Maintenance and Repairs

March 24, 2022 Published by Grand River Chapter - By Maggie Matian

The “Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldas” of Condominium Repairs

By a show of hands, how many of us have ignored a simple repair, only for it to become a large, complicated pain later on?

By a show of hands, how many of us have ignored a simple repair, only for it to become a large, complicated pain later on? 

Whether it was a case of not having enough time, or not knowing whose responsibility the repair fell under, one ignored repair can oftentimes turn into a stack of pricey problems. 

So, how do we avoid the “should, coulda, wouldas” of condominium repairs? Oftentimes, it’s beneficial to retrace our steps and go back to the root of the problem. 

Understanding Core Responsibilities 

Whether condominium manager, unit owner, or building owner, it’s important to understand each other’s core responsibilities. Concerned if a leaky pipe is yours to fix? Make sure your board is aware of all issues as soon (or as close to) as they occur, and that professional advice is sought after right from the get-go. 

Know Your Condominium Resources 

When was the last time there was a scheduled general walk-through? Is there a contractor that your condominium typically uses? Having regularly scheduled walk-throughs and communicating the appropriate dates with all parties is crucial to building a community of trust. Organize regular check-ins within your condominium community to nurture an environment where hiding, or downplaying a repair issue becomes a seldom habit.

Don’t Ignore the Small Stuff 

It’s tempting. A small crack here, one leaky faucet there. It won’t hurt anyone, right? Unfortunately, this is something we are all guilty of. Don’t put off tomorrow, what you can do today. It’s never a good feeling when you walk into a problem, knowing that if it had been handled earlier, it wouldn’t be running up your financial bill as high as it is now. 

Hearing the word “repairs” shouldn’t send your body into a shockwave. If you backtrack to the root of what derailed a complicated repair issue, it can typically be summed up into those three parts: not understanding core responsibilities, being unaware of crucial resources, and ignoring the “small” stuff until it explodes in your face. 

Cultivate your community, and always remember to reach out to your condominium board for any support or advice you may need. 

Maggie Matian
Marketing Manager for CCI Grand River


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