If you saw the title of this post 2 years ago, you would have thought whoever wrote it was out of their mind. But NOW, in 2021, this is a relevant topic... And you need to know these key tips to stay safe. Let's break it down...

Thankfully, the world scene seems to be changing for the better.

We may see the end of COVID-19, but until then, we want to make sure your HOA and community association stay as safe as possible.

Here are some tips to do just that, as well as what we are doing to make sure we stay safe, too.

Use Video Conferencing Like A Pro!

At this point, we’ve all come to understand the value of video conferencing programs like Zoom… and we’ve all seen some pretty embarrassing Zoom moments- from viral TikTok videos to your aunt’s unflattering angles at the weekly family Zoom call. So here are some tips to help you step up your zoom game!

    • To avoid undue distractions, choose a simple background. If you’re using a cloth backdrop, make sure it's black - on video, wrinkles and such won’t show up on black fabric.
    • Watch your lighting! If your lighting is coming from the back or the side, your face - or parts of it - will be darkened or shady. Instead, make sure you have steady, even light in front of your face.
    • Eye-to-eye contact is best for video conferencing. No one wants to look up your nose! Position your camera at eye-level, possibly with a slight tilt downward if you prefer.

Utilizing Online Resources

Living in a digital age has it's perks! Why not take advantage of them?

  • Quarantining or sheltering in place isn’t really conducive to being “neighborly”. To keep people in your community connected, start a community Facebook Group.
  • Limit the amount of hand-to-hand exchanges such as accepting cash and checks. Look into companies like Square to start accepting various payments electronically. 

What exactly do you need to clean and sanitize?

It is an HOA’s responsibility to keep all common or public areas in the community safe for residents.

  • Ensure all surfaces and “touchpoints'' are regularly cleaned and disinfected. These include door handles, elevator buttons, and handrails.

We can't wait until things truly go back to "normal", but in the meantime, we hope these tips will help you and your community association.

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