Spring Cleaning…It’s That Time of Year Again!

This winter has been long, frigid and snowy. It’s time to prepare your home for spring and summer. The steps you take now can help avoid costly maintenance and repairs later. Here’s what to do inside and outside your home: Inspect the roof and gutters. Check the roof for damage; it’s been taking a beating all season. Then clear gutters of debris; a clog can lead to water damage. Check

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Association Manager receives two designations!

Priestley Management Company would like to congratulate one of our employees, Kyle Priestley for earning his AMS from CAI. The AMS Designation is the second level in the CAI career development track for community association managers. The AMS designation demonstrates a higher level of commitment to your career and the community association industry. An AMS designation is recommended for managers who want to enhance their career opportunities by increasing their knowledge

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Scavenge No More: Preventing a Trashy Situation

Having trouble with animals raiding your garbage cans and creating an awful mess? You’re not alone. Dogs, cats, raccoons, opossums, rats and other animals can have a king-sized buffet if they get into your trash—even if the lids on your cans are latched on properly. First, let’s cover some things you shouldn’t do: Don’t put your trash out early. Don’t put your cans out until shortly before the scheduled pickup.

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Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.

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Chimney Safety

There’s nothing as serene as a warm, crackling fire on a cold, winter night. There’s also nothing more dangerous if your chimney is damaged. Broken or cracked chimneys can let heat, smoke and toxic gasses, such as carbon monoxide, into your home. Your home could even catch fire. Chimney damage is often obvious, but sometimes it can be hidden. Use the following checklist, provided by Ready Virginia!, to help ensure

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Traits of Good Board Members

 Do you have what it takes to be a good board member? Chances are you do. If you have a mix of some of the following traits and skills, consider running for a seat on your board of directors. Respect. If you can give others respect and expect it in return, you can help keep board discussions civil, productive and on point. We’re looking for people who can lead by

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Are You Ready for Cold Weather?

Fall is the time to prepare for winter—cold and wet conditions not only make you miserable, but they can damage your home. Some winterizing can wait, some can’t. Make a list of what needs to be done, and tackle the time-sensitive tasks first. Here’s a simple checklist from PMC to help you get a jump on winter. Indoor Winterizing Examine doors and replace weather-stripping as needed. Examine window caulking and reseal

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Crime Prevention Tips!

Don’t be a victim of crime. Follow these tips and you should no longer be an easy target for thieves. Make sure all your doors and windows are locked. Keep garage doors closed even while doing yard work. Do not keep items in unattended vehicles. If you have a security system, use it. If you must leave a key outside for someone, the best rule is not to  leave a

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Community Association Fundamentals

Even though you live in an association, you might be surprised how many of your neighbors-owners and renters alike-don’t really understand the fundamental nature of common-interest communities. And we know that many others, including the media and government officials, lack a true understanding of the community association (or condominium) concept.

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Turn It On

As one of six essential nutrients, water is necessary for survival. But drinking it from disposable plastic bottles may not be the best idea. A better choice for your personal health, and the health of the environment, may be to drink more tap water. Tap water might be healthier than bottled water—which often is tap water—because it is more highly regulated and monitored for quality. For more information about our

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