Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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condo owner • S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 34 association matters Meyer sets up a Disaster Recovery Center, or warm site, which allows them to quickly estab- lish operations at the Meyer Services Building in Foley if they are unable to operate from their Gulf Shores or Perdido Key offices, Nelson said. The Disaster Recovery site has been tested and retested for ease of operation and readied for action with all of the equipment and back-up technology - servers, telephones, computers and generators - necessary to continue operations until they can return to coastal offices, Nelson said. Specially trained service teams perform inspections to provide owners with assessments as soon as possible. After The Storm Property owners understandably want to assess the damage for themselves as soon as an "all clear" is given to return to the disaster area. Don't be too quick about returning, experts say. One of the first mistakes a property owner can make is to "take off as soon as you hear the 'all clear' and to be one of the first ones to get your property back in order," said Josh Tatum, vice president of engineering and principal partner at Building Engineer-Consultants, Inc. "Believe me, if it is bad, it is not going to get much worse if you simply take the time to prepare your return." Property owners are far better off learning the extent of the damages while they still have the re- sources to gain information and prepare, he said. Before returning, make calls and buy the things you will need on your return. Once you do return, you have to be prepared for an environment where you may not have electricity for weeks, there is limited access to food and water and a landscape that is barely recognizable. Cell phone use can be spotty as well. Let your engineer provide the numbers and data for filing your insurance claim, not the insur- ance adjuster, Fell said. It is best to have a third-party professional define your damages and fair market value based on his experience working with local contractors. n Meyer Vacation Rentals The Meyer Vacation Rentals team responds to storms with a team that starts preparing in the spring. Prepare Your Property n Maintain your building's exterior includ- ing roof, cladding, windows, doors, seal- ants and coatings throughout the year. n Document existing condition of your property with photographs before hurricane season. n Identify your attorney, contractor and engineer and execute a contract with them for post-hurricane services. n Provide the necessary credentials to your engineer, as well as other vendors to access your property after the storm. n Check and maintain your generator operation. n Check and maintain opening protec- tion, the level of wind-resistant features built into your home. That includes hur- ricane shutters, reinforced garage doors and impact resistant coverings. n Develop a plan to secure all items on the exterior of your building in the event you must evacuate. n Source: Josh Tatum, vice president of engineering at Building Engineer- ing-Consultants, Inc. in Destin, Fla.

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