Finding the best qualified community management company is no easy feat. To help developers narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of the top five questions you should ask each prospective candidate.
- How do you assist developers with community documents and budgetary issues?
A community management company should alleviate the stress of dealing with budgets.
- How do you develop a great neighborhood?
Every developer wants to create a strong community. A good candidate will have a unique vision that can help a developer reach its goals.
- How do you create a physical environment that promotes a sense of community?
Neighbors need safe, comfortable spaces to meet each other. A community manager needs to take into consideration the quality and quantity of physical meeting areas to ensure the neighborhood fosters the highest levels of neighbor participation.
- How do you keep neighborhoods safe?
The most important feature of any community is safety. If a family doesn’t feel safe living their daily lives, the neighborhood will never maintain a sense of community. A professional community manager should have experience establishing safety measures like block watches and raising awareness.
- How do you encourage homeowner participation in the HOA?
A strong community management company will know how to encourage member involvement and ensure their participation is productive. This involvement is critical for HOA success. A 2012 Community Associations Institute (CAI) survey found 70% who live in HOA communities rated their experience as positive.