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    • When you want to be warm during the winter, use an electric blanket. If you are carrying a child and in your first three months of pregnancy you shouldn't use an electric blanket. According to studies you can cause birth defects to your unborn child. If you are going to sleep make sure your blanket is on low because it can catch on fire. To make sure you and your family is safe always keep your blanket on low while you are sleeping. To warm your bed before climbing in it, turn it on the setting[...]

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      When a homeowner has a concern about the community or a fellow neighbor, an HOA management company mediates the problem. There are certain procedures that need to be followed. There are a lot of different responsibilities that fall to an HOA management company. Disputes arise all the time over a variety of situations and issues and someone needs to sort things out. Whether the complaint involves loud music, parking concerns, or even the weeds in the front yard, homeowners need to be able to let[...]

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      It is wise to prepare your home for the winter before the first cold spell arrives. One of the most important things to do is to inspect your heating system for structural defects or signs of damage and deterioration that can hamper its proper functioning. When winter comes it is vital that you have your heaters properly functioning. As you know, having them services in cold season can be more expensive. It is wise to prepare your home for the winter before the first cold spell arrives. One [...]

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      If you are a newcomer to an older neighborhood you will be needing to look into the local association or club. Some neighborhoods that were built a long time ago have neglected their association to the point of nonexistence. A lot of people consider themselves pioneers for moving into these lovely old inner city areas. They are avoiding the traffic that they used to deal with and are enjoying the lovely established foliage but are getting some unpleasant surprises too. Community support is right[...]

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      If you plan to buy a single-detached house, a condominium or a townhouse from a developer, one of the important bits of information you have to know is: do property owners automatically become members of a homeowners association? If the answer is yes, you have to know the following: 1. Neighborhood Condition Look around. If there are already existing homeowners and the association has been formed, are the common areas well maintained and in order? 2. Association Dues How much would you have to[...]

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      Homeowners, are you unsure what to do with your landscape but know something has to be done this year? Want to change up your outdoor living décor or add pavers, flowers, or a water or fire feature but do not know where to start? You are not alone. Don’t fear… Community Management Services, Inc., (CMS) has the solution for you. Our ever so helpful CMS Marketplace – Your resource to local qualified and professional vendors and contractors who can help you maintain your home and your [...]

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      Tax season is here and everyone wants as many deductions as they can get. If you’re a member of a homeowners association, you may have wondered whether or not the HOA fees you pay are tax deductible? Every HOA is different, so you’ll want to find out what applies to your specific Association. Members of an HOA  pay HOA fees or dues. These fees usually pay for the maintenance of  amenities (swimming pool, landscaping, trash removal, etc.) or are set aside in a savings account (also known[...]

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      Association management is very different from managing a business. Find out how it's different and how you can benefit by hiring professionals to manage the organization for you. Association management presents many challenges to managers who are used to working in businesses. Businesses are aimed at maximizing profits. They are organized with a top-down structure. Even though employees may have lots of input into the company's operations, it ultimately comes from above. Other organizations tend[...]

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