Category: Maintenance

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elevators Cost How Much to Maintain!?

Elevators Cost How Much to Maintain!?

Living in a condo building, we use our elevators without a thought – they’re a part of our everyday lives.  Reliable and convenient, it’s easy to forget that elevators are complex machines designed with our safety first and foremost in mind.  So, it may come as a shock to condo owners when they realize just […]

Fall is Here: Preparing Your Building for Colder Weather

Fall is Here: Preparing Your Building for Colder Weather

“Fall is here” might not have quite the same ominous ring to it as announcing that winter will soon arrive, but in the world of condo management, keeping an eye on the imminent approach of autumn is likely a better bet for your condo board to concern itself with.  After all, for many Alberta condo […]

Condo Fire Inspections: What Residents Need to Know

Condo Fire Inspections: What Residents Need to Know

Moving into a new condo is an exciting change. Between unpacking your belongings and decorating your new space, there’s a lot to think about. In the hustle and bustle, however, it’s easy to miss a few key details during your first week. One important step you don’t want to forget is becoming familiar with condo […]

What Happens When Your Condo Building Needs a New Roof?

What Happens When Your Condo Building Needs a New Roof?

It’s easy to take your condo’s roof for granted when it’s in great condition, but when it requires repairs, it’s time to give your roof some thought. Realizing your condo building needs a new roof means you’ll need to do a bit of research to determine who is responsible for repairs and what options are […]

The Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning in Condos

The Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning in Condos

Spring cleaning in condos doesn’t have to be difficult. The efficient size of most condos is a plus when it comes to deep cleaning your home. With less area to clean, you can save time and energy. Still, when it comes to thoroughly tidying your condo, strategically planning your cleaning spree will prevent you from […]

What to Do If Your Smoke Detector Keeps Chirping

What to Do If Your Smoke Detector Keeps Chirping

We’ve all heard them. High pitched, excruciating beeps that happen every few minutes, like clockwork. No, you likely don’t have a cricket loose in your condo. Those ear-splitting chirps are coming from your smoke detector. Smoke detectors in condos can emanate these noises for a variety of reasons. One of the first things you’ll want […]

The Ups and Downs of Snow Removal in Condo Communities

The Ups and Downs of Snow Removal in Condo Communities

Blizzards are an inevitable part of living in Alberta. In a province where the lowest temperature on record is an ultra-frigid -61.1 degrees Celsius, unpleasant winter weather is inescapable— and with it comes the trouble of snow removal. For condo owners and boards, in particular, snow and ice removal can be a sore point. Since […]

Improving Your Condo Building’s Energy with Solar Power

Improving Your Condo Building’s Energy with Solar Power

Solar power as a renewable energy resource has taken huge strides in the past few years. In fact, due to current government funding, it’s now even more economically feasible to install a complete solar system that can operate. In fact, it’s also now cheaper to produce solar energy than energy from fossil fuels, due to […]

Discover Your Building’s Intelligence for a More Efficient Condominium

Discover Your Building’s Intelligence for a More Efficient Condominium

At Catalyst, industry innovation drives us to continue improving how we support our condo property management clients. Part of this involves viewing condo buildings as an interconnected environment, identifying how to tie together building maintenance planning with capital planning efforts. The end goal? To help our clients better utilize their resources. To support our condo […]

Green Bins and Your Condo Building

Green Bins and Your Condo Building

Green bins are finally coming to Calgary, bringing a much needed “greenness” to our city. But what does this mean for your condo building? How will your condo manage the aspects of implementing this new program and, once implemented,

Revolving door to your condo building?

Revolving door to your condo building?

How Airbnb and short term leasing affects your condo living Your condo unit is your home, so you should be able to do whatever you want with it (that’s legal, of course), right? Not so fast. Part of the role of your condo board is to ensure the security