Top 10 Reasons Why Homeowners Should Attend Board Meetings. A Primer for board members, homeowners and community property management professionals.
By Salvatore J. Sciacca – Chicago Property Services. www.chicagopropertyservices.com, 312.455.0107 x102
Are you a homeowner and are you part of a condo association, townhome association or HOA? What is your desired community living experience given that you are part of an association? Are you looking to maximize your living experience within the community or are you simply satisfied with homeownership and are not looking to get involved within the community? More likely than not, you are looking to maximize the benefits of living within a community. As a result, it is important to know the best ways to accomplish your community living goals. Community living has many perks if you know the secrets to maximizing the benefits.
Virtual Board Meetings
So how do you maximize the benefits? One of the most important ways to ensure benefit is to attend the board meetings. Yes, I know. This is asking a lot especially in today’s busy world. You probably are thinking that you have many more important things to do other than attend association board meetings. But I can assure you that the time investment required is well worth it. These days, the board meetings are probably held virtually via an online conferencing tool such as WebEx, Gotomeeting or Zoom. Over the next several months, the board meetings will probably start to take place in person as the State of Illinois is in Phase IV and hopefully continues toward Phase V and further loosening of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Ironically, most people do not attend board meetings. Some homeowners attend board meetings at first but then stop attending. Others attend board meetings only if the board is proposing to increase the assessments or have a complaint to share with the board. While others do not attend because they are too busy. Another group of homeowners probably do not attend the meetings because they do not feel that attending the board meetings is a productive use of their time. Regardless of the reasons why homeowners attend or don’t attend board meetings, it is important to note that the highly effective and efficient board meetings are the most important element of a functioning community association. As a result, I would like to share the top 10 reasons as to why homeowners should attend the board meetings:
Why should you attend the board meetings? Is it to file complaints about noisy neighbors? Or to complain about the rising assessments? The initial reaction from most owners is to avoid them and deal with community association maters only when necessary. Although this might seem like a fair and logical approach, the opposite is true. Attend the board meetings, get to know your neighbors, board members and management staff and reap the rewards. It is a great investment and a guaranteed payback.