By Rafael Aquino

Published May 11, 2022  


In today's blog, I wanted to provide five tips that snowbirds should follow before leaving home. 


1. Bring any items outside your home inside. If you don't have someone taking care of your condo during the summers, bring in your patio furniture, decorations, or potted plants. Most associations do not have the responsibility to do so, and if they have to during an emergency, you may find yourself with a fine or a fee being charged. 


2. Set your air conditioning unit to 78 - 80 degrees. Many people's first instinct is to turn it off completely, but doing so increases can potentially increase the risk of growing mold in the home. 


3. If your community has an onsite community manager, notify them of your departure and return dates and provide as much contact information as possible. One of the biggest challenges community managers has is access to vacant units during the summer months. It is highly recommended you leave the association a copy of the key to your condo. 


4. Shut off the water to your unit. Shutting off the water can keep your water heater and pipes from leaking or bursting. 


5. If you have hurricane shutters, consider installing them before leaving. Please make sure you speak with your Board or management company about your plan to close them early because certain association documents won't allow you to do so if they don't follow step # 3.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit www.ManagedByAffinity.com or call 1-800-977-6279

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Doral, FL 33166

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