HOMEOWNER RESOURCES

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What to Know Before You Buy in a Community Association
By: Community Associations Institute
There are many advantages to purchasing property in a community association. Nevertheless, communities often face complicated issues, such as the challenge of balancing the best interests of the community as a whole with the preferences of individual residents. Issues can arise due to unrealistic expectations, misinformation, and misunderstanding. Click here to read more.
Spring Lawn Care Tips
Spring Lawn Care & Maintenance Tips
By: Southern Property Management.
Spring time means growth and rejuvenation. To start off your warm-season grass growing season right, and to set up your yard for success in the coming year, don't forget these three important tasks that should be on your Lawn Care To Do List. Click here to read more.
Outdoor Grilling Safety in Multi-Family Communities
By: Community Association Underwriters of America
One of the most enjoyable Summer past-times is cooking outdoors with friends and family. However, residents is multi-family housing must take special safety precautions to ensure everyone's safety. Use the tips in this guide to help prevent a relaxing evening outdoors from turning into a fiery tragedy for you and your community. Click here to read more.
Rights and Responsibilities
Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities
By: Community Associations Institute
Perhaps the greatest achievement for any association is creating and sustaining a sense of community among residents and leaders. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents, and association leaders recognize and embrace their rights and responsibilities. Click here to read more.
Bermuda Calendar
Bermuda Grass Calendar
By: Walter Reeves
Written by Walter Reeves, one of the most well-respected gardening gurus in the Southeast, this Bermuda Grass Calendar provides a quick reference sheet for monthly Bermuda grass maintenance. Click here to read more.
Bermuda Grass Cultivation
By: Walter Reeves
This article is written by Walter Reeves, one of the most well-respected gardening gurus in the Southeast. In it, he discusses Bermuda grass, which thrives in hot weather and full sun, but performs poorly in shade. It spreads rapidly and requires frequent mowing for best appearance. Bermuda grass also exhibits excellent drought resistance. Click here to read more.
Monthly Guide to Bermuda Grass
By: Clemson University Cooperative Extension
This calendar of suggested management practices is designed to be a general guide in the care of your Bermuda grass lawn. It contains topics such as irrigation, weed control, fertilization, thatch removal, and more broken down by season. Click here to read more.
No Need for Boxing Gloves!
Avoiding Fight Night - Community Boards vs. Homeowners
By: Neal Bach, CPA on www.bjmco.com/boards-vs-homeowners/
The basic goal of effectively operating the business of the community means that board members have to collect money from neighbors and tell them what they can and can't do. This creates an inherent conflict that can escalate quickly. Click here to read more.
The Worst?
The Worst Volunteer Position in America?
By: Raymond Dickey, HuffPost Home
HOA Board members often spend hours of their own time serving their communities. Yet often this group of unpaid volunteers, numbering in the millions who are not only unappreciated, but many times hated by those they help. It could be argued that they are the most despised volunteers in America. Click here to read more.
Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Insurance
By: Financial Planner Ellen Derrick on www.foxbusiness.com
When it comes to protecting your home, it’s not just about safeguarding against structural damage or theft—it’s just as much about feeling secure in where you live. If disaster strikes, your focus should be on reclaiming your sense of stability. Here are the top 11 things you should know about Homeowner's Insurance. Click here to read more.
 
Grill Safety
Grill Safety Tips
By: The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)
Each year about 30 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container. When firing up your grills this summer, utilize these tips from the US CPSC to help you barbecue safely whether you use gas or charcoal. Click here to read more.
No Crabgrass Allowed
Fighting Crab Grass
By: Agropro Lawn Care Specialists
This very common turfgrass invader can seriously detract from the beauty and health of your lawn if left untreated. With proper treatments and good lawn care habits, though, crabgrass can be kept under control. The trick is to take care of the problem before the seeds get a chance to sprout. Click here to read more.
Curb Appeal Dollars and Cents
By: www.houselogic.com
Gorgeous landscaping for your home means more than just looks. Good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house, and cut its time on the market 10% to 15%. That’s why homeowners associations often have exacting rules about landscaping. Click here to read more.
Garden Design: A Guide to Curb Appeal
By: csmonitor.com
Each day, your front garden welcomes friends and family, as well as those passing by on foot
and in vehicles.It's not difficult to improve your home's curb appeal so it pleasantly welcomes visitors all year long. This is a desirable notion since, as the old adage goes, you don’t have a second chance to make a good first impression. Click here to read more.
Amp Up Curb Appeal
By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey in Realtor Magazine
Buyers are quick to judge a home by what they see on the outside.While most real estate professionals advise their clients to tend to the yard work, trim the trees, and put out a new welcome mat, they may miss other opportunities to help sellers improve a home’s curb appeal. Staging and real estate professionals offer some compelling ideas for sprucing up exteriors. Click here to read more.
Perennials in Every Color of the Crayon Box
By: Landlordstation.com
Perennials are a great way to amp up your curb appeal and infuse some needed color in your yard. Take it to the next level by color coordinating the color of your perennials with the color scheme of your home and/or other landscaping. Use this guide to find a perennial in the color you need. Click here to read more.
Indoor Water Conservation
By: www.auduboninternational.com
Did you know that you can reduce your water consumption by 20-40 percent without purchasing expensive equipment? Reducing water use can mean substantial savings on water, sewage and energy bills. The following article has great suggestions will help you get in the habit of saving water. Click here to read more.
Don't Waste Water!
Outdoor Water Conservation
By: www.auduboninternational.com
When it comes to the outdoors, most families like to use a lot of water – for the lawn, the garden, and even washing the car. Learning to use less water outside makes a big impact on your bills. By taking simple steps to conserve water you can save tens of thousands of gallons each year. Click here to read more.
Prepare Your Fireplace for the Winter Season
By: Napoleon Fireplaces
With temperatures dropping, now’s a great time to prepare your wood burning or gas fireplace for the fall. Most of the simple inspections and cleaning can be done by the average homeowner. This article has tips whether you have a wood-burning or gas-burning fireplace. Click here to read more.
Caring for Your Plumbing System
By:www.houselogic.com
You probably don’t think much about the network of water and sewer pipes inside your walls that deliver your hot and cold water, and eliminate your waste, on demand. But giving your plumbing a little regular attention can prolong its life, prevent leaks, and avoid costly repairs. Here’s how to care for the pipes in your house. Click here to read more.
Inspecting Your Roof to Get Ahead of Problems
By: www.homelogic.com
Your roof takes care of you — return the favor with a yearly inspection that’ll stop moisture damage and head off expensive repairs. A roof inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs that’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Add a once-a-year reminder on your calendar to go out on a warm day and fix any problems you find. Click here to read more.
What To Do if Your Pipes Freeze or Break?
By: City of Keene, New Hampshire
If you turn on a faucet and get no water, your pipes may be frozen. If your pipes freeze, there are some procedures that you can follow to thaw them. The sooner the problem is recognized, the better chance that damage will be minimized. Click here to read more.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
By: Institute for Business and Home Safety
When water freezes, it expands. That's why a can of soda explodes if it's put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results. Click here to read more.
Frozen Pipes in Southern Climates
By: Institute for Business and Home Safety
The South is well-known for many great things, but one of them is definitely not our ability to deal with winter weather. Southern homeowners experience relatively few severe cold spells, so they don't consider freezing a problem and don't bother checking the condition or location of pipes in their homes. If these pipes don't have insulation or heat to protect them, a strong overnight freeze can cause trouble. Click here to read more.
Gutter Cleaning Tips From a Pro
By: Robert Lenney
Fall is the time of year to get your house in order before winter sets in. For most homeowners, this means it is once again time for a good, old-fashioned gutter cleaning. it’s the semi-annual project that strikes fear into the hearts of all urban and suburban warriors who face that dreaded request, “Honey, it’s time to clean out the gutters!” Click here to read more.
Autumn Maintenance For Your Home
By: www.statefarm.com
As the leaves change and the days get shorter, take the time this autumn to prepare for the oncoming cold weather. Ready the furnace for the months of work it will have ahead, and clean out the fireplace. Test them both to ensure they’ll be working when you need the heat. Don’t wait until it’s snowing to clear out your gutters. With upkeep in the fall, you’ll have peace of mind in the winter and more time to hibernate. Click here to read more.
Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist
By: Bob Vila
Fall is just around the corner—time to get your house in shape for the colder months ahead. Here’s a handy guide written by Bob Vila, the most trusted name in home improvement, to keep your house in peak condition this winter. Click here to read more.
HardiePlank Care and Mainteance
By: www.jameshardie.com
HardiePlank Siding is America's most popular brand of Fiber Cement Siding. It's well regarded as a durable and long lasting choice. With some basic understanding about the product, and how to care and maintain it, homeowners can expect the product's beauty to last for many years to come. Click here to read more.
Winter Home Maintenance Tips
By: Traveler's Insurance
A little preventative maintenance up front can help you to avoid costly home repairs during the winter season. This article from Traveler's Insurance gives homeowners five key home maintenance categories to focus on as we approach the winter season. Click here to read more.
Winterizing Your Home
By: Rooter Plus
Every winter, homeowners in the state of Georgia suffer from the destruction, frustration, and financial burden caused by freezing and bursting water pipes because they did not go through the proper process of winterizing your home. This article discusses what you need to know about winterizing your home before the cold weather hits. Click here to read more.
Winter Weather Property Protection - Condos and Office Buildings
By: Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Cold weather freeze-ups can cause vital fire protection systems to malfunction. Cold temperatures can cause sprinkler piping to burst resulting in major water damage to buildings, contents, and equipment.  In the interest of preventing water damage claims for your property, designated key personnel should be aware of freeze protection and emergency preparedness procedures. Click here to read more.
5 Summer Home Improvement Projects to Boost Home Value
By: www.homeadvisor.com
You already know that remodeling is a great way to improve your home’s appearance and raise your property value. But which improvements are worth tackling today? Here are five projects that you can complete before the leaves start falling. Click here to read more.
Independence Day Safety
By: Southern Property Management
Independence Day is a great summer holiday that we look forward each year. Yet it can be a dangerous holiday if you are not careful. Follow these tips to keep your family and home safe this 4th of July. Click here to read more.