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CONDO SPRING MAINTENANCE

It’s that time of year again…spring cleaning! In most condominiums, this maintenance will fall under the owner’s responsibility: INSIDE Change the batteries on all smoke detectors, including carbon monoxide detectors. Change your HVAC filter Clean your dryer vent at least once a year Clean your exhaust fan filter under your range hood Check your water heater for any signs of corrosion, and have it repaired if necessary Look for any signs of leaks under sinks and around toilets. OUTSIDE Maintenance

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Is your condo eco friendly? Looking for an eco-friendly condo?

One sure way to know if a building is eco-friendly is whether or not it’s received: LEED CERTIFICATION (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED addresses climate change and provides a framework for healthy, resource-efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.  LEED buildings involve: Innovation-novel features and procedures Materials and resources-responsible construction waste mgt and sustainable sourcing of materials Sustainable sites-sufficient green open space and light pollution reduction Indoor Environmental quality-use of natural light and efficient air conditioning Location and transportation-land protection and access

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Common Complaints from Condo Owners

Most condominium corporations have rules, regulations and by-laws that residents must abide by.  This includes things like complaints, guest suite privileges, gym hours and visitor parking.   A board of directors may make rules respecting the use of the common elements and of units to promote the safety, security or welfare of the owners and of the property and assets of the corporation, or to prevent unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the units. Condo boards have a Duty to Enforce

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Housing Prices and Development

Canada housing prices are expected to continue to rise through 2022. More young adults leaving parents’  homes and new Canadians purchasing homes have been growing higher than usual.  The Windsor housing market is likely to continue to be a seller’s market in 2022 with expectations for an active year ahead by growing demand from move-over buyers and locals, low housing inventory and rising prices. Low inventory has been a common trend across many Ontario housing markets.  Move-up buyers in the

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What is it like to be on a Board and why you should consider joining your Condominium’s Board of Directors

A condominium board is responsible for the physical and financial well-being of the condominium corporation. They manage the day-to-day responsibilities, maintenance and repair of assets, and fiscal responsibilities of the corporation. Condo boards will hire a property management company to handle the daily operations of the corporation. This can lighten the load for busy board members, but the board of directors retains decision-making power and responsibility. Boards do not represent themselves nor the management: They represent owners and should be accountable to

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Condominium Insurance on the Rise!

The increase in rates will affect the corporation/association (property/general liability) and the individual owners (household contents, betterments/improvements and liability). Why are Condo insurance rates going up? The factors helping drive up condo insurance rates in Canada in the last number of years are compounded by the costs of climate change and the pandemic.  There has been a higher volume of claims related to more frequent severe weather events and by the surge in building material costs. Wally McNeilly, a broker

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