By now, most people should understand the state of the housing market. Home prices soared to record price levels in the early 2000s, and people were quick to flip their homes. When the bubble burst, many people were left with homes that were worth much less than what they paid for them. Consequently, people now recognize that it makes more sense to stay in their homes longer, and perform regular maintenance on the property and the surrounding community. Doing so will keep property values higher in this shaky market. Usually home owners association boards are responsible for making sure that the community is well kept, but they sometimes feel overburdened; especially if the neighborhood, apartment complex, or high-rise that they oversee is quite large. These associations then turn to community management companies to effectively manage these properties at affordable rates. Yet, if a board has never dealt with one of these firms before, they probably will not know how to find a reputable group to work with. The rest of this article will provide some tips for finding the HOA management group that will meet your association's needs.
One great quality to assess for community management companies is their company history. Maintaining a neighborhood is a continuous process, so once a board finds a firm that does a good job, they are likely to commit to that firm for a very long time. Similarly, if an association is not satisfied with the job that the HOA management group is doing, they will move quickly to replace them. How can one find out what past and current clients think of a community management company?
These days, the best way to find out what past and present clients think of a company is to peruse their social networking pages. On an organization's Facebook page, they might post pictures, notes, and status updates that show their employees in action. This will provide an association with an idea of how employees do their job, and will add more credibility for the organization. Additionally, the nice thing about Facebook is that clients can post about good and bad experiences they have had with these service providers. This will save an association the trouble of having to ask for references. A Twitter profile page can work in much the same way. Those groups that post frequent tweets about what they are doing in various communities will give potential clients a better idea of how the company operates. Additionally, one will be able to see if others have mentioned the company in their tweets, providing more insight on whether people are talking about the organization, and whether what they have to say is good or bad. One should even check to see if the firm has a YouTube account, as some will use this platform to post promotional videos explaining what they do, demo videos that show off some of the programs they make available to clients for administrative purposes, and possibly videos of the company's employees in action.