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DonW7
(South Carolina)

Posts:2


08/09/2019 11:21 AM  
Using commercial contractors for general maintenance work is expensive. We are looking at the possibility of having our own maintenance staff on-site for general, non technical work similar to apartment complexes. Anyone have experience with this approach?
CathyA3
(Ohio)

Posts:338


08/09/2019 2:38 PM  
Are you self-managed or do you employee a property manager? Are you in a condo community or HOA with single family homes? What size is your community, and what sorts of amenities do you have?

Are you thinking of a 40 hours-per-week job, or part time? Will you be purchasing the necessary supplies and equipment, or do you expect the person to bring his own?

This sort of arrangement can work well, or it can be a big mistake - I'm trying to see if there is anything in your community or plans that suggests it would be the latter.
SheliaH
(Indiana)

Posts:2621


08/09/2019 5:16 PM  
When I was on the board, we had a handyman who stopped by a few days a week and did minor work he'd get a list from our property manager. That could be an option

You also need to group tasks together and send people out to do several tasks at once, as well as check if all this stuff truly is the association 's responsibility. If not, you need to hold the homeowner liable.

Finally set some priorities. Sometimes you'll find some things need to be done sooner than later, especially if safety is a factor. Perhaps some of these tasks can be done at a later time.

Oh, wait, a final final - take a long hard look at your budget - are you sure your assessments are keeping up with inflation? Maybe an adjustment is in order.
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