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Deck Safety Tips For a Safe, Fun Filled Summer

We don’t want to be Debbie Downers, but when it comes to deck safety, we are Debbie Downer…

You might be too if you get the amount of Google Alerts I do on deck fires and deck collapses.

Everyday, somewhere a deck collapses or catches fire from a grill, smoking materials or a fire pit…or a heat lamp for the dog house, sparks from welding, you get the picture. So a few safety tips from me, to help you not be the next statistic;

  • No smoking on a deck.
  • No grilling on a deck.
  • Smoke, grill or have a fire pit a minimum of ten feet away from the building. Make sure everything is out by dousing grills/pits in water. Yes your neighbors might be pissed because of the smell, but they will be even more pissed if that fire pit catches their house on fire!
  • Have your deck inspected. So many accidents could be avoided if inspections were done by competent people.
  • Any wobbling railings, stairs or deck is a bad sign. Get it inspected and fixed ASAP.

Consumers/homeowners, click below to use NADRA’s handy self inspection checklist to see if further professional inspection should be done.

NADRA Consumer Checklist



HOA’s and CONDO’s/PUDs-The January Regenesis Report is Out

The Regenesis Report (National Edition) January 2011 is now available for viewing at


The Rogues Gallery. Does your board have some?

Ask the HOA Expert™. Another set of provocative Q&As.

The Resale Package. What is it and why it costs so much?

Winterizing Vacancies. Snow birds take notice.

Bark Free Zone. Move over rover.

Paint a Montana Sky. Let your paint palate soar!

Good Looking Hood. Keep the cribs stylin’.

Interview with God. If you ask, he’ll answer.

Paraprosdokians. War doesn’t determine who is right, only who is left.

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From Porter Law Group-New Mechanic Lien Laws Take Effect Jan 1 In California

From Porter Law Group comes this infromation for property owners and contractors on the new lien laws effective Jan 1 2011 in California-New Rules-they are important to play by or as a contractor you can lose your rights to collect if you don’t follow them carefully.

Mechanic’s Lien Laws, Forms and Procedures

to Change at the End of this Year

Under the new law, after December 31, 2010, California Civil Code sections 3084 and 3146 are amended to require service of a mechanic’s lien on the owner of the property at the time the mechanic’s lien is recorded. If for some reason the owner cannot be served with the mechanic’s lien then the original contractor or the lender can instead be served. This new process provides owners with notice that a mechanic’s lien has been recorded on their property and it gives them an opportunity to quickly address the situation.  The form of the mechanic’s lien document itself is also changed to include a “Notice of Mechanic’s Lien” which provides a brief explanation of the nature of a mechanic’s lien and options the property owner might pursue to address the situation.


Press Release From Associa-Associa Promotes Education Via Facebook, Community Management Leader to Give FREE Copies of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2

Associa Promotes Education Via Facebook, Community Management Leader to Give FREE Copies of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2

Book Provides Education and Encourages Dialogue About Community Association Management

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Associa, the leader in community association management, announced today a new promotion designed to spread community association management education and information to its friends and homeowners. As a reward for signing up to “Like” Associa on Facebook, the company is giving away FREE copies of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2 to all of its new “Likes” and to individuals who already follow Associa and submit their contact information.

“We believe that educating not only our employees, but also our homeowners, fosters better communications, community culture, and ultimately, efficiently run associations”

“We believe that educating not only our employees, but also our homeowners, fosters better communications, community culture, and ultimately, efficiently run associations,” said Associa CEO John Carona. “Through this Facebook promotion, Associa opens the door for learning and dialogue about the community association industry.”
The Best of Association Times, Volume 2 is a 200 page book full of information for community associations, providing readers with articles and answers to common questions about association management. Written by industry experts from Associa, the book offers information on the latest trends, laws and other topics affecting the community association industry. The book can be used as a handy resource on how to maximize the community association management experience.
To “Like” Associa’s Facebook page and receive a FREE copy of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2 please visit and follow the instructions on the “Welcome” page. Individuals who already “Like” Associa’s page can send their information (name, mailing address, phone number) to to receive their copy.
Building successful communities for more than 30 years, Associa is the leader in community association management and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Associa® and its 8,000 employees operate more than 100 branch offices in the United States and Mexico. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to and Find us on Facebook or follow us on twitter.

Re-Blog From Berding & Weil-Dangers Of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor

Liability in the Bargain?
The Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor
by Timothy J. Smith, Esq.
Homeowners and homeowners’ associations often face expenses to maintain or repair their property. It makes sense to look for the most affordable contractor available to do the work. Many times, through friends or relatives, a homeowner will come across an unlicensed contractor during their search for a person to do the work. The unlicensed contractor will provide a bid that is much lower than bids from licensed contractors and promises to do the same work. It sounds so appealing to save money but still get great workmanship that many people fall into the trap and hire the unlicensed contractor. However, the cheapest contractor available might be the one that will cost the most in the long run.
It is not surprising that an unlicensed contractor would be less expensive than a licensed contractor. Unlicensed contractors have advantages that enable them to provide the lowest prices. They do not have to pay licensing fees, they do not have to obtain a bond to protect their work, and more often than not they do not purchase liability or workers compensation insurance. Without these added expenses the unlicensed contractor can provide their services at a rate lower than the legitimately licensed professional.
It is true that having a contractor’s license is not a guarantee that the work will be done well, or even properly. Since there is no guarantee that a licensed contractor will do a better job why should a homeowner or association care if the contractor has a license? The answer is simple–to protect the homeowner or association from a myriad of problems that could arise.

FROM the American P{lywood Association-construction details for moisture resistant homes.

Saw this on an email newsletter i get, passing it on…
Build A Better Home publications provide simple construction details for moisture-resistant homes
BBHAPA’s Build A Better Home program is designed to provide builders and homeowners the construction guidelines they need to protect their homes against damaging moisture infiltration by encouraging better building practices for the key elements of a residential structure: roofs, walls and foundation.
Three brochures in the Build A Better Home (BBH) series – BBH: Foundations; BBH: Walls; and BBH: Mold and Mildew have been updated and are now available for purchase as printed brochures, or as free downloadable PDFs.
Click here for more information.

Visit the Build A Better Home website at for additional information on construction details, tips for builders and designers, notes to homeowners on controlling mold, and links to video segments demonstrating proper moisture control techniques in construction applications.