HOA News

Welcome Home: COVID-19 & Snowbirds

COVID 19 snowbirds

Maine’s license plate says ‘Vacation Land’. This summer more than ever the return of the snowbirds will be an increased challenge for the many condo communities in those areas most popular to tourists. Maine has a significant population of condominiums along its rocky coast and mountainous regions serving as primary or secondary homes for bi-latitude….


Community Solar Farms for Condominiums

Community solar farms

A New Dawn for Condominiums: Community Solar Farms There is some good solar power news for Maine’s condominium and HOA communities. We have spoken in past articles of the unfortunate political restraints on the development of renewable energy sources in Maine by the prior Governor Paul LePage administration. Things have changed with two new solar….


HOA Webinar: Your Buildings & the Coronavirus for Managers & Board Members

coronavirus webinar for HOAs

Coronavirus Webinar for HOAs: Your Buildings & the Coronavirus Managing a building in the coronavirus world is a new challenge. Criterium Engineers, building experts who have evaluated over 750,000 buildings across the U.S. and Canada in more than 60 years in business, presents this coronavirus webinar (YouTube format) for HOA managers and board members to….


Pests: Don’t Bug Out!


Perhaps the most dreaded sound in an HOA or condo complex, other than a fire alarm or screaming siren, is repeated unit owners calls reporting a pest infestation.  Pests can come in many types of creatures, both large and small, including bats, seagulls, geese, rodents, mold spores, and wasps. For this brief article our focus….


HOA Reserve Study: How Are Engineers Different from Other Firms?

Reserve Study why hire engineers

The time has come for your homeowners’ association (HOA) to complete a reserve study. Where do you begin? An online search presents a wide range of companies that perform reserve studies for homeowner associations. Why should an HOA in need of a reserve study hire an engineer versus a reserve specialist, accountant, or other type….


Keep Absent Owners Part of the Community

Absent owners winter home

Welcome Home! Maine is often called Vacationland due to the population explosion in the summer months. This traditional influx of people not only affects coastal tourist towns and inland lake villages but also condo communities. Whether your condo is self- or professionally managed, establishing policies and planning for returning snowbirds is critical to the successful….


Association Liabilities — Ignorance is not Bliss

Association Liabilities

So what keeps you up at night? If you are a condo board member or a property manager, it might be that dreaded phone call reporting calamity at the condominium. Whether it is the report of a fire; or a frozen sprinkler leak; or an injury due to a common element failure, the association’s actions….


How to Hire a Condo Engineer: 4 Steps

Hire condo engineer

Make sure you actually need one, too They don’t teach you how to hire an engineer in school. Indeed most folks have never had the occasion to hire an engineer or an architect in their whole life. This is also true for most condominium or HOA board members. So how does a condo board go….


Is Your Condo Breathing? Why Building Ventilation is Critical

building ventilation and insulation

If your condo board is planning for a re-roofing project, remind the board the project will not be a success without an in-depth consideration being given to the condition of the building ventilation under the roof. Inadequate attic venting will cause ice dams; energy loss; and moisture damage to the roof structure. Too often roof….


Cam Grant Achieves Reserve Specialist Credential

V. Campbell Grant - Cam Grant, PE, Reserve Specialist

V. Campbell “Cam” Grant, P.E, at Criterium Engineers is a familiar face for many of our clients, especially those who represent Homeowner Associations. We’re pleased to announce that Cam recently achieved the Community Association Institute’s (CAI) Reserve Specialist (RS®) designation. The CAI website notes that this designation is awarded to qualified reserve specialists who, through….