As we’ve mentioned many times before, a crucial element to the successful functioning of Cedar Management Group comes from the collaborative efforts of our communities and its residents. While residents will inevitably contribute monetarily via their respective dues, it’s crucial for members of the community to become as actively involved as their schedules permit. Becoming involved will not only allow residents to see exactly how their community is being handled, but will also allow the individuals to let their voices be heard on the issues that matter most to them. This sense of being in sync with the community is also a key to our successful operation. If a resident feels as if they are truly a part of the community, they will become excited to involve themselves. While there are always going to be those residents who simply pay their dues and carelessly step back, they will likely not reap the full benefits of living in a home owners association. Encourage residents to attend monthly board meetings, this will enable them to have their opinions heard, or at least have an opportunity to hear how community issues are being handled and deliberated.
Communication between the board, the management company, and the individual resident, is extremely important because it allows for transparency while minimizing the level of confusion. If residents feel properly informed on issues, activities, events etc., they are more likely to become involved. There are various tools a community can use to communicate with the residents, whether it be by newsletter, email blast, or talking to neighbors in passing. Inviting communication between the residents will also increase the desire to be in a HOA, which will cause a word of mouth promotion for that particular community, which in turns leads to a prospering community. Communicating what the Board is doing in the community and letting them know what the established goals are for the year will give them a clear idea of what the Board is focused on. If the Board is looking for volunteers for committees they need to establish clear goals for the committee and for how that committee will help the overall community. Having a clear understanding of the impact an individual can make, gives the volunteers a sense of accomplishment and something they can be proud of doing. Even if board members are just looking for volunteers for a “community day”, to plant flowers or paint a community clubhouse, it promotes collaboration.
Last but not least, make these events fun! While volunteering time for the bettering of the community is extraordinarily important, it shouldn’t overshadow the importance of having festive events throughout the year. Insisting on residents attending these events will allow for a true sense of community and belonging, which will initiate a true sense of pride throughout. These events are a great way to meet neighbors, make friends, and promote the community itself. Here at Cedar Management Group, we take pride in our emphasis on communication. Without communication, we could not properly and efficiently manage our communities. We urge all communities to really reach out to those residents who may not be present at events, meetings etc. Remember, a community isn’t made up of only those who are well known and present; it’s made up of everyone!