It's not easy taking responsibility for your condo or homeowners association. If you are a board member, you may face a lot of expectations about how you handle your role. Here are 7 ways that you can make your time serving your association as successful as possible:

Prepare Ahead of Time

Whether it is a board meeting, public meeting, or local event, start planning well in advance and informing the people who will be involved.

Know the Documents

Your governing documents outline specific rules and processes that need to be followed to effectively run the HOA. Understanding these documents will help you build credibility with residents and avoid potential violations. 

Improve Communication

Communication is key for any homeowners association and you need to be clear and effective in your communication with residents living there. Exchange contact information and post community updates to a website. 

Get People to Attend Meetings

Try to make meetings more fun and encourage participation by having snacks available, giving away small prizes, or even playing games.

Play to People’s Strengths

Make sure everyone has a role that plays to their strengths. If you’re new to the job, take the time to get to know everyone and ask them what they’re best at and what role they would prefer to have.

Encourage Community Spirit

If everyone in the community feels involved, you’ll have an easier time keeping it up running smoothly. Instilling a sense of community pride is one of the best things you can do during your time as president. 

Learn from Your Mistakes

You’re going to make mistakes but make sure to learn from them so you don’t make the same mistake twice. 

Pay Attention to Details

Focusing on the little details, like getting more people to the meetings, studying your documents, and encouraging community spirit, you’ll do a much better job at running things. 

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