EIFS Cladding & Capital Reserve Studies


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Several townhome and condominium associations in the Chicagoland area are in need of significant funding to complete EIFS repairs. Apparently the associations did not know how costly it is to maintain and repair EIFS and when the time came to finally per- form the repairs they were caught short and did not have nearly enough […]

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Reserve Studies


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How much will your real estate investment cost to maintain five years from now? Ten years from now? Fifteen or twenty years from now? Whether you own a commercial building or a two bedroom condominium, at some point the roof needs replaced, the façade will need tuck pointing or the air conditioner will reach the […]

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New Legislation not Many are Talking About


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As most people, know lead paint was used in many homes that were built prior to 1978. Homes with this condition are abundant throughout the Chicagoland area, many of which are townhomes and condominiums. These homes are at the age or approaching the age where several different types of renovation projects are most likely necessary, […]

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Hidden Construction Materials Article


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It’s expected that the buildings we live in and manage will provide a comfortable shelter from the elements. The main building components that provide this shelter can be seen from the outside of the ??? building and the wall cladding and roofing. However, some building components cannot be seen by visual inspection alone 92.2012 and […]

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Evaluating Low Bids


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These tough economic times require homeowner associations to explore all of their options prior to undertaking a capital project. Many associations move forward with capital improvement projects without first performing the necessary due diligence on the front end of the project. These associations contact contractors and ask them to provide the association with a quote […]

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De-Icing Agents


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We are often asked about de-icing and what is recommended. Whatever the choice, use it and keep it available. Be safe, protect yourself and your neighbors from injury related falling on ice, it hurts! There are several products to consider when choosing de-icing agents, Sodium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, and Acetates are just a […]

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A Green Approach to Building Maintenance and Repair


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Today there is lots of chatter about sustainability, green building issues, and reducing our personal carbon footprints. There is also lots of talk about stimulus money and tax credits. Does that mean homeowners associations s and condominium boards should be approving the installation of roof- mounted solar panels or wind turbines? Or how about a […]

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