Where Do Your Condo Fees Really Go?

Where Do Your Condo Fees Really Go?

They say that the only true constants in life are death and taxes – and if you’re an Alberta condo owner, you can feel confident adding “condo fees” to that list, too! Condo fees are all but a guarantee when you decide to take the plunge into condo living. Yet despite the extra expense, most owners […]

Are You Wasting Money on Condo Waste Management? Part Two

Are You Wasting Money on Condo Waste Management? Part Two

We took some time last month to dig into the details of condo waste management with special guest expert Mickey Pendergast – a Cost Reduction Expert at Schooley Mitchell, the largest independent cost reduction consulting firm in North America – to chat about what your condo board can do to lower costs and save money. We […]

Building a Condo Budget that Works

Building a Condo Budget that Works

Last month, we took some time here on the Catalyst blog to explore exactly why it seems like the bottom has fallen out of condo reserve fund studies here across the province in recent months. We covered some decent ground and made some good progress, but there’s a second part of that story that we […]

Are You Wasting Money on Waste Handling?

Are You Wasting Money on Waste Handling?

Waste handling is a necessary consideration for condo corporations to keep on top of. Oftentimes, though, it can just as easily become something that simply goes for years unnoticed or without a second thought – even as the associated costs continue to creep steadily upward.  That’s where our esteemed guest expert, Mickey Pendergast, comes in […]

Setting Your Reserve Fund up for Success

Setting Your Reserve Fund up for Success

Reserve fund studies are getting a bit of a bad rap right now – and honestly, we can’t blame Alberta condo owners for feeling the way they do! Of course, we can only speak from our own on-the-job experience, but it seems like every time a condo corporation’s turned around to tap their reserve fund […]

Regarding Reserve Fund Reports

Regarding Reserve Fund Reports

If you’re a condo owner here in Alberta, chances are you’ve heard at least passing mention of the ubiquitous reserve fund study – but what about reserve fund reports?  “Wait,” you might find yourself thinking, “Reserve fund studies? Reserve fund reports? Aren’t those just two different names for the same thing?” To which we’d respond: actually, […]

The New Alberta Condo Act

The New Alberta Condo Act

People often joke these days about how “time is a flat circle,” but sometimes, that sentiment can feel truer to life than not – like when we heard that there was another Condominium Property Amendment Act in the works, just two years after the last one had passed.  That’s right – after a years-long push to […]

Five Hot Takes on Common Fire Inspection Inquiries

Five Hot Takes on Common Fire Inspection Inquiries

If you’re around the younger crowd at all, it’s likely you’ve heard someone somewhere along the line refer to something as being “lit” or “fire” or even “🔥,” depending on the scenario. While all these metaphors were likely evoked in a positive context, they certainly don’t hold to the same rigor and routine as the […]

Peace of Mind with New Home Warranties

Peace of Mind with New Home Warranties

There’s a lot to keep in mind when buying a new home. It’s at once both an incredibly exciting and incredibly stressful experience. There’s so much to think about, from the minutiae of the sale to the logistics of the move to all the financial hoops that need to be jumped through – it’s enough to […]