Phone Apps For Home Fix Up Jobs

Ready to tackle a few home improvement projects? There’s an app for that.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas


This highly-rated app—4.5 out of 5 stars in the Apple store—lets you discover ideas for your home through a large database of design ideas. You can browse photos by style, room and location, and save them to a virtual idea book. You can also find product and local professionals, and read articles by renovation experts. You can save your ideas for offline access and ask for advice from the app’s community. Available free in both Apple and Android stores.



There are many paint color apps, but this one lets you save colors based on their PANTONE ID and create colors palettes from inspiration. You’ll be able to share the exact hue you like with designers, manufacturers, family and friends. It suggests complementary colors too. Available for $9.99 in the Apple store and $7.99 in the Android store.

iHandy Carpenter


This app turns your phone into the tools you need to complete your improvement project. It features:

  • A surface level
  • A bubble level bar
  • A protractor to measure angles from 0 to 180 degrees
  • A ruler with both inches and centimeter readings
  • A plumb bob to verify the verticality of lines or walls

Once calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level and level bar also can be used as an inclinometer/clinometer by reading the angles on the screen. Available for $1.99 in both Apple and Android stores.

Have fun!!


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So Many Board Member Friends

It was so nice to see so many of our board member friends today at CA Day. Our booth stayed busy throughout the day. We wish to thank everyone that stopped by and said hello. Here are a couple of pictures from today.



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CA Day Booth 406: Come Visit Us!

C&S is set up and ready for everyone to come visit us tomorrow (Friday 03.21.14) at CA Day at the Manatee Convention Center. We are in booth 406. Be sure to put in an entry to win the money tree and we hope to see you tomorrow.

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UPDATE: Email, Data Lines Damaged

5686793863 e58857cd2d zUPDATE:  3:55 PM (03.18.14) Finally data lines have been repaired and email is again working.   

ORIGINAL POST:  During the rain storm today (03.17.14) at around 1:30 PM, the Verizon FIOS line servicing our main office encountered problems, leaving our main office, as well as all of the surrounding offices and businesses with no working data lines.   Since the C&S mail server is on this FIOS service, no email can come into or out of any C&S office.   

Verizon has tried to fix the problem remotely throughout the afternoon but have now informed us that they are very busy and will not be able to send field technicians out until tomorrow morning at the earliest.   

Attempts to contact C&S through our website will also not work as the website messages are sent to us by email.  Our phones are working and Facebook messaging is working.    We apologize for any inconvenience to our clients and hope that Verizon will fix their FIOS line quickly.  We will update you as more information becomes available.     

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CA Day is Friday, March 21st

Come visit with us at the C&S booth at Community Associations Day! We will be giving away a money tree again this year!

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Humane Society Walk-A-Thon Recap

The 2014 Humane Society of Manatee County Walk-A-Thon was a major success. Team C&S finished in second place raising over $3,000. In total the Humane Society had over 400 walkers and raised over $60,000. We wish a very big thank you to everyone who donated and supported Team C&S. As some of you know Annie and I were sidetracked to the vet instead of making it to the Walk Saturday morning. Annie had an allergic reaction to something still unknown. I am happy to report that she is doing fine and was back home after a few hours but I could tell she was very disappointed to not make the Walk. Katie pictured here ended up being C&S' only four legged walker and she did a great job! We look forward to competing again next year and are very proud to support such a great organization.

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C&S Board Member Forum Videos

chris speakingIf you missed the C&S 2014 Board Member Forum, you can watch the morning speakers' presentations by clicking on the links below.  

There was a lot covered that is not on the videos so plan to come next year and not miss any of the forum. February 19, 2015 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.   

Part One: Introductions and the first speaker, Bruce Campbell, State of Florida Condominium Ombudsman.

Part Two: Conclusion of Bruce Campbell, State of Florida Condominium Ombudsman followed by Garrett Shinn CPA and Timothy Gruters, CPA, both from Shinn and Company CPAs.

Part Three: Attorneys Stephen Thompson and Jeff Nichols from the Najmy Thompson Law Firm.

Part Four:  Conclusion of Attorney Jeff Nichols followed by Janna Jackson of Citizens Insurance.

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Team C&S Walks For Humane Society

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Team C&S is a sponsor and participant in the Paws in Motion fundraiser for the Humane Society of Manatee County. The big event is Saturday, March 8th and the walk begins at 9:00 AM along the beautiful downtown Bradenton River Walk.  

In what is becomming an annual event, Team C&S will have several dog walkers and others from our team will be handling our booth.  The above photo is from last year.  Everyone is invited to come out and visit with us (and walk if you would like).   You may help our donation drive by clicking on our Team C&S Link,  to give a donation to the Humane Society of Manatee County. Thanks and hope to see you there.

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Forum Was Big Success

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The Board Member Forum turned out great today and we had over 220 attend. Here are a few pictures from early this morning. We will have more pictures and video of the forum in a few days. Thanks to everyone who came!

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Board Member Forum Today


Today is the day!! The C&S Board Member Forum is about to start. Registration opens at 7:30AM. Hope to see everyone soon at the Manatee Performing Arts Center!

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Association Board Member Forum

C&S Management is very excited to be presenting Bruce Campbell, the Florida Condominium Ombudsman, Christine Ashburn of Citizens Insurance, Patrick Flynn from the Department of Business and Profession Regulation, along with Attorney Stephen Thompson of the Najmy Thompson Law Firm, and CPA Timothy Gruters from Shinn and Company CPA's, together in our annual Association Board Member Forum for HOA and condominium board members.  

The February 27th forum takes place in the morning and then following lunch, board members may attend the board certification class which is required by the State for HOA and condominium board members. Seating is limited so please RSVP quickly, 941-758-9454 ext 118 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

See below for more information. 

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C&S 2014 New Years Message

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Upcoming Major Education Forum

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We are very pleased that the Board Member Forum will be at the new Manatee Performing Arts Center. Here are a few photos of the center.

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Forum seating area:
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Luncheon room:
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C&S Christmas Message

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Condo/HOA Board Certification Class

C&S' Ellen Brown, CAM, CMCA, AMS, will be one of the presenters for the below Board Certification class.

This class is in Venice and you may click here to register.

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Power Outage by Main Office

power on blogUPDATE 12:20 PM:  FPL has made the necessary repairs and power has been restored throughout the area. All systems at C&S are back up and now fully operational.

UPDATE 10:30 AM:  FPL still is not able to give any information on when they believe the power outage will be resolved.  We are in the process of setting up our generators to be able to handle email and phone calls shortly.

An FPL transformer has blown near our main office and we have no power. Since all servers are now down, we are not receiving phone calls or email messages. FPL hopes to give us an update between 9:30 and 10:00 AM.

poweroutage generic new1At that time we will decide if we will need to take our generators from storage and set them up.

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C&S Thanksgiving Message

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CAI Offers Mortgage Regs Advice

home-loans1Community Associations Institute (CAI) has offered advice and support for proposed federal rules that accomplish two important CAI goals: helping more homebuyers obtain safe mortgage financing and stimulating a housing market that has struggled since home prices began falling in late 2006. Both will provide more stability to community associations across the country.  

In addition to protecting consumers from unscrupulous lending practices, the newly proposed rules are expected to accelerate the housing recovery by generating a greater flow of private capital to the mortgage market.

Importantly, the proposed rule gives condominium and HOA communities limited lien priority on foreclosed homes. That means associations would be able to collect all or at least a portion of the money that is owed to them after a foreclosure.

"This is welcome news for tens of thousands of community associations and the tens of millions of Americans who call them home," said CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE. "We appreciate regulators considering various perspectives and applaud them for developing these important consumer protections. This is how the process should work, with regulators being open and responsive to the views of critical stakeholders."

Click here to link to the Community Associations Institute for more information and the full press release.

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Honoring All Who Have Served

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Books Heading to Their Buddies


C&S team members continue their support of the Literacy Buddy Project of the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County.  Below is a picture of some of the C&S team getting the books ready to be sent off to their Literacy Buddies.  

The purpose of the Literacy Buddy Project is to teach children about correspondence, communication, and promote early literacy while providing children with quality books that they take home. The project also supports parents as partners in their children’s learning. For many of the children, a Literacy Buddy provides the only opportunity for them to have books of their own at home.
Anyone, any age, anywhere can become a Literacy Buddy and it doesn’t take much time, but makes a large impact in the life of a child.  Exchanges occur three times per year.  For more information about the Literacy Buddy Project and the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, please check out their website:

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