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  • Writer's pictureJosé R. Hernández

5 Signs Your HOA Might Need a New Community Management Company

Ensuring the well-being and efficiency of a Homeowners Association (HOA) is no small feat. Often, the first line of defense in maintaining a stellar community is the community management company you've partnered with. However, stewards of the neighborhood, like you, might find themselves questioning whether to stick with the status quo or pivot to a new management company. Here are five telltale signs that your HOA might need to reconsider its community management.



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1. Lack of Communication

HOAs thrive on open, consistent, and transparent communication between the management company and its residents. When lines of communication start to falter, it's a sign something is amiss. If you've noticed infrequent updates on important matters, such as rule changes, scheduled maintenance, or financial reports, your HOA might not be getting the attention it deserves.

  • Infrequent Notices: Do you go months without hearing from your management company? Important updates should be shared promptly.

  • Unclear Channels: Are there established channels for residents to reach the management? Confusion here can lead to a breakdown in communication and an inability to address concerns effectively.

Good communication is a two-way street, and if the management company isn't engaging with HOA members regularly, it could be time to find one that does.


2. Poor Maintenance

One of the core functions of an HOA management company is ensuring that the community's maintenance is up to par. A noticeable decline in the upkeep of your neighborhood is not only aesthetically unpleasing but can also affect property values and resident satisfaction.

  • Lack of Landscaping: Overgrown lawns, unkempt common areas, and neglected facilities indicate that the management company is not fulfilling its maintenance obligations.

  • Delayed Repairs: From filling potholes to repairing communal amenities, if issues persist after they've been reported, your management company may not be operating with the community's best interests in mind.

Remember, your HOA fees should provide you with a well-maintained living environment; if this isn't the case, a change might be necessary.


3. Financial Transparency

HOA members should clearly understand where their dues are going and how they are being used. If the financial management of your community starts to become murky, it can lead to a loss of trust in the management company.

  • Budgeting Issues: Is the budgeting process opaque, or do you feel out of the loop when it comes to your community's financial planning?

  • Unclear Statements: Financial statements should be readily available and easy to understand. If you find them convoluted or vague, it could be a red flag.

In the realm of HOA management, financial transparency is crucial. If your current provider can't meet this need, another might do the job more diligently.


4. Inadequate Services

Your management company should be the chief problem solver regarding community needs and expectations. If your HOA constantly has unmet needs or finds that the management company fails to address concerns, it might be time to look elsewhere for better service.

  • Common Request Backlog: Are routine resident requests taking too long to get resolved, if at all?

  • Failure to Anticipate: Community management should be proactive in addressing potential issues. If they're reactive instead, the community could suffer.

A proactive management company anticipates needs before they become problems, ensuring a smooth and pleasant community experience. Ensure you're receiving the level of service you deserve.


5. Lack of Member Satisfaction

This sign is perhaps the most straightforward: unhappy property owners. An increasing number of complaints and a noticeable decline in the neighborhood's atmosphere can be attributed to a community management company that's not hitting the mark.

  • Rising Discontent: Are more and more residents expressing dissatisfaction through formal complaints or other means?

  • Engagement Drop: A lack of community programs, member events, or social engagement initiatives can reduce community spirit and, subsequently, satisfaction.

Your HOA's purpose is to foster a sense of community, and if the current management company isn't helping to make that a reality, it's time to consider your options.


Conclusion

Finding the right community management company is akin to choosing the right partner; it requires mutual trust, effective communication, and a shared vision for the future. If you can identify with any of the signs listed above, it might be time to start evaluating new management companies. Prioritize clear, professional, and goal-oriented managers who value the community's best interests as much as you do. Remember, the success and satisfaction of your HOA are everyone's responsibility, and that begins with the management company at its helm. Take proactive steps to ensure your community thrives.


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At Don Asher Management, we've proudly served the Central Florida community for over 70 years. As a locally-owned company with a strong understanding of the local market, we've cultivated substantial relationships with local and national contractors to provide top-quality services. We're dedicated to meeting your Property and HOA management needs with a personalized touch, combining our decades of experience and commitment to detail for unmatched service. We're confident in our ability to deliver exceptional services tailored just for you. Choose Don Asher Management - where personalized attention meets professional service.

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