Anyone who has tried to get a small job done, schedule anything for their home, or even just get a quote knows it can be almost impossible. Homeowners want the expert advice and team to get things done at their fingertips. They don’t have the time to filter through lists, educate themselves on the right way to do things, or wait for people to call them back. They just want to know it is being done right, at a fair price and that there is actual accountability behind the work done for them.
Three years ago, Gabri (along with her dog Owen) decided it was time to plant some roots and buy a home. This was her first home purchase, so she did not really know where to start, how it all works, who to ask for what, and just what was involved with becoming a homeowner. This is where Housequarters came in.
In many ways associations like condo trusts, or homeowner associations (HOAs) make it easier to get collective efficiency for joint owners of a property, and help ensure its proper maintenance and protection for all. However for many associations, particularly self-managed ones, it can be challenging to effectively distribute the workload of running such an association. This is where the services of a proper management company come in. Not all property and condo management firms are alike, and have different strengths and weaknesses with some being more ideally suited for specific applications. On whole there are a few things we recommend looking out for when it comes to a manager for your condo, or homeowner association (HOA).
Not to long ago, our team went through the EPA Lead-Safe Renovator training program, so we make sure we keep ourselves and your family safe when working in situations where there may be lead paint. One of the questions that came up as part of this was what do the letters and numbers you see on dust masks actually mean? The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is who came up with these ratings, and they actually mean something. We thought we would share some of that wisdom.
We often hear that people “just want a new bathroom” or “Just need a new deck” and want to take on this smaller project, because it is what they can afford right now. Breaking your renovations into smaller, manageable pieces is great, but to do it effectively, homeowners should really think about how it connects with potential future renovations or improvements for the whole home and property at large. Here are a few tips to consider before starting that small renovation.
It’s easy to search the internet for names of home professionals (contractors, real estate brokers, insurance professionals, mortgages, lawyers and more) but then comes the time consuming task of trying to figure out if they are any good. You check reviews, you call friends, you try lead-generation sites, you make lots of calls and even try to find the few pros who will actually engage via email. And then you start to ask yourself…is homeownership really worth all this? Is my valuable time worth all this effort? We agree. That is why Housequarters offers Smarter Homeownership that any house and condo owner can use.