March 1st, 2023
HOA Living – Getting the Spring Fever
Spring has sprung! Or for some maybe it’s just wishful early spring fever taking over. HOA living provides some natural timelines to help owners with spring project. Below are Five Tips for the Spring Project Success.
ASSESS EXTERIOR AFTER SNOW SEASON
RESTART THE EXTERIOR WATER SOURCES
WORK WITH YOUR HOA TO PREPARE RECREATIONAL AMENITIES
Once the winter snow disappears, you can get a better idea of potential issues. Look for signs of wear and tear throughout the property, such as sagging window frames, missing roof shingles, rotting wood, or areas that need to be caulked.
Review the grounds for damaged turf, hardscape, concrete, asphalt and other surfaces that may have not made it through the snow season without damage.
REPAINT PARKING LOT LINES, ACCESSIBLE AREAS AND UPDATE SIGNAGE
Though spring may be notorious for showers, it also has its fair share of dry spells. Look for a window of warm, dry weather to repaint parking lots, buildings, and other structures that could use a touchup. Assess signage and any winter damage to make updates as needed.
Turn on water access to exterior sources, check to make sure all is working. Hook up a hose to each outdoor faucet to test the water. Look for leaks or cracks that could run up your water bill. Now is also a good time to test your sprinkler system for issues. Wet or spongy areas in your lawn could indicate drainage issues.
Spring showers (even if from hoses) bring flowers!
Whether organized by your HOA or perhaps a city/municipality, this is a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted items and a true spring cleaning. Many times certain dates permit large item disposal for free or at a lower cost, so don’t miss out on these. Participation is these helps community building and awareness, while getting your own house in a bit better order.
Prepare the Swimming Pool – this can take time if in winter areas where pool close down. Remove and carefully store the cover to keep it safe until after summer. Cooperate with the HOA staff or pool vendor to add the proper chemicals and test the water. Give it a good cleaning and continue to remove debris and check the water, even if you’re not planning to open the pool to your residents right away.
Sporting Courts – basketball, pickleball, and tennis courts should be inspected. Fill any cracks in the pavement, replace nets as needed, and ensure fences and gates are in good working order.
Playgrounds – inspect, make sure equipment is in good working order, safe, and ready for use! Review the grounds to ensure matting, padding, or hardscape is proper and secure.
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