Archive: January, 2012

Reconstruction vs. Repair – What Is It?

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So what’s the difference between Reconstruction and Repair? Generally it’s scope of the work combined with quantity and the ability to take advantage of more modern materials, techniques and efficiencies in planning and operation into the future.


REPAIR – If a project has one deck to repair, the HOA will generally repair the one deck with an “in-kind” process and materials that are readily available at the local material supplier by a local tradesperson with and entity right-sized for the project.  The work is completed and then next year when there are 2 more decks, if the same vendor and materials are available and codes or condition have not changed, there might be a similar repair.  However, if any of the variables change, the repair will be different this time around and that process will continue until the variables change again.  This typically leads to a greater and greater challenge to manage all the variables and forecast the lifecycles and maintenance of all the assorted conditions the decks might have on the project over decades.

RECONSTRUCTION – If a similar project had 100 decks that needed attention today and another 100, 300 or more predicted to need attention in the future, a reconstruction process would be the appropriate approach.  Due to the quantity, a detailed more modern design with all the features that would make the deck reconstruction project a greater value would be included. This will drive the lifecycle longer, with less maintenance and at lower cost than typical “in-kind” repairs can be made in quantity.

The reconstruction process would assess the condition of all decks in this case and any adjacent structures that could be affected by the process to understand a one-time complete reconstruction. Plans and specifications would be generated and a tracking process instituted so that a long term process can be managed in harmony with today’s repair. Warranties and right sized vendors would also be utilized to insure the work at this scale was successful.  The role of the property manager, owner or successor would be simplified by being provided with appropriately qualified manufacturers, enforceable warranties, proper building permits, quality construction as-builts and effective care and maintenance instructions.

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Future Planning and Succession

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Future Planning and Succession - CIDologyOver the years we have witnessed the difficulties HOA’s experience as they struggle to get their arms around a set of issues, then push to gather momentum and get something done only to see the information and understanding generated fade away as time passes and new Board members or management come aboard and they confront their then current issues. Previously there was no good system to transfer or illustrate history and provide a road map of how the property was imagined to operate, what previous decisions were based on, the things learned from experience and valuable lessons of what did work and what didn’t so that others could benefit from previous efforts.  This lack represents a huge loss of resources and in today’s difficult economy seems tremendously wasteful.  We encourage all those who own and operate large scale HOA properties to seek out methods to retain future planning efforts and provide for those who will come next in an easily retrieved process so that it will be used.

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Are We On Track?

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Do you know if your HOA is well funded and on track? Are the planned repairs and budgets for current and future projects sufficient to maintain the property in a way that will continue to keep your property value at its highest? What are the plans to maintain the property and are we on track? Until now there has been no easy way to understand these very important issues about your property.  Now there is CIDology, we have designed our web based system to assist you in understanding your property at a glance or in great detail – you decide.  We hope together we can develop a better understanding of properties for people that own and operate them.

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