Top 10 Ways to Drive UP Homeowner Engagement in Your Community Association
Why do people choose a community association such as a condo, townhome or homeowner association? Is it because they want a maintenance-free living experience and chances to meet and mingle with neighbors?
Or, are they looking to feud with people about noise issues such as barking dogs, revving motorcycles and upstairs neighbors walking in high heels on hardwood floors at 5am?
No matter the motivation to buy into community associations, which now number over 338,000 in the U.S., a bigger issue emerges: how to get homeowners engaged in association administration and operation, as well as involved in beneficial relationships with other association homeowners. Today so many people seek attention and connections through social media. Wouldn’t it also make sense to relate in person with people who live right next door?
Unfortunately, the current reality is that most homeowners don’t want to be concerned with association matters, nor do they want to serve on the board. If they have served, they want nothing else to do with it. Other homeowners might have once attended a board meeting and decided never to do it again because they saw only a dysfunctional mess. People yelled and complained, few decisions were made and little action was taken.
It begs the question: What can we do about this state of affairs? Do we simply accept it as all community living now has to offer? Or do we proactively reshape community-association living to build greater expectations?
I believe we should take bold steps toward improvement. Here are my suggestions for creating a new, higher standard for community living:
Don’t settle for status-quo community living – strive for great community living. Whether you’re a board member, a vendor, a property manager or a homeowner who might volunteer for the association, commit to making a difference. Together, we can reshape and redefine community living.
Salvatore J. Sciacca aka “Condoboss” is the nation’s leading expert in the community property management industry and is also recognized for his stress relieving blogs and insight on personal and organizational transformation.
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 and an amateur chef.
Salvatore can be reached at: 312.455.0107 x102 or at [email protected].