First impressions are everything in real estate—and that includes not just individual homes, but the HOA community more broadly. Thus, as homeowners go about spring cleaning, seeking to boost the curb appeal of their properties, HOA Board members are encouraged to prioritize maintenance and upkeep of common areas, putting the best face forward for potential buyers.

But where to begin? The best place, of course, is at the entrance to the community. Signage should be washed and rid of all grime and muck—and if it simply looks dilapidated, it may be necessary to invest in new signage. Of course spring is also ideal for cleaning out the beds around front entrances and planting colorful new flowers.

Lawn and garden upkeep is important around the community, which includes not just common beds and gardens but—crucially—the areas around sidewalks and roads. Ensure everything is trimmed back and that nothing appears overgrown. Hopefully, your lawn care vendors have already started their work for the spring; if not, make sure they’ve got you on their schedule soon!

If you have facilities like a clubhouse, an office, or a gym, provide some TLC to the outside of the buildings; a simple pressure washing will often do fine. Also be on the lookout for any other signage that needs replacing.

When it comes to individual homes, of course, the Board has less room to go in and make changes; it is up to individual homeowners to start their own spring cleaning work. What you can do is encourage homeowners to take pride in the appearance of their community, and perhaps to use social media and the newsletter to remind homeowners of aesthetic standards as they apply to springtime.

HOA Curb appeal is an important part of helping your community to shine—so don’t neglect it as spring weather continues to unfold!

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