The first robin appears. The sun stays out a little longer in the evenings, the tiniest nubs of crocus begin to break through the mud, and landscape crews begin mucking out flowerbeds. Just as sure as turning the calendar page to March 20, these are all signs of the arrival of spring—and with spring comes every condo association’s annual spring cleanup, clearing out the cobwebs and bringing hope that those winter blahs are finally behind us.
For HOA management, boards and contractors, the annual spring cleanup is a lot of work—and sometimes a lot of stress.
Hit the Ground Running
For most co-op and condo associations, plans for spring cleanup begin well before the last snowflakes fly.
“Advance prep for the spring is actually completed in the fall,” says Rick Fry, PCAM, a property manager in New Jersey. “We’ll do a walk-through to assess the condition of the common elements and what might be in need of repair in the spring.”
During those fall and winter months, management also will look at the reserve schedule and the deferred maintenance schedule. In January or February, the board might bring up a project that has been on the back burner for a few months or years and determine if the spring or summer months might be the time to tackle it.