An ancient proverb states that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Generally, this means that it is easier to forestall a disaster than to deal with it. Little advice could be more important to condominium associations than this.
Many associations are plagued with a disease more devastating than termites, more troublesome than bed bugs and more financially damaging than delinquent unit owners. The plague is apathy. Living in an association requires a different way of thinking, and those of you who live in a community that is affected by uninvolved and disconnected unit owners know how frustrating it can be. Apathetic communities create an environment where incompetence, greed, fraud and lawlessness are permitted to grow unchecked.
For example, apathetic communities may be unable to amend the governing documents or do significant repairs in a timely fashion because they can't get a quorum of unit owners to vote at the meeting. This handcuffs the ability of the board to act quickly and efficiently to deal with a problem or opportunity.