has meditated with Buddhist monks in Nepal and met the world’s happiest man, Matthieu Ricard. He’s passions include cooking, traveling, meditating and hiking. He is also the founder and executive director of the Chicagoland Italian American Professionals organization.
Salvatore can be reached at: 312.455.0107 x102 or at email@example.com.