Prepping your HOA Community for Spring
The official start of spring is just a few days away, though it has been unseasonably warm in the Carolinas already. With the emergence of warmer weather and longer daylight hours, more homeowners are spending time outside and shaking off the winter blues. Now is a great time for prepping your HOA community for spring and summer to boost curb appeal and make sure everything is in top shape.
- Clear away brush and trim trees and bushes. With the warmer weather, plants have begun to grow again. Cut back any branches that may be hanging low, scraping the sides of buildings, or blocking walkways. Clean any leaves, twigs, and debris out of the gutters and drainage vents so water can flow freely when it rains. It’s a good idea to check roofs for any damage from winter weather as well so they can be repaired and prevent leaks. Encourage homeowners to do the same on their property.
- Tidy up the playground. Give equipment a good power washing to remove dirt buildup and check structures for any insect nests that need to be addressed. Tighten up or replace any loose bolts and repair any damage to equipment so that it is safe for children to play on. You may want to consider budgeting for resurfacing of the playground if it has become worn or unsafe.
- Prepare the pool. Remove any leaves or debris from the pool and make plans for it to be cleaned and treated for use. It can take a few days until it’s ready, so schedule accordingly and watch the forecast. Power washing the concrete around the pool area can be a good idea too in order to keep things as clean as possible.
- Service HVAC systems. You may not have been running the heat or air conditioning much lately, but can anticipate doing so as the weather turns hotter. Have a professional give the HVAC a thorough check to identify current or potential problems and ensure it is in good working order.
- Adjust timers. Save water and energy by adjusting timers for sprinkler systems and lights to align with the time change.
- Celebrate. Host a community get-together and enjoy the warm weather and longer daylight hours together. Plan for food, music, games, and entertainment to bring everyone together and encourage socialization and getting to know one another.
As the HOA works to spruce up the community and undertake some maintenance tasks, homeowners can be doing the same on their property. When everyone works together, they can create a safe, clean, friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.