How can you be sure your community is making the right long-term decisions about exterior maintenance? For Sterling Meadow, a townhome community in West Boylston, Mass., the answer was to work with Schernecker Property Services (SPS).
“We had been repairing and painting the original siding on our five buildings as long as anyone can remember,” says Board President Linda Amsden. “When I first moved here, we repainted every five years. But over time, paint wouldn’t even last three years. It didn’t matter how many times we power washed and replaced rotted boards. The paint was peeling off in sheets. That was the pattern until we brought in SPS to handle the painting.”
Schernecker Property Services provides building envelope replacement, repair, and maintenance services for condominium communities. After more than 25 years and thousands of clients, the firm is known for its expertise and commitment to doing the job right. “SPS saw that our peeling paint was only the tip of the iceberg,” says Amsden.
SPS was concerned that the property’s original pine siding and trim were failing at an accelerating rate. Worse, the cost to repair areas of rotted sheathing and framing on multiple buildings would greatly exceed the community’s already strained maintenance budget.
“It felt like we were trapped,” says Amsden. “Every year we would budget to paint a building and every year the cost increased. We needed to take action. But our real problem was we didn’t know what we were up against, what options made sense, and what we could afford. That’s when SPS told us about the Savings BluePrint.”