Kuester Management Group Shares Tips for Reducing Risk of HOA Special Assessments

Kuester Management Group sheds light on ways the HOA can be proactive in managing expenses and minimizing shortfalls.
By: Kuester Management Group
 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - May 13, 2022 - PRLog -- Strong financial management and planning can empower HOAs to operate effectively and create an enjoyable community while reducing the likelihood of needing to administer a special assessment. Special assessments are one-time payments charged on top of normal dues to meet unexpected financial needs. Kuester Management Group has released a statement to the press regarding how effective planning can decrease the need for additional charges.

"In many associations, special assessments are rare," says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. "But in the event that they are necessary, it can raise a lot of questions about why the situation occurred and what the HOA can do to prevent similar situations in the future."

Establishing a detailed budget that accounts for all of the association's expenses is a good place to start, says Kuester. If board members do not have a strong financial background, work with a reputable professional who can provide sound insight and guidance. Conducting regular reserve studies and maintaining a well-funded reserve account can also position the HOA to handle larger expenses without having to issue a special assessment.

Do not be afraid to raise dues as necessary to keep pace with rising costs. Small increases from year to year can be more affordable for members than a significant increase all at once. Stagnant dues can increase risk of budget shortfalls and poorly funded reserves because the HOA has only enough to get by or is falling behind.

The board should also review its insurance policies to ensure adequate coverage and reduce out-of-pocket expenses should disaster strike. Paying for bare minimum coverage can mean increased costs later. Compare options and find the right fit for the association's needs, budget, and risk tolerance.

"Maintenance is another key area to focus on," says Kuester. "Being proactive about identifying and repairing issues early on can prolong the lifespan of equipment and amenities and cut down on more expensive costs later. Don't let preventive maintenance slide."

Kuester assists North Carolina and South Carolina HOAs with creating strong budgets and managing costs to reduce risk of special assessments while ensuring community needs are met.

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Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time. More information is available at www.kuester.com or @KuesterCompany.

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