Category: Condo Board Management

The Factors That Go into Determining Your Condo Fees

The Factors That Go into Determining Your Condo Fees

We all like knowing that things are being handled fairly. It goes all the way back to fighting with our siblings over whose turn it was to use that one red plastic cup at lunchtime, counting the days of the week to make sure your diabolical little brother wasn’t trying to pull a fast one […]

New Year, New You – New Condo Utilities Contract!

New Year, New You – New Condo Utilities Contract!

The new year is a time to look back and take stock of things. To reflect, reminisce, and even reconsider. To set yourself up for success and prosperity over the next twelve months, whatever they might bring. We’re all about raising standards here at Catalyst, so we can definitely get behind this sort of inward-focused […]

A Tell-All on the Costs of Telecom

A Tell-All on the Costs of Telecom

The cost of everything continues to rise here in Canada, wreaking havoc on condo budgets and reserve funds from coast to coast. If your condo corporation has started to turn a frugal eye toward any and every opportunity to cut costs, know that you’re not alone. Cuts have been the name of the game lately […]

Keeping Your Condo Board Above Board

Keeping Your Condo Board Above Board

Condo boards hold a lot of power when it comes right down to it. After all, they set the tone for the condo community – steering its course, plotting its priorities, and ultimately shaping its direction in the months and years to come.    With that much weight and authority over the lives and investments of […]

Beating Condo Board Burnout

Beating Condo Board Burnout

Even the best and brightest condo board members can feel the exhaustion from time to time. No matter your position, the demands placed on condo boards can be taxing. The result is burnt-out board members with individuals phoning it in and governing bodies that become stagnant, tired, and ineffective.    Because board burnout can sometimes […]

Plan Ahead with an Emergency Response Plan

Plan Ahead with an Emergency Response Plan

Quick – your next-door neighbour accidentally set the microwave for two hours instead of two minutes, and now those hot pockets he was warming up have caught fire and set the whole condo building ablaze!  Where do you go? How do you evacuate? Who’s in charge of making sure everyone got out okay? And most importantly: […]

Getting a Read on Condo Documentation

Getting a Read on Condo Documentation

When it comes to the ins and outs of condo documentation, the details can sometimes be as complex and in-depth as the documents themselves – and if you’ve ever had to try and make sense of a post-tension cable report, well, you’ll know exactly what we mean!  That said, there is definitely a method to the […]

Amenities, Assessed!

Amenities, Assessed!

You might have heard, “Location, location, location!” before when it comes to what makes a condo unit desirable, but what about “Amenities, amenities, amenities!”? While it may not roll off the tongue in quite the same way, this could easily be a rallying cry for many current condo owners and would-be condo owners out there. […]

Straight Talk: Cutting Through the Condo Jargon

Straight Talk: Cutting Through the Condo Jargon

One of our core values here at Catalyst Condo Management Ltd is the belief in the steadfast importance of crystal-clear communication. Sometimes, though, in the need for expediency in communication, clarity gets lost along the way. Simple, straight-ahead language gets caught up in jargon that’s meant to be more precise or transparent, but that ends […]

The Future is Now: Condo Management Tools and Technology

The Future is Now: Condo Management Tools and Technology

Your condo building isn’t just a place to rest your head – it’s a place that an entire community of people call home. It’s also a business, managed and facilitated by individuals who need to be able to communicate quickly and reliably both with each other and with the larger condo community as a whole. After […]

Should You Get Onboard with Your Condo Board?

Should You Get Onboard with Your Condo Board?

If you’re anything like us – whether you’re a brand-new Alberta condo owner or you’ve been chipping away at your mortgage for years now – it’s hard not to feel an incredible amount of pride when you look at yourself in the light of being a homeowner. Being a condo owner is a different sort of […]

Finding the Right Fit with a New Condo Management Company

Finding the Right Fit with a New Condo Management Company

Breaking up is hard to do – but after much soul-searching and contemplation, you’re ready to move on. It’s time to find a new condo management company. Now, we know that this sort of thing is never easy. Getting out there, figuring out who’s who, even just knowing the right questions to ask – it can all […]

The Ins and Outs of Move-In and Move-Out Fees

The Ins and Outs of Move-In and Move-Out Fees

There’s nothing cheap about making the decision to move. Realtor fees, legal fees, home inspection fees – the list goes on. Why then do condo corporations insist on charging people fees not just to move in, but even simply to leave the condo community on top of everything else? Well, believe it or not, it […]

What to Look for in a New Condo Management Company

What to Look for in a New Condo Management Company

When you’re searching for a new condo management company to help handle your rental property, it’s essential that you do your homework. Failing to choose a reputable, experienced management company could leave you facing issues like damaged property and unhappy tenants. You may have heard horror stories about companies that use less-than-adequate maintenance services or […]

Tips for Hosting an AGM During COVID-19

Tips for Hosting an AGM During COVID-19

AGM season has arrived and much like everything else, it’s going to be a little different this year. Crammed auditoriums and meetings rooms are no longer an option, public health policies must be adhered to, and refreshments can no longer be served— among other changes. And if you’re like the many condo boards we engage […]

5 Ways to Strengthen Relations with Your Condo Management Company

5 Ways to Strengthen Relations with Your Condo Management Company

The relationship between condo boards and management companies is an integral part of what makes a housing community thrive. When property management companies disappoint tenants, it can be difficult to repair the relationship or move forward with unity and understanding— making day-to-day responsibilities more complicated for all involved. Fortunately, however, with a proactive and collaborative […]

The Importance of Consistent Communication Between Condo Boards and Management Companies

The Importance of Consistent Communication Between Condo Boards and Management Companies

Per Merriam-Webster, the definition of communication is: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behaviours. It also states that communication is: information communicated; information transmitted or conveyed. When it comes to the condo business, communication is paramount. And as stated in the definitions above, it’s […]

The Ins and Outs of Contract Success for Condo Boards and Management Companies

The Ins and Outs of Contract Success for Condo Boards and Management Companies

Condo boards and management companies often seek out contractors to help them maintain and service their complexes. Some of the most common services condo associations hire require on a contract basis include: Residential cleaning Parking enforcement Waste collection HVAC system maintenance Carpet cleaning On-site security Building repairs and maintenance Depending on the circumstances, either the […]

A Year in the Life of a Proactive Condo Board Management

A Year in the Life of a Proactive Condo Board Management

Happy 2020 to condo owners, board members, and managers everywhere! New year, new you…new AGM? Chances are, you’re annual general meeting is scheduled in the near future. Are you 100% sure that you’re addressing and actioning the right opportunities to set your condo community, condo management, and condo corporation up for

5 Stellar Habits of Super Effective Condo Board Meetings

5 Stellar Habits of Super Effective Condo Board Meetings

If you’ve ever sat on a condo board, chances are, you’ve shared the same, pie-in-the-sky dream. You know the one: you walk into that board meeting, and everybody’s immediately on the same page. The business of the day gets taken care of line-by-line, point-by-point, with the sort of efficiency that would bring even the most

Raising the Bar with Resources for Your Condo Board

Raising the Bar with Resources for Your Condo Board

Your condo board runs a pretty tight ship. Meetings are efficient, AGMs are informative, and day-to-day operations are smooth and trouble-free. You do a good job keeping things on the up-and-up. The community is happy, dialogue between board members and condo owners is free-flowing, and overall, things are pretty danged good.

Building Defenses Against Builder Negligence

Building Defenses Against Builder Negligence

Picture this… You’re a few years into your very first experience as a condo owner. You did your homework and bought a brand-new condo from a reputable builder. You scrimped and saved and were finally able to come up with that down payment, all in the name of being able to settle down comfortably

The Pros and Cons of Self-Managing Your Condo

The Pros and Cons of Self-Managing Your Condo

Are you somebody who really enjoys micro-managing things? Do you like biting off more than you can chew? Looking for a full-time job that pays absolutely nothing? Then have we got the gig for you: condo community self-management! Okay, okay. We’re having a bit of fun up there with our intro, but in reality, condominium

Supporting Our Communities, the Catalyst Way

Supporting Our Communities, the Catalyst Way

Here at Catalyst Condo Management Ltd, we make it a point to hold ourselves to a higher standard. We don’t just mean this with regards to condo management – although, of course, this is a goal that we’re constantly striving after in our day-to-day work – but in how we carry ourselves within our communities, as well.

How to Build an Effective and Rewarding Condo Board

How to Build an Effective and Rewarding Condo Board

Getting people excited about sitting on their building’s condo Board of Directors can be a bit of a tough sell – and honestly, we can’t say that we blame anyone for being reluctant to make the commitment. Condo boards have earned themselves a bit of a bad rap. Oftentimes, all that residents hear about are

How to Break Up with Your Condo Management Company

How to Break Up with Your Condo Management Company

Breaking up is hard to do – especially when it comes to your condo management company. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to make a change, because just like that one boyfriend you had who insisted that flipflops DO SO count as “formal attire,” you deserve better. That said, it’s never easy cutting ties with the folks

Condo Manager or Property Manager: What’s the Difference?

Condo Manager or Property Manager: What’s the Difference?

Condo Managers and Property Managers are not the same thing. There, we said it. While they are similar, there are clear differentiators that separate these two roles. It’s important that your condo board delineate the differences between the two services to ensure that you and your condo unit owners receive the proper service

Building Clarity on Condo Bylaws

Building Clarity on Condo Bylaws

A common condo owner / condo board discretion tale: a condo unit owner recently changed their washing machine in their suite. Unfortunately, as the individual unit owner replaced their machine, the hose used to connect to the water supply

Did You Drink the Wrong Kool-Aid?

Did You Drink the Wrong Kool-Aid?

What your condo management contract is actually saying In reading your Condominium Management Services Contract, do you feel like it’s not talking to you? “There’s so much jargon,” “it’s full of redundancies, but isn’t saying anything clearly,

Board Bully Tearing Your Condo Apart?

Board Bully Tearing Your Condo Apart?

We’ve all been around them – the one person who needs to be heard, who always has an opinion and likes to make sure everyone knows it. But, what if this person is doing more damage than good to the overall effectiveness of your condo board?

Thinking of Joining Your Condo Board?

Thinking of Joining Your Condo Board?

Making real impact from within for your condo building This is it! This is the year you’re joining your Condo Board to become more involved with your condo community. Before you sign up, make sure you understand the realities of what being an effective