A lot goes on behind the scenes to have a well-run building. But to truly thrive, a building also needs a tight-knit community of residents. Here are some tips on how to be a good condo owner and neighbor in your building.
1. Read through the HOAs rulebook.
You can’t know how to follow the rules in your building without first knowing what those rules are. Read through your HOAs rulebook and pay attention to rules that may be relevant to you.
2. Show up to association meetings.
Associations are run democratically. They depend on member attendance and voting at meetings, and these meetings just don’t function well with a low turnout. So, go to these meetings whenever you can, to lend your voice to how your building should be managed. You might also learn something interesting about building operations while you’re there!
3. Be courteous.
Buildings have a lot of people living in close proximity to one another. The only way for this to work well is for everyone to follow the golden rule and treat others as they themselves would like to be treated. Some basic things to do are:
- Watch noise levels, especially at night
- Do your part to keep common areas clean
- Say hello when you run into a fellow resident
4. Help to maintain building security.
These days more than ever, building security is of the utmost importance. The most important security component of a building is only allowing residents and their visitors in. Always keep exterior locking doors secure by making sure they shut after you. Don’t even prop them open if you’re coming in and out multiple times, or if you’re expecting someone. Also, it’s very important that you don’t buzz in anyone you don’t actually know — even if they tell you they know someone else in the building or that they have official business there.
5. Keep your unit in good condition and report potential issues.
Be on the lookout for things like water leaks, mold, or pests. These are sometimes caused by issues that affect more than one unit. If you flag the problem with your property manager, you’ll be solving it for your unit but also possibly helping out your fellow condo owners.
6. Get involved in building events.
Many buildings have certain annual events for residents or to support the local community. While everyone’s interests vary, participating in at least some of these events can help build a closer community in your building.
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