Atlanta Community Management Blog

Take a Hike

Web Admin - Thursday, November 16, 2017

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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.

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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...

Holiday Décor and ACC Requests

Web Admin - Monday, November 28, 2016

Decorating for the holidays is both a nostalgic treasure and a beloved tradition. While your neighbors may think their handmade paper mache snow man looks great on their front porch, you secretly know that you and everyone else in the community would prefer if they kept it inside. When you live in a covenant protected community, you may be protected from odd decorations and bright lights that seem to be sprinkled through every neighborhood during the holidays. If you want to join in on the celebrations by decorating your home, make sure that your community does not require an architectural request or variance request before you place Santa Claus and his reindeer (or any other decorations) in your front lawn to prevent violations and fines this holiday season. As always, be sure the decorations you intend to place are current with OSHA Electrical Safety Standards and local code enforcement standards.  read more...

4 Fun & Easy Ways to Build Community in Your Neighborhood

Web Admin - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Whether you have been in the neighborhood for years or just moved in, building positive relationships with your neighbors is an essential step to ensuring comradery and comfort within your community. The process of creating the desired environment within the community can range from simple to unique. Backyard Realty Group DBA Tolley Community Management presents some ideas to kick start a positive community engagement process:  read more...

Today is Boss's Day!

Web Admin - Monday, October 17, 2016

Boss's Day, which was originally conceptualized in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski in an effort to focus on the time and energy placed into creating a great work environment, is a day to celebrate and appreciate those who lead. Here at TCM we have one person to thank for his perseverance and determination to create a thriving business, Mike Tolley.  read more...

How to Assemble a Budget for Your Community Association

Web Admin - Monday, October 03, 2016

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...

3 {Very} Important Reasons to Conduct a Reserve Study for Your Community!

Web Admin - Thursday, September 22, 2016

You may be concerned that your community is running out of money, but can’t figure out why or perhaps you just need to figure out how to save money for that big community-wide project coming up. As a board member for your community, you have a lot of weight on your shoulders when it comes to properly managing your community's funds. By conducting a reserve study, you will not only find out how to make the money you're using more efficient, but also what great projects you can do with the money you'll save once the reserves are fully funded.  read more...