Property Management and Real Estate Services

Unison Property Management knows what it takes to be an exceptional property manager, but do you know what it takes to be a good condo board member?

 

Just so everyone is crystal, board members are groups of owners elected by the owners of the rental condos to oversee its affairs. They’re entrusted with the duty of retaining a property management company to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the community so everything can run smoothly. The board keeps a close watch on the maintenance and repair of assets, and fiscal responsibilities of the corporation.

 

So, let’s take a look at what excellent board members should be bringing to the table, shall we? 

 

1) Condo Board Members Must Have Good Communication
Plain and simple; clear communication plays a huge role in having a harmonious condo. More often than not, miscommunication is the root of all conflicts between board members, property managers, and even the residents. To avoid any clashes, ensure you communicate with multiple members of the board in a timely and respectful manner. Explore and set expectations early on, so as to set a standard for everyone involved in looking after the condo and corporation. A board member with good communication is sure to be off to a good start when it comes to supporting their local Calgary community! 

 

2) Condo Board Members Must Be Punctual
It may sound pretty basic, but it’s common for board meetings to be significantly delayed due to late arrivals or even no-shows. It’s easy to lose sight of meeting schedules when we’re focused on the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. However, being a board member is more like a part-time volunteer position, and should be treated with punctuality. The best way to avoid any scheduling issues or consequences for tardiness is to plan ahead, and as always, keep communication as open as possible. 

 

3) Board Members Must Be Proficient 
Organizations have a multitude of moving parts, and it’s important to educate yourself on all the ins and out’s of your condominium so you can provide as much support as possible. From the latest by-laws and regulations to best practices and new technologies, it is part of your responsibility to keep learning about the various dimensions of the condo board. 

 

4) Board Members Should Learn How To Read Financial Documents
You may not be an accountant, but take the time to read the financial statements of the organization. As a condo board member in Alberta, it’s key to have some level of understanding of the financials as they may be presented to you. It’s important to try and stay interested in the financial health of the condo. 

 

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5) Board Members Need To Participate
Being able to participate in meetings and decision-making means being well prepared. Read your board packets beforehand; review previous meeting minutes, and research issues before they’re discussed. 

 

6) Board Members Need To Maintain Confidentiality 
Keep sensitive information within the boardroom setting. Don’t divulge information to family and friends, as the information discussed is confidential and should only be the concern of other fellow board members, property managers, and residents. 

 

7) Board Members Should Be Good Delegators 
Pets, parking, maintenance, and noise can be some of the biggest complaints at condos, but keep in mind it’s not your job to try and mend these issues. The board makes the rules, but it’s the management’s job to enforce them. The ability to delegate is crucial for board members and the overall health of the condo. 

 

8) Board Members Should Work With Their Property Managers
It’s important to trust your property manager as you’re both working in the best interest of the condo. To keep communication clear and concise, some boards designate one person to directly liaise with the property manager. It’s also useful to notify your tenants to report issues in the appropriate manner by contacting the associated property management company, versus the individual property manager. 

 

Being a condo board member can be a rewarding opportunity, and opens the door to a new learning experience. You may want to join to give back to your community, or you may have your own concerns regarding the condo and you would like to have a say in its resolution. Your condo is your biggest investment, and taking the initiative to help guide its growth is commendable. Although it’s not a position that’s suited for everyone, assess your suitability and availability to see if it’s the right fit for you. 

 

At Unison Realty Group Ltd. we will find the perfect rental for you in a location that fits your needs. We’ll handle what you don’t want, and you’ll enjoy the benefits.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact us:

Phone: (403) 219-3000

Email: [email protected]

Calgary has really lucked out for this year’s fall weather! As such, we’ve taken a bit more time before we share some tips on how to prepare your Calgary property for the chilly winter months. 

 

As a homeowner, it’s important that you’re proactive when it comes to taking care of your property. Winterizing your house not only prevents damage, but it maintains your homes value in long run. Calgary Property Managers may send you a list of things you should be taking care of, or they may coordinate maintenance with their partnered vendors. Definitely take a moment to touch base with your Calgary Property Management Company to see what they’re doing to look after your biggest investment. 

 

With winter now being right around the corner, it’s time to run through the checklist below and get your Calgary rental property winterized. 

 

Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

 

1) Winterize the yard 

  • Close valves, remove the hose and professionally winterize underground sprinklers.
  • Remove leaves & weeds, mow the lawn, and clear your eaves troughs to prevent ice blockages, which may cause snow and water runoff to drain towards the foundation of your house.
  • Prepare your mower: As the mower sits through the winter, fuel remaining in its engine will decompose, “varnishing” the carburetor change your furnace filters and causing difficulty when you try to start the engine in the spring. Check your mower’s manual for cold-weather storage steps.

 

2) Change your furnace filters
Clean or change your furnace filters and humidifier filters (if you have one) so that your furnace & humidifier can work efficiently, better control dust in the home, and ideally use less gas to heat the home.

 

3) Check your smoke detectors
Change the batteries (if not hardwired) and test your smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors to see if they are working properly. If they do not work, or if you are lacking one, you should contact your Calgary Property Management Company.

 

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4) Air Conditioners
If you have air conditioning, it might be a good idea to turn off the breaker on your electrical panel so it is not accidentally started in winter, plus cover your AC unit outside if you have the proper coverage.

 

5) Ice in your windowsills 

If you find you have ice building up on your window sills this winter, adjust your humidifier to a lower % setting, raise your blinds 3” – 4” so that there’s better airflow, and be sure to run bathroom fans for at least 30 minutes after all showers and baths.

 

Although winterizing your property may not feel like the most enticing activity for your weekend plans, it’ll definitely save you dollars in repairs, and the head ache of managing any damages during a cold snap. If managing your property is taking too much time away from your schedule, or you need extra vetting for reliable tenants, call Unison Property Management today and connect with our team. 

 

At Unison Realty Group Ltd. we will find the perfect rental for you in a location that fits your needs. We’ll handle what you don’t want, and you’ll enjoy the benefits.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact us:

Phone: (403) 219-3000

Email: [email protected]

Calgary’s rental market can change from year to year.

 

However, well-experienced property management companies and their managers are up to date with the very latest. Wondering when the best time is to rent out your home is a common question amongst many owners. There isn’t always a straight across answer and can have various factors that you need to keep in mind.

 

Here is what can determine the timing of your listing. 

 

Three Factors That Determine The Best Time to List Your Rental Property In Calgary

 

1) Number of Listings: 

The number of listings in your area will have an impact on the best months to rent your Calgary property. According to rentfater.ca, when there are a higher number of listings, it’s typically an indication of more people looking to rent. For example, moving in the spring and summer months to avoid the cold weather, settle in before the school year starts, and also avoid holiday seasons. As a result, owners will typically rent their homes within these cycles of transition. If you are working with a property management company, they’ll have the latest information on the current rental market, and guide you through the most favourable options. 

 

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2) Average Price:
Check out the other rental properties in your area to get an idea of the rent you can charge. With a local Calgary property management company, they’ll take the time to determine if there have been any rent increases, decreases, or incentives to determine the best fair market rent for your condo or home. Wondering how much rent you should charge for your home? Read our guide here!

 

3) Peak Rental Season 

Once spring comes around, renters start looking for a fresh start and change of scenery. With this in mind, consider having your Calgary rental property ad up well in time for when people start making decisions. Typically, you should start the search for your new tenant 60 days prior to their lease ending, unless they have plans to renew. This gives you plenty of time to plan ahead and be proactive.

 

(Are you a renter looking for a new start in life? At Unison, we can help you. Read our guide here)

 

Managing your property and understand when is the best time to list your rental can be overwhelming and stressful. However, hiring a property management company gives you access to insider information, and up-to-date data on the best time to rent your property. 

 

At Unison Realty Group Ltd. we will find the perfect rental for you in a location that fits your needs. We’ll handle what you don’t want, and you’ll enjoy the benefits.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact us:

Phone: (403) 219-3000

Email: [email protected]