The future of any HOA lies in the hands of its board members. With that in mind, recruiting future qualified candidates should be on everyone’s radar if your current leader is looking to step down or tend to other obligations. While there is a lot at stake for HOA members and homeowners, it’s important to choose wisely. Therefore, in addition to protecting your association with a customized LA HOA Insurance program, heed the following advice.
Start the conversation early.
Start talking with new and existing homeowners about their interest in the board and becoming a leader. Further, if a new homeowner moves in, your HOA should take the time to get to know him or her and discuss potential openings on the board.
Be wary of a lack of time.
Busy professionals, such as a CPA, might have skills that the HOA can use, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he or she will have the time to contribute to the association.
“Look at new owners’ leadership ability, communication ability and so on for potential leadership positions. But, it’s important for board members not to be coercive to get someone to volunteer for the board who doesn’t have the time to participate,” explains Debra A. Warren, principal of Cinnabar Consulting to Community Association Management. If that’s the case, suggest they join a committee to give additional advice to the HOA when needed.
Grant authority to residents.
Pay attention to the residents and their interests. For example, if you have a naturally social person, grant them the authority to be the official welcoming person upon moving in. Or, if a resident loves gardening, put them on the landscape committee. Residents are more likely to join the HOA board and get involved when their interests come into play.
Recognize their efforts.
A little praise goes a long way. Take the time to acknowledge homeowners’ efforts and for being a part of a great team. The more positive the environment is, the more likely they are to join, as well.
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