While the work of an association manager or superintendent is never truly done, there are certain times of the year when things get even busier, with various details that require specific attention (i.e., more work!) The arrival of spring, for example, means an end to shoveling snow and sprinkling salt, but warmer weather brings a host of other tasks with it, like repairing winter damage and preparing outdoor amenities like pools and athletic courts for busy season.
With so many things to worry about, maintenance and HOA administrative professionals suggest that boards and their managers keep a checklist of to-do items for each season, and use it as a guide when walking their property and planning for maintenance and improvement projects. With a comprehensive list and a little help from a few experts, you can ensure that your building or HOA is ready for any season and always ahead of schedule.
Spring Into Action
When the snow is finally over with and weather becomes warmer, the work of your association's building maintenance team picks up tremendously. Come spring, association administrators find themselves with a full roster, working to repair the toll winter may have taken on their properties while simultaneously getting the jump on summer, planning and even getting some larger projects underway. What couldn't be done in the winter becomes top priority as the warmer weather approaches, and preparations for summer get underway.
David Lane, property manager at Society Hill Condos in Cherry Hill, was the development's maintenance supervisor for more than a decade before taking his current position. According to Lane, seasonal maintenance jobs keep him and his staff busy year-round. “Some of the things we do in-house on a seasonal basis include gutter cleaning twice a year in June and December, for example; cutting our grass, obviously; snow removal; getting our pool ready for the season."
Springtime is also time for readying other outdoor amenities for heavy use in the warmer months. Recreational amenities like tennis courts offer huge benefits to residents: they provide an easy way of keeping in shape, and they increase property values in the community—but courts also take a beating over the winter, and need particular TLC to get ready for heavy use in the warmer months.