While community associations are responsible for maintenance of common areas and elements, individual owners are accountable for keeping their residence in good repair. Both need a recommended vendor list. When you don’t have names, you have to choose from online reviews, the phone book or a friend’s referral. Contractors and vendors have different areas of expertise and the quality of work varies, so a recommended contractor list is essential is important for your homeowners.
Your Board should develop a list of recommended vendors such as electricians, plumbers, painters, etc. for owners to use. There will probably be some overlap between the community and homeowner vendor list. Preparing a recommended contractor list offers multiple benefits for your community.
- A list of recommended vendors offers convenience for homeowners.
- Vendors are familiar with association guidelines.
- Services and work are usually higher quality if your association screens them.
- Vendors are appropriately licensed and insured.
- Service providers may offer a discount to homeowners in the association.
We’ve all encountered poor work or bad service from a contractor. It happens, and you want to keep these people out of your neighborhood. Creating a list of recommended vendors is a positive way of choosing reputable companies and vendors. While nothing can eliminate poor service, a list helps minimize it.
If your Board falls short in this area or you don’t have the time to do due diligence in selecting vendors, a property management company can help. Because we work with many associations that require a wide variety of maintenance, we know the local contractors in upper East Tennessee.
Don’t leave vendor selection to the last minute and accept whoever is available. That’s when you get in trouble and spend more money. Start taking an active role in maximizing the chances that you’ll end up happy and satisfied with the work contractors perform. Create a recommended vendor list for your community.
Wise Property Solutions is a property management company serving East Tennessee with offices in Knoxville, TN and the Tri-Cities, TN-VA. Specializing in Condominium Association Management, Home Owners Association Management, HOA Management and Gated Community Association Management. The firm is East Tennessee’s only Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC®).
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