It’s that time of year again where homeowners in community associations must start thinking about fall maintenance projects. This includes things like fall color and ground cover, winterizing pool areas and irrigation where needed if your pool closes in the winter, and other general upkeep tasks. If your association isn’t prepared for it, these tasks can quickly become overwhelming. But don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this post, we’ll outline some tips for handling fall maintenance projects in your community association.
Inspect your property for any damage that may have occurred over the summer.
As fall sets in, now is the time to take care of the maintenance projects you’ve been putting off all summer. Start by taking a walk around your property and inspecting for any damage that may have occurred under the heat and wear of summer. This includes checking for cracked sidewalks, loose gutters, and damaged roof shingles. Once you’ve identified any issues, make a list of the projects that need to be completed. Remember—if you take care of fall now, you’ll be able to enjoy your property all season long without the stress of upkeep.
Make a list of fall maintenance projects for your association.
Living in a community association means you may need to take care of public spaces and community-owned amenities. As a board member, you’ll need to determine how much money needs to be set aside from the association’s general fund or collected from residents via special assessments. We recommend keeping a year-round maintenance budget well outlined in your annual budget. You can read our guide to creating the best community association annual budget here.
Begin planning for winter weather preparation, such as snow removal and ice management. This is an important step in preventing accidents and injuries on your property.
Fall is a critical time for preparing for cold. Start by trimming any tree branches that could fall and damage your property during a winter storm. Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned to prevent ice dams from forming, and weatherproofing caulk or sealant should be placed around doors and windows to keep out drafts. Some residents will even cover their air conditioner to protect it from the elements. You may also want to purchase ice melt now to store onsite so that it is there when needed. Ice Melt typically goes out of stock very quickly, so now is the time to stock up. By taking just a few simple steps and removing any debris that could impact your home, you’ll be well on your way to a safe and happy December.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your community association, and your home, are ready for the fall season! Now may also be the time to think about switching to a new management company—one that keeps your maintenance needs at the forefront of our minds. Ardent Residential is the premiere HOA and COA management company in Georgia. Call or message us today to see how we save you money and protect your property!