Condo Media - March 2012 - (Page 24)

HOMEOWNER’S CORNER Professional Landscaping Worth the Investment aintaining common areas is one of the board’s most basic responsibilities. To fulfill that responsibility, association boards may contract with a professional landscaping company. Before signing the contract, the board should seek bids from several potential companies, carefully consider the competence and expertise of each company, check references and compare fees. While landscaping fees may seem like an added — or even unnecessary — expense to homeowners, in the long run, the additional cost is often less than the losses that an association M might face without professional help. Homeowners should consider the advantages: Professional Expertise — It takes more than a green thumb to maintain attractive and functional landscaping. Professional landscaping contractors employ staff and trained labor crews. This expertise can translate into a costeffective and successful landscape maintenance program for the community. Bulk Purchase Savings — Landscape contractors purchase plants and supplies in bulk quantities at reduced prices and can pass the savings along to the association. No Equipment to Buy — The association does not have to purchase, store, insure, maintain, or buy fuel for equipment. Improved Plant Survival — Trees, turf, shrubs and other plantings are costly. Without proper care, they don’t survive, especially immediately after installation. The landscaper may guarantee newly planted shrubs and trees, so the association doesn’t have to pay for replacing dead plants. Reduced Liability — The association’s landscape contractor should be properly insured and knowledgeable about — and in compliance with — all local and federal environmental requirements and safety regulations, which may reduce the association’s liability. Landscaping is very important to the community’s quality of life, as well as its image and value, and maintaining it can be very expensive. But failing to invest in professional landscape maintenance is a false economy since curb appeal makes neighborhoods desirable and contributes to the value of individual homes. CM Your Property Management Partner Ask about our: Online Services using our “Smart Technology” Paperless initiatives Complete Disaster Recovery System Comprehensive approach to project management World-class financial reporting AMO® and AAMC® designations “Redefining association management through innovation, painstaking attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to excellence and client satisfaction.” The Dartmouth Group 800.260.5808 24 CONDO MEDIA • MARCH 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - March 2012

Condo Media - March 2012
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Volunteer Spotlight
Vendor Spotlight
Self-Managed Association Boards
2012 CAI-NE Spring/Summer Service Directory
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Condo Media - March 2012