Simple Construction Solutions For Complex Design Related Problems – Maintaining a property is more challenging than constructing a property and who could know this fact better than the community association managers who are responsible for maintaining their properties. Maintaining a property requires fund that condo board members collect from the residents. The members need to determine the maintenance work their property may require in near future. It is called reserve study in which they calculate the age of different design elements in their property to determine their usability period and the cost of repairing the design elements. In short they need to look for viable construction solutions for complex building maintenance related issues.
A majority of community association managers are from non-engineering backgrounds and for this reason they rely on the findings of engineers they hire for conducting reserve study at their property. Many engineering firms aware about the weakness of property managers adopt shortcut to complete the reserve study and get quick money. The dishonest engineers use computer graphics of the building structure to study its reserves. Also they present their findings in complicated engineering language that property managers find difficult to understand. Ideally property managers should hire the engineering firm that is experienced in studying reserves and that is years of experience in providing simple construction solutions for complex design related issues.
An ideal engineering firm would always conduct reserve study by inspecting the property physically and not only by looking at the computer graphics of the building design. Also a trustworthy engineering firm would present its findings in simple and understandable language that property managers can easily read and discuss. Studying reserve is a labor intensive job but one can’t study reserves without inspecting a property physically. You will be amazed to know that experienced engineers can find many faults and problem areas when conducting reserve studies. For construction solutions, the property managers should always look at experts and not at inexperienced firms.
Condo reserves give property managers a sense of security that they have enough funds at hand for conducting maintenance work on their property. But the condo board members shouldn’t let their residents carry out individual renovation work that can affect the functionality of design elements of the building. For example take new windows opened by the residents on the outer wall of the building. A new opening on the outer wall can allow the rain water to encroach in the building and make it most and damp. A good engineering firm can provide affordable construction solutions to all the maintenance related issues but the property managers should take care the residents don’t make unnecessary changes in their units.