Summer’s Here. Is Your HOA Prepared?

Seasonal shifts bring the need for home maintenance. As homeowners in your Association transition out of winter and into the warmer months, it’s important that they make the appropriate preparations. In addition, there are certain responsibilities your HOA has to help homeowners become summer-ready. By following these important steps, you can not only minimize utility costs, but eliminate the need for costly maintenance down the road.

But what should homeowners be doing to get ready for summer? And how should the HOA itself pitch in? Here’s our quick guide.

What Should Your HOA Do to Get Ready for Summer?

It’s important to review your governing documents to determine the specific responsibilities of your HOA, which may vary from one community to the next. With that said, it’s common for HOAs to be responsible for roofing and gutter cleaning. If that’s the case, then make sure seasonal gutter cleaning and roof inspection is a top priority for all homes—the earlier in the season, the better.

Make sure your HOA assesses other common properties, such as driveways, sidewalks, and fences, making repairs and fresh coats of paint as needed.

Begin the process of opening and cleaning the common pool area, and also make sure all of the Association’s playground areas are thoroughly inspected—ensuring the safety of kids who play there.

Finally, make sure the Association’s sprinkler system is working properly, and that it’s turned on to keep those green areas looking their best!

What About Homeowners?

Other summer preparation steps fall to individual homeowners. Some of the top priorities include:

  • Have the HVAC system inspected and cleaned by a professional service company.
  • Examine windows and doors, and seal/repair any cracks or fissures.
  • Replace all smoke detector batteries in the home.
  • Examine the chimney, and have a chimney cap installed, if you don’t have one already.
  • If you have sprinklers in your lawn, make sure they’re working as intended.

 Get Your HOA Ready for Summer

By following up on some basic home maintenance, you can ensure a smooth, comfortable, and cost-effective summer season. Again, check your CC&Rs to make sure you know where the HOA’s responsibilities end and individual member responsibilities begin. And, if you have any questions about how to make your HOA summer-ready, don’t hesitate to ask. Connect with Kuester Management Group any time you have a question!

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Bryan Kuester

Bryan Kuester

Bryan is the CEO of Kuester Management Group. He has over 15 years of managing community associations throughout North and South Carolina.

His specialties include Community Association Management - maintenance, budgeting for operational and reserve funding, long-range planning, covenant enforcement, amenity management, onsite management, large scale management.