ADVERTISEMENT



Google       

Home -> Law Blog Directory -> Real Estate & Property Law Blogs -> a View from the property line

OR PHONE (866) 635-1838 for Bankruptcy Help, (866) 635-6190 for Divorce,
(866) 635-2689 for Personal Injury or (866) 635-9402 for Criminal Defense

Find a Local Lawyer

Bankruptcy (866) 635-1838
Divorce (866) 635-6190
Personal Injury (866) 635-2689
Criminal Defense (866) 635-9402

Bookmark

Real Estate & Property Law

: a View from the property line

Painting the Town (Community Common Areas) Red

By William G. Gammon

ADVERTISEMENTS
Here are four simple tips to heed when it comes time to paint the common areas in your Community:

(1) Don't let the contractor supply the paint. The Association is much better off supplying the paint for a variety of reasons -- (i) no delays while waiting for paint to arrive on the jobsite; (ii) better control over where and how the paint is applied (and whether all the paint earmarked for your community gets USED in your community - not always a given); (iii) ensure paint quality.

(2) Don't agree to a "time and materials" approach to bidding the paint project. With a "time and materials" approach, costs can go spiraling out of control, leaving the Association with a bloated paint bill and a hole in its pocketbook. The bill will always be higher if you allow the contractor to charge for all hours spent on the job as well as every item procured. This method also fails to account for hidden costs and other potentially costly variables such as weather conditions or pre-paint preparation. Try securing a contractor via a fixed-price bid instead and avoid the money pit. A fixed-price bid also eliminates the need for heavy-handed monitoring of the contractor to ensure that the job is finished in a timely manner. With a fixed-price bid, the contractor is incentivized to finish in the shortest amount of time to maximize profit.

(3) Don't bite off more than you can chew (don't paint too much at one time.) If the Association plans on painting several buildings in the Community, try limiting active painting to three buildings or less at any one time. Expanding the scope of the job may cause lapses between the time a building is cleaned/prepped for painting and the actual paint job (this could lead to a less effective paint job if the buildings get dirty again.) Also, limiting the scope of the project minimizes resident inconvenience and reduces the incidence of complaints from members.

(4) Don't forget about waste disposal. Make sure that the Association and contractor agree upon who will be responsible for the cleanup and removal of waste generated throughout the painting project. Make sure that the contractor is well versed in the location of the Community's dumpsters and/or local laws regarding disposal that could get the Association in legal hot water if compliance is not observed.


*thanks to the Insider's Guide to Managing Community Associations for excerpts used in the compilation of this article

Full post as published by a View from the property line on September 25, 2006 (boomark / email).

Bloggers, promote your law blog by nominating your blog for inclusion in USLaw.com's Law Blog Directory and RSS Reader. Benefits described.
Related Law Blog Posts
Search Blog Directory:

Search Blog Directory:

Lawsuits and Settlements

Related Searches

























































































































US Law
#1 Online Legal Resource













Your Blog Subscriptions
Subscribe to blogs

10,000+ Law Job Listings
Lawyer . Police . Paralegal . Etc
Earn a law-related degree
Are you the author of this blog? Adding USLaw.com to your Blogroll increases relevance. You qualify to display a USLaw Network badge.
Suggest changes to this blog's description or nominate another for inclusion. Register for updates.


Practice Area
Zip Code:

Contact a Lawyer Now!