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Winter Checklist (of FUN!!!)

Web Admin - Monday, December 18, 2017

So, the weather is turning cold (or maybe not considering this is the South), and you are looking for some fun things to entertain yourself and possibly some Holiday guests. I’ve scoured the internet for some unusual and interesting things to do in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia! read more...

The Most Popular Colors of the Year!

Web Admin - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Painting you home, whether it is the interior or exterior, can prove to be a challenging process. Especially when you are unsure of what would or would not be allowed. In most Homeowners Associations, there is a compilation of color palettes that have been “pre-approved” by the Board of Directors. If no such list exists, drive the community and take pictures of the houses and colors that you find appealing. Once you narrow down your options, we recommend sending two (2) to three (3) color schemes to your HOA when you submit the request for approval. read more...

How to Turn New Owners into Productive Community Members

Web Admin - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

New owners of any kind are a great addition to a community and help the association run. However, one issue that many Community Managers and Boards are seeing is that sometimes a new owner will buy a home in an Association and they do not always realize what it means to purchase a home in a Covenant Protected Community. This really can come as a surprise to a new owner after closing and unfortunately sometimes changes the opinion of the new owner about living in the community. So how can we make sure that this does not happen?  read more...

How to Submit an ACC Request

Web Admin - Monday, November 27, 2017

Living in an HOA can be a bit confusing at times when it comes to making an exterior change. Most people know that they need to submit the proper forms to make a change yet are not sure how to do so or where to even begin. Our goal here at Tolley Community Management (TCM) is to make the entire process as easy as possible and to be available when assistance is needed.  read more...

What Should You Look For In An Association Management Company?

Web Admin - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
An Article Written By Lisa Miranda

Finding the right management company can be tough. But just like anything you do in life, there is always a recipe! A recipe or list of items which you NEED in order to make the right decision or dessert!


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Take a Hike

Web Admin - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Take a Hike – The Mundane

Spruce Up Your Home with an Accent Wall

Web Admin - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Congratulations! You just moved into your new home. The boxes are unpacked; the furniture is placed; now all that is left is to make the house your home.

These days, almost every home has that one wall that screams “DECORATE ME”! Typically, the accent wall has an eye catching piece of furniture against it or a feature that came as part of the home. For example, the fireplace and mantle in your living room; the wall in your master bedroom where the bed was placed; your great grandmothers antique piano that is now the center point of the music room.  read more...

World Kindness Day

Web Admin - Saturday, November 11, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Merriam Webster defines kindness as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate”. What better way to spend a day than carrying out acts of kindness for everyone – family, co-workers, and even random strangers.


5 Reasons You Should Thank a Veteran Today and Every Day

Web Admin - Thursday, November 09, 2017

Veteran’s Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, is a day to celebrate and thank those who have served and protected our great country. Here at Backyard Realty Group DBA Tolley Community Management we are #VeteranOwned by Mike Tolley, who served in the Navy. We also have Michael Degrauwe ,  who also served in the Navy as well. These three veterans are a few of the  23.2 million military veterans in the United States of which should be thanked on this special day. Here are 5 reasons you should thank a veteran, today, tomorrow and always:  read more...

How to Assemble a Budget for Your Community Association

Web Admin - Monday, October 23, 2017

Assembling the budget for the next year is an important part of the board’s duties at the end of each year. This not only encourages the board to evaluate the success of the past budget, it also helps to plan upcoming projects for the next year and beyond. Additionally, assembling a budget can help the board to assess whether or not they need to conduct a reserve study or set up special assessments for the upcoming year. read more...