|Handling Maintenance||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Norman Gauss (normangausscharter.net)|
|Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:25:17 -0700 (PDT)|
I am searching for answers to some thorny maintenance problems we are experiencing at Oak Creek Commons Cohousing in Paso Robles, CA. Perhaps I can learn how other communities handle keeping their places from falling apart. We are ten years old, and original equipment is starting to break down. In addition, we have experienced major failures of underslab copper pipes requiring repiping of several units. At one time, we had a robust Facilities Committee, but gradually people moved away or became less vigorous over time . At the moment we are operating with only one 79-year old full time member (myself) with the other technically oriented members available only occasionally for small tasks because of their day jobs or people serving in a non-technical clerical capacity (secretary). We have lots of committees here at OCC, but the least favorite is Facilities. Our complex consists of 13 buildings on 4 acres of landscaping. We are losing ground in the maintenance effort. Do other cohousing communities have similar problems? Do others hire professional managers? We are also looking for a handyman we can keep on retainer. Do any cohousing communities hire handymen with monthly retainer fees or are successful in having professional management companies perform many of the tasks that we are not doing? Our Board will be looking into these alternatives shortly, and it would be helpful to know what other communities are doing. Norm Gauss Oak Creek Commons Cohousing Paso Robles, CA 93446 805-237-0102
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