How to Make Sure You’re Getting the Best Value from Your HOA Management Company  

An HOA management company shoulders major responsibilities when caring for your community. As an HOA board member, you want assurance the management team merits every penny of the fees collected. 

Follow these tips to evaluate whether your HOA management provider delivers robust service and attention that aligns with the compensation:


Review the Contract Regularly

Your management contract outlines the services, responsiveness, reporting, and fees you can expect for your community. Re-examine this agreement annually to ensure you’re receiving everything stipulated. Renegotiate if discrepancies exist between the stated terms and actual delivery of services.


Assess Responsiveness

Responsiveness goes beyond just being available for emergencies 24/7. Assess whether:

– Emails/calls get returned within 24 hours or sooner 

– Community managers follow through on requests in a timely manner

– Managers proactively notify the board of important updates  

Conscientious managers make themselves consistently accessible rather than only reacting when issues arise. 


Evaluate Staff Expertise and Professionalism

The capability of the personnel overseeing your property greatly impacts the value received. Consider:

– Relevant qualifications – licensing, certifications (CAM, AMS, PCAM)

– HOA-specific training and access to continuing education  

– General expertise level based on interactions  

– Professionalism and demeanor with residents 

Having a skilled, experienced team preserves and enhances your asset with proper maintenance and governance.


Review Reporting Frequency and Transparency

The right management partner readily shares data through:

– Periodic financial statements and budget variance reports  

– Maintenance logs tracking issues that arise

– Updates on rule violations, architectural changes, etc.  

– Prompt notification of emergencies or other developments

– Annual meetings reviewing the year and planning ahead

Managers who freely provide documentation offer valuable transparency. 


Assess Service Scope and Execution

Review the agreed upon scope of services and objectively evaluate how well each area gets handled:


– Maintenance – Are work orders, preventive maintenance, inspections, etc. performed consistently and urgently?

– Finance – Are statements accurate and provided on schedule? Are assessments collected successfully?

– Governance Support – Does manager enforce bylaws evenly? Do they provide guidance on amendments, disputes, etc.?

– Vendor Oversight – Are contractors properly vetted and managed?

– Resident Services – Does staff address complaints promptly? Are amenities well-maintained?

Identify any weak spots where additional oversight could strengthen performance.


Evaluate the Strength of Community Relationships 

Engaged managers focused on community building provide great additional value through:

– Organizing resident events – clean-ups, picnics, holiday celebrations

– Facilitating communication via newsletters, websites, social media pages  

– Encouraging community input through surveys, committees, etc.

– Promoting compliance through diplomacy and trust building

This fosters goodwill, cooperation, and a sense of pride among homeowners.


Benchmark Fees Against the Market

While cost shouldn’t be the only consideration, ensure your fees stay reasonably aligned with current market rates by:

– Comparing proposed increases against inflation  

– Surveying neighboring HOAs on fee structures

– Securing competitive bids to leverage during contract negotiations

– Considering amenity levels and service differences when comparing rates

Paying above-average fees may be acceptable for superior service. But overpaying erodes value.


Measure Resident Satisfaction 

Gauge whether residents share the board’s perspective by: 

– Informally engaging homeowners at meetings and community events

– Distributing annual satisfaction surveys to capture anonymous feedback

Consistently high marks indicate homeowners agree management delivers substantial value. Low scores warrant investigation into potential gaps.


Run an RFP Process Periodically 

Undergoing a full RFP process every 3-5 years can benchmark your current relationship against competitor offerings. You may discover opportunities to reduce costs, upgrade services, or identify a better-suited partner. Just be sure to give sufficient termination notice to your existing provider per contract terms. 

While not always resulting in a change, RFPs provide helpful perspective.

By regularly evaluating your management company across these dimensions, HOA boards can ensure their community receives top-notch service and value. Don’t leave it to chance – be proactive assessing the performance of your property management provider. For professional HOA management that prioritizes open communication and providing maximum value, connect with the experts at Intempus.

Red Flags to Watch Out For When Hiring an HOA Management Company

Selecting a management company is one of the most critical decisions an HOA board will make. The management firm oversees essential functions from finances and maintenance to compliance and communication. While many providers sell themselves convincingly, boards must watch for red flags indicating a potential poor match. Here are key warning signs HOA boards should watch out for when evaluating management companies to avoid regrettable partnerships.

Lack of Experience Working with Similar Communities

Find out how long the provider has been in business and the number of local communities currently under management. Lack of experience in the region or with similar property types should raise concerns. You want a partner intimately familiar with the unique needs and priorities of communities like yours. 

For example, at Intempus Management, we have over 15 years exclusively managing HOAs across Silicon Valley. Our niche focus means we handle the nuances of condo, townhome, and master-planned communities expertly.

High Turnover of Personnel

Inquire about the tenure of key personnel you will interface with like community managers. Frequent turnover in management roles leads to disjointed service and lack of familiarity with the property long-term. Continuity of management is ideal. Ask about staff retention programs and metrics.

At Intempus Management, our managers average over 7 years of tenure. This consistency allows us to know each community intimately and serve boards consistently without interruption.

Lack of Technology Investment

Make sure prospective management companies leverage modern technology to improve service levels. Online homeowner portals, digital payments, mobile apps, paperless processes, remote monitoring and more demonstrate commitment to innovation. Outdated approaches can signal complacency.

Intempus invests heavily in employing the latest technology like real-time homeowner apps and an owner portal with account access 24/7. We continually enhance conveniences using cutting-edge solutions.

Poor References and Reviews 

Solicit references from current clients and check online reviews. Consistent reports of unresponsive managers, slow maintenance, poor communication, and billing issues should give pause. Of course, no provider is perfect, but patterns of criticism warrant concern.

Intempus Management maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau thanks to our resident-focused approach. We encourage community leaders to contact our references to hear about our commitment to transparency, responsiveness and accountability.

Limited Service Offerings

Seek management companies that provide “full-service” options, not just basic services. Core offerings should span financials, maintenance, housekeeping, governance support, community engagement, sustainability, insurance, and more. Extensive a la carte services allow customization for each association’s needs and budget. 

Intempus Management delivers highly customizable service bundles. Our comprehensive expertise in all facets of association management means we handle virtually any need that arises for communities.  

Lack of a Designated Community Manager 

Ask if you will have a single point person dedicated to your property. While companies may share resources internally, having an assigned manager who knows your community intimately is ideal. Highly fragmented servicing often translates to disjointed care.

Every Intempus Management community has a dedicated manager backed by our full team. Your manager becomes intimately familiar with your property, board, and homeowners to provide personalized care focused on your priorities.

Little Attention to Compliance 

Thorough vetting ensures the provider has expertise across the spectrum of legal, insurance, safety, health and operational compliance for HOAs. Lack of focus in this complex area can expose the association to unnecessary risk. Probe their track record guiding boards proactively on regulatory issues.  

Intempus Management emphasizes compliance across all our services. We institute prudent policies and requirements to satisfy regulations and minimize HOA liability. Our expertise provides boards and homeowners vital peace of mind.

No Clear Pricing Disclosure

Reputable management companies present contract pricing and fee structures upfront before you commit. Vagueness around costs or pushing off pricing conversations should raise concerns. Transparency is a sign of ethical service.

Intempus Management believes in 100% pricing transparency. Our contract outlines competitive, understandable pricing so boards can budget accurately. We also welcome comparing our rates to competitors.

By being alert to red flags when interviewing prospective management firms, HOA boards can avoid regrettable partnerships. Let Intempus Management demonstrate how our extensive expertise, consistency, technology, breadth of service, focus on compliance, pricing integrity, and customer-first mentality provide HOAs unmatched value. Discover the Intempus difference today!