How Many Years Should an HOA Reserve Study Cover?

Jul 19, 2019 10:15:26 AM / by HOA Manager

So, your homeowners association is contemplating doing a reserve fund study. Perhaps you are a new HOA and need to establish and start funding the reserves; or, you are an older HOA that has had a reserve for years, but it is time to update it. How many years should your HOA reserve study cover?

Well, it depends. HOA communities vary in size, age and the number and dollar value of the capital assets they own. They choose different maintenance strategies for short-lived and longer-lived capital assets. Let’s explore some of these issues.

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What is a Reserve Study and Why Should an HOA Board Care?

May 29, 2019 11:28:56 AM / by HOA Manager

As a homeowner or renter in a homeowners association, you know the importance of setting aside a little bit of money each month in case of an emergency. After all, you never know when you might have to replace an appliance or take your car to the mechanic. In order to effectively do this you’ve probably analyzed your budget and determined an amount that you can comfortably set aside each month so it’s there when you really need it.

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When Misguided Attempts to Keep HOA Fees Low Affect the Reserve Fund

Aug 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

The reserve fund of a homeowners association is often misunderstood by members and sometimes the HOA board as well. Some see it as a slush fund that is to be used on a "rainy day"' when the association gets low on cash in the operating account. Others, although they may understand the need to have some measure of reserve cash, do not make the connection that reserve funds are being reserved for the particular components within the community that the association is responsible for, such as roads, roofing, siding, fencing, painting, and equipment replacement.

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Quick Cheat Sheet: Clarifying the HOA Operating & Reserve Budgets

Mar 20, 2015 2:15:00 PM / by HOA Manager

You have many responsibilities as an HOA board member that require you to make decisions and take action. Some of the most important decisions the Board of a homeowners association has to make are financial decisions. It’s challenging to try and remember what funds from the operating budget covers and what funds from the reserve budget will pay for.

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6 Questions HOA Board Members Ask About Operating & Reserve Budgets

Oct 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

An area where a lot of HOA board members get into trouble relate to properly understanding the operating fund and the reserve fund in a homeowners association. If the two funds aren’t properly maintained a Board can be setting up the Association for failure and don’t even know it. It’s crucial that Boards understand how to use the operating fund and reserve fund, and use them correctly so they don’t find the Association in financial ruin.

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7 FAQs About Doing a Reserve Study in Your Homeowners Association

Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

“What is a reserve study and how do we do one?” This is an important question that board members should be asking in your homeowners association. If you don’t know the last time a reserve study was done in your association or why you should even do one, then you’re in the right place to learn the answers to frequently asked questions about reserve studies.

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Why You Can't Afford To Not Have an HOA Reserve Fund

Feb 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

An HOA Reserve Fund is one of the most important things a Board can plan for its association, however, many Board members misunderstand what it is, why it’s needed, or how to get it implemented. Knowing the basics about an HOA reserve fund and the reasons it’s crucial you have one will help set your community up for success.

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