I'm a Realtor since 1980. It is my experience that carpet is a bad idea and a waste of money. Invest in some sort of tile or some sort of more durable, washable, easy-maintenance material and it will pay for itself in spades. Not to mention it will always look good, making a better inpression on prospective buyers and visitors.
I agree with Ana Anderson suggesting that the carpet be removed and replaced with tiling. This would eliminate most of the problems you cited. However, if the community is dealing with other problematic maintenance issues, I would recommend that instead of just asking the board to do something about it, send a certified letter to the board (c/o of the Management Company)addressing your concerns and that since the matter has been going unattended, that it be placed on the agenda for the next board meeting for discussion and input. If the matter is still ignored and the Board does honor your request to place it on their agenda at the next open Board Meeting. Board members generally address certified letters because now you have something on record which requires them to respond. Good luck.
Carpeted common areas are ALWAYS a challenge and problem. Without a scheduled routine cleaning twice a year and a monthly spot cleaning maintenance program, you will always have issues. Tile is a good idea, except the volume of noise in the common areas will increase significantly as carpet helps absorb a lot of the noise and vibrations. In some of our buildings we installed carpet tiles/squares. These can easily be replaced if a stain cannot be removed. They can also be taken out, washed with a hose, etc., and re-installed. Just another option...
All the suggestions are right on. Carpet is a problem.
In some of our properties, we have found that inexpensive surveilance cameras in the common areas do an amazing job of keeping most people honest. If your pet or friends make a mess, the cameras are a not so subtle reminder to be responsible.
Noone wants to end up on You Tube or be part of the entertainment at the next HOA meeting?
Best and cost efficient is the title, you may evaluate the cost of maintaining the carpet property vs. title and see which one is less expensive
I was the president of my association 2 years year. We ripped the old carpet off, resurfaced the concrete floors/good cleaning, glue removal/, painted and added decorative speckles /from Home Depot, I believe/, put a coat of non-slid finish. The floors look more like marble, easier to maintain. Any spills can be wiped, the floors can be swept. I recommend it.
So I had been looking at some different flooring stores in Calgary
and realized that the condo I am in has a lot of damage. Would there be a possibility in getting that fixed or should I just not worry about it?
You should have a written check list/contact that says how often things are to be cleaned. Such as tile and grout cleaning
, common area cleaning, etc.
I strongly recommend getting a professional or expert opinion on carpet care and showing it to the HOA board. With high traffic areas, cleaning the carpets should occur once a month (minimum), not once a year. I cleaned carpets for a while at a college, in the high traffic classrooms we would scrub and wash every week on a rotation. If the board doesn't listen, you can get an inspection seeing if the filth qualifies as unhealthy living conditions - that should get the board going.
The carpets need to be cleaned more often. Cleaning the carpets once a year is like taking a bath once a week. Go talk to your landlord and explain to them why the carpets need to be cleaned more often. http://www.allcleancarpetcr.com/services.html
Maybe the cleaner doesn't have good cleaning equipment. If he doesn't have a good vacuum, for example, maybe he doesn't have enough time to be completely thorough. He might be limited by time or equipment and may not be lazy.
Jen Kirk | http://www.langleyvacandsew.com/en/
I would recommend to the Association to hire a cleaning service. There are tons of professional cleaners that could come and do that for you on a weekly or biweekly basis. That would insure that all of the cleaning is not only completed but completed properly. http://www.armstrongsweeping.com/sweeping.htm
If there are that many accidents happening on the carpet, then you should definitely have it cleaned more often. Sometimes if stains aren't taken care of right away they can create issues underneath the carpet, where you can't see. I agree with Ana Anderson. For the common areas the HOA should remove the carpet and invest in a flooring that is easier to clean and maintain. It may cost money now, but in the long run they will save money because they don't have to do the carpet cleaning.
Claudia Rosenburg | http://www.aaacleaningteaminc.com/Floor_Removal.html
Your association could save themselves a lot of money and grief if they simply hired a cleaning company to maintain the buildings. In the long run, it's cheaper, because the carpets and other amenities won't have to be replaced as often. If you can get enough people with you, you might change the board's mind.
Jenn | http://www.officecleaningmorriscountynj.com
Our association does very well at keeping up with the maintenance. I was really glad that they broke up the concrete in front of our house, and replaced the side walk. It was just an accident waiting to happen before. http://www.nationalconcretecutting.com/
Carpet can get nasty pretty quickly if it's not well maintained. I think a classy tile flooring would look nice. Plus, it wouldn't be so easily stained.
Anita Mas | http://www.stoneandtilecare.net
I would get the other residents/owners opinions on the matter. Maintenance cost, like carpet cleaning, will eventually be passed on to all of you. The HOA may be more inclined to take you seriously if you have more residence behind you and if you get quotes and opinions from multiple carpet cleaning companies. Do some research and good luck! http://www.allaroundtowncarpetcare.com/carpet-cleaning
That is always a problem when your maintenance isn't doing the job that you pay them for. I have never had to put up with this before, and I hope I never have to. There is so much maintenance to do though at a condo, like carpet cleaning and plumbing. http://www.kleanriteservices.com/en/
You're spot on. Contact the contractor. Then move on from there.
The exterior means everything. It shows the whole design. I would hope that those ideas would really help.
I know how you feel! Our HOA neglected roof and gutter maintenance. I had to go and get quotes for the needed moss removal and shingle replacement before they moved an inch. Sadly they took so long that some of the rain gutters needed to be entirely replaced, but now we have to contact info for a gutter cleaning company. http://guttersuckers.com/moss_removal
I think the HOA should just repair things when you first notify them. The damage just gets worse when you don't fix it right away, which means they end up paying more. They could save themselves some money and some trouble. http://www.andersonflooringma.com