Unforeseen Conditions and Hidden Costs of Construction Projects

Developing a Projected Cost Budget It is not surprising to know that in the initial phases of every proposed construction project, it is the first task of the Construction Manager […]

Drafting the Construction Contract for Your HOA

What Is a Construction Contract? When your property manager reports to a board that one portion or a significant element of the common area is in need of repair, the […]

When Is Contruction Really Complete?

During project closeout, many differing interests and perspectives—some of them conflicting—create a complex dynamic. Pinpointing whether or not construction is truly “over” isn’t always a simple, straightforward matter. Numerous individuals […]

11 Essential Clauses for Construction Contracts in HOAs

Board members should be aware of these key contract provisions to include in agreements between homeowners associations and contractors. These terms cover everything from liability to attorney’s fees, and give […]

Under the Surface: Hidden Issues in Construction

Published in the ECHO Journal, February 2014 Buildings are always talking to us…it just may take a “building whisperer” to hear what they are saying. Of the many things buildings […]

Getting Your HOA to “On Time and On Budget!”

An effective construction manger will display great strength through respectful and clear communication skills, will keep the HOA board informed, will create and maintain a cooperative environment, and will be […]

Maintenance – A Team Effort

Published in the ECHO Journal, April 2008 Many articles have been written over the past few years regarding different aspects of maintenance— maintenance programs, how to, where to, who to […]

Perspectives from a Building Inspector

Published in the ECHO Journal, August 2008 HOA Construction Issues In thirty years as a general contractor, a project manager and a construction manager, I have had my share of […]

The Disappearing Developer

Published in the ECHO Journal, June 2009 In today’s economy, many builders are leaving unbuilt or partially-built homes, consequently causing hardships for associations. Imagine a community of 450 lots with […]

Steps to Managing Your HOA’s Major Construction Project

Managing repair or reconstruction in your association requires frequent communication between all involved parties, an established payment schedule, and proper documentation. Learn how to keep your HOA in the loop […]