Slowly but surely, temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing colors—sure signs that the autumn season is on its way. Depending on your geographic locale and the nature of your community, there are probably a few tasks that your HOA board needs to attend to in order to make sure you are preparing your hoa for the fall season. Here’s a quick autumn checklist:

For starters, you’ll want to make sure your pool is closed down properly. In many communities the pool is likely to be closed already—by Labor Day, typically—but, depending on your climate, it’s possible you’re still running the thing. Regardless, there are a few precautions you’ll want to take to ensure that the communal pool has been properly closed off for fall. Start by seeing to it that any pool area phones are switched to “vacation” mode, which will help save your association a few bucks. Also, make sure the pool itself is closed properly—something you may want to enlist the services of the pool company to inspect. Remember, closing the pool properly now will save you some headaches come spring.

Second, you will want to ensure that your fall landscaping is done. Talk with your landscaping company about aerating and seeding—two vital tasks for ensuring you have healthy, green grass, without patches, next spring! And of course, if you’ve got summer flowers planted, you’ll want to switch them out for autumn ones.

A third and final point to consider is that the fall season is generally a good time to plan big community meetings, particularly if your by-laws indicate that meetings need to be planned well in advance. In particular, you’ll want to plan the annual budget meeting, and also any meetings you might need to have to discuss elections, if applicable.

It’s a busy season, to be sure, but all of these tasks are integral for ensuring you are preparing your hoa for the fall season —and a seamless transition into the winter months!

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