Thursday, 21 September 2017

How To Prepare Your Community For The Next Hurricane With Evercondo

How To Prepare Your Community For The Next Hurricane With Evercondo

In the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, we are reminded of the vast importance of communication and keeping communities informed and connected. When these types of events occur, there is often panic and chaos. Communities are faced with many questions about how to prepare in advance, where to find updated news, and what to do after the storm has passed. Platforms such as Evercondo are essential for staying organized and having necessary information available in one convenient location.

Before a Storm

Before a natural disaster strikes, Condo Associations and HOAs should reach out to members and let them know how they can prepare and what safety precautions to take. They can also share what the Association is doing to keep property and members safe. Instead of relying on members to get information from a variety of outlets, Evercondo can be used to send announcements via email, SMS, voice, or push notifications. Members receive important messages straight from the Association and know exactly what applies to them and what they should be doing.

After a Storm

Once the storm has passed, Evercondo can be a valuable tool in managing cleanup, ensuring that members are accounted for, and quickly accessing necessary documents whether for insurance claims or to partner with service providers. By maintaining updated contact information for all residents, Associations know who is living the community, where they live, and how to get in touch with them.
It is also a wonderful platform that makes it easier for residents to submit requests for repairs or alert the Association about potential problems. All service requests are tracked to ensure that they are not overlooked. On the flip side, the Association can notify members regarding any damage or outages and update them on progress as these problems are corrected. All messages are neatly organized in one location so board members and property managers are all on the same page and know what is happening.
By keeping communities connected, Associations can also notify residents about ways that they can help the community or others in need. There are frequently fundraisers and donation drives that take place after natural disasters or other major events. One way that members can always help – and how Evercondo has been supporting those in need – is by donating to the Red Cross. Monetary donations of any size are appreciated and go toward fulfilling the needs of those affected by disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
If your community is looking for an easy, convenient way to stay in touch with members, organize Association files and events, and make communication more efficient and effective, find out how Evercondo can help.
Evercondo is the leading web and mobile platform that facilitates quick and useful communication between community managers, HOA board, and residents. Contact us for a demonstration or sign up for a free trial to see how we can keep your communities happy today!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Tips To Prepare Your Home For A Newborn

Tips To Prepare Your Home For A Newborn- Courtesy of Anita Clark 

About Anita Clark Realtor

Anita Clark has written 879 posts on this blog.
 Anita is a residential Real Estate Agent in Warner Robins Georgia, with Coldwell Banker SSK Realtors (478) 953-8595, aiding buyers and sellers with all their real estate questions on her Warner Robins blog.

Whether you just bought a house or are a longtime homeowner, it can still be a daunting task to prepare your home for a newborn. That is especially true if you are expecting the birth of your first child. Obviously, you will want to make preparations long before you go into labor.
Obviously you will rely on friends and family for advice, but in the event they are not available or you are seeking out answers for yourself, this checklist will help. There really is no substitute to being ready, so do not procrastinate, and be sure to follow the tips below to prepare your home for a newborn!

Your Baby Will Need A Place To Sleep

Now that is obvious but there is more to it then that so you need to weigh your options before deciding on a course of action. For instance, some may choose a co-sleep option and will not buy any type of bed for a newborn. Many others will buy a crib, Moses basket, and/or bassinet. It is entirely up to you.
Another thing you should plan ahead is a bedroom for your baby. Initially you may choose to share a bedroom with your newborn to monitor them or for convenience of feedings. How quickly or slowly they get their own space is a personal decision but you should plan ahead for the eventuality of not sharing a bedroom with your baby.

Changing Table

The first year of your baby’s life will be packed with diaper changing, and you will need a clean and convenient working station for this activity. Your options are limited here but the style and location are not, especially if you or a loved one are handy. You could buy/make a changing table or settle with a changing pad which can be placed anywhere there is a flat surface.
Do not fret if you do not have enough time or money to initially setup a space. You will soon find you can change your baby’s diaper basically anywhere. On top of a bed, low cabinet, table, or even the floor will do the trick. Just make sure you sanitize common areas after changing your baby.

Provide Clothing For A Newborn

A pretty basic need. But, have you seen the prices for new baby clothes? Yikes! Let family buy the initial clothes if that is an option since newborns grow so quickly and you will not get as much use out of the clothes as you think you might. Instead, focus on 6 months+ if possible.
There is nothing wrong with getting hand-me-downs or buying used. In fact, you can save a lot of money that you will need elsewhere if you forego buying new and instead buy clothes at yard sales, thrift stores, or use old baby clothes from your relatives and close friends.
Ensure you have plenty of room to store, by size, the items you acquire. While a dresser is the obvious choice, you can also get decent closet and under-the-bed storage options if you shop around.

Purchase Bottles and/or A Breast Pump

Babies eat, sleep, and poop. Period. Having a plan for feedings is fairly easy as you will breast feed, bottle feed, or use a combination of the two. Of course these are personal choices so do what you feel is best for your particular situation. In some cases, for women who have difficulties breastfeeding, the choice to bottle feed will be made for you.
If you decide to breastfeed, buying a pump is an option you will want to consider. One of the benefits of a breast pump is it will allow you to plan ahead for future meals. This is beneficial as your significant other can periodically do the 2:00am feeding and allow you to catch up on a few hours of sleep. 😉

Prepare Your Car For The Baby

Your newborn needs to be strapped in a child restraint system in order to take them home from the hospital. In fact, anytime they ride in the vehicle ensure they are safely strapped in. Not sure what you need? Check out this handy car seat recommendations for children resource.
This is another purchase that may be more practical to buy used or acquire from a family or friend, especially if the car seat is in good condition and/or relatively new. Like all things given, if you keep it in good shape, consider paying it forward to someone else when your baby moves up to a larger sized car seat. Think safety first whatever you decide!

De-Clutter The House

Chances are you will be nesting before the baby arrives so use the opportunity to de-clutter, clean, and get organized if your energy level allows. If you are in the midst of a rental or home ownership move, it could be beneficially to leave the job to a bond cleaning expert or other professional service to free up some much needed time. Whatever the case, the cleaner and more organized your home is before the baby arrives, the better. You will initially be too tired to deal with those chores once the baby is born so tackle the tasks while you can.
The easiest way to dispose of all unneeded items is to organize a yard sale or donate to charity. If there is stuff which is more valuable and you do not have enough space for it, consider renting storage space so you can still enjoy the items in the future.

Install A Screen Door

In case you decided to set up a nursery for your newborn, it is worth considering changing the standard door with a wooden screen door. It is unorthodox, but they are incredibly practical and can help protect your baby’s room from pets and curious guests, and you will be able to hear any sounds and see through the screen without disturbing your newborn.
If you are creative, they are very easy to paint and decorate to match the rest of the nursery. Another good addition is a decorative window shade or colorful blinds which will help shut out light so your baby can sleep. It is a practical way to be protective while maintaining functionality at the same time.

Get A Rocking Chair

This worked for both of my children and for countless others I know. The rocking motion is soothing, is convenient for feedings, and ideal for when you want to help your baby get back to sleep. They are relatively inexpensive and can be an excellent addition to any room without clashing with the existing décor. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles and will be a blessing during those long nights when you just cannot seem to get any rest.

Make Your Home Baby Friendly

You should start making your house baby friendly months before he/she arrives. Convenience is a key as you will need easy and quick access to a variety of baby essentials during your child’s first year. Baby proofing is a continual effort and should be re-done in all stages of your baby’s development.
Of course, once your kid starts crawling, you will need to re-evaluate your home safety needs and make necessary modifications.  Once your little one learns to walk, you will need to update your proofing system. Start working on making your home as baby friendly as possible, as quickly as is practical, and you will save yourself plenty of time as they begin to grow.

Purchase High-Quality Literature

Whether you are expecting your firstborn or have some previous experience raising children, having a handy baby care book is always a good option. While past experiences (if you have them) and even family, friends, and the Internet can be good resources, it is smart to better educate yourself on each of the development stages your baby will go through.
Being prepared for the myriad of issues and concerns that will crop up will help keep you level headed and aid in your decision-making process to learn, solve, and prevent future situations from getting out of control. Having high quality literature close by provides peace of mind and confidence when you most need the help.

Capture The Most Important Moments

Technology has come a long way in the past 25 years. Now it is easier than ever to capture every moment and preserve those treasured memories in a variety of ways and formats. Take advantage of the opportunities you have and when they are older the images/videos will not only be nostalgic but will be a wonderful opportunity to reminisce and share those precious memories with others (especially your kids).

Get Some Baby Gear

Think of buying a swing, which can be useful when your baby grows up a bit. It is really nice to have a bouncer, baby carrier or a play mat as well. Another useful item that is a must on many parents lists is a baby monitor, which will come in handy if your baby is in another room.
All of this items are relatively inexpensive and would make great baby shower gifts which will save you the cost of purchasing them yourself. As your child grows and develops their own unique personality, you can change the baby swag to fit their particular needs.


There are plenty of ways to prepare your home for a newborn, and those mentioned above should help out considerably during the newborn phase. As your baby grows, you will see what he/she prefers and can adjust your style accordingly.
While it is satisfying and important to buy “stuff” to help get you started and to maintain a balanced home-front, there is no substitute for love and attention. Happy days as you prepare your home for a newborn baby!

Additional Newborn Tips and Advice

Tips for your first 30 days via
First-Time Parents Guide at

    Sunday, 10 September 2017

    A beginner's guide to buying appliances
    (NC) With so many options to consider, shopping for appliances can sometimes feel overwhelming. Function, size and design — it's about finding the right model for your lifestyle. Here are a few helpful insights from The Home Depot Canada to consider before making your next appliance purchase.


    The sky's the limit when it comes to configuration — top-mount, bottom-mount and side-by-side are just the beginning. Review your daily needs and consider special features such as easy access doors, multi-tier freezer sections, icemakers, second refrigerator drawer options, convertible freezer sections, wine chillers and even smart home-connected capabilities.

    Think outside traditional white or stainless-steel finishes. Instead, bring a contemporary feel to your kitchen with slate, glossy or matte black stainless or even a warm, gold-hued veneer. 


     New designs have a host of convenient options available, like double ovens that cook at two different temperatures simultaneously and warming and baking drawers to help with multi-tasking and entertaining. If space is tight, also consider installing a separate cooktop for maximum flexibility in your kitchen.

    Cooking requirements.
     If take-out is your regular go-to, a standard electric model will work for your needs. However, if you are an aspiring chef take it up a notch and consider going with either gas or induction, which both deliver intense heat for quick cooking and boiling. If you have small children, induction cooking is a safer alternative because the coils are underneath glass, protecting little hands.


    Take the work out of washing dishes by opting for a dishwasher with multiple tiers and washer arms for full water coverage. To ensure your cycle doesn't stop until your dishes are clean, look for models with new sensor technology that monitor food debris in the water. Ensure the model you choose considers future changes to your family size so it grows with you, and look into getting a model with a third rack.

    Energy efficient options can provide long-term savings to your monthly bills. For example, two-drawer dishwashers operate like separate dishwashers in one unit, offering increased flexibility and efficiency. To save you time, look for bonus features like quiet operation or advanced cleaning functions.

    Yes, even resale homes can come with a warranty

    (NC) Are you looking to buy – or have you just bought – a resale house or condominium unit that is less than seven years old? If so, there...