Summertime in the Carolinas can be a wonderful time of year. Outdoor activities abound and families enjoy days of beach-side fun in the sun, festivals, outdoor concerts, fresh produce, and outdoor exercise. As the summer months in the Carolinas start in earnest, it is time to start to think about your HOA’s calendar as well and make sure you start the summer right. Begin with this helpful guide to the top five things that should be on your calendar this summer.
Repairs and Maintenance
Summer months are an ideal time for repairs, maintenance, and construction. With more sunny days, and overall better weather, this is the time when any major projects should be done within the property. Make sure all of these repairs are scheduled at the beginning of the summer so that nothing is left undone when temperatures start dropping.
Making your property a beautiful and comfortable place to live, especially during summer months, is undoubtedly a priority in your HOA. A little bit of landscaping can make a huge difference in the way residents feel about their homes. Summer is the time to think about planting flowers, caring for trees and lawns, and generally improving your landscaping. Making sure all of these items are on your agenda for the summer will keep residences looking welcoming.
Community engagement and unity is crucial to a successful HOA. Treating residents like family can go a long way in helping smooth over disagreements and keeping morale high. Therefore, it is important that you schedule fun community building activities during the summer months to bring everyone together. Consider putting a pool party or an ice cream social on the schedule for this summer. Treat members of the community to free fun and treats during the warmer months to make them feel valued.
Prepare Summer Amenities
Many properties have special summer amenities for residents. This can include anything from a clubhouse, pools, hot tubs, BBQ’s, or any other number of things. Now is the time to make sure everything is functioning and up to date. It is also important to schedule regular maintenance for these items throughout the summer so that everything continues to work properly. Also, be sure to schedule a time to send notices to your residents regarding proper usage of these amenities, as well as any special codes they may need to access these areas.
Update and Evaluate Summer Equipment
The beginning of the summer is a perfect time to schedule a time to evaluate all of the equipment that you use during the warmer months. This may mean just turning on your sprinkler systems, or it may mean updating your equipment to be more energy efficient. This is also a good time to service air-conditioning units to make sure they are functioning properly and efficiently.
Being prepared is the best way to keep your HOA running smoothly this summer. As always, be sure to keep your residents updated and informed about repairs, events, and changes to the property. Do this, and the summer will be an enjoyable and relaxing time for everyone.