Now that spring is here, it’s time for homeowner associations to brush off the winter blues and reinvigorate their communities. While many homeowners start cleaning their houses, the HOA can do some spring cleaning of its own. In a new statement to the press, Kuester Management Group outlines some of the areas HOAs should pay attention to.
“It’s a great idea for the HOA to periodically re-evaluate its operations and see how it can work more effectively and better support the community,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “Engaging in some ‘spring cleaning’ can do just that and keep things moving in a positive direction. A good place to start is reviewing the budget since we’re a quarter of the way through the year. Make sure finances are still on track and funds won’t fall short come the end of the year. Start planning and implementing adjustments as necessary before things become more serious.”
The HOA should also talk to its landscaping company about preparing lawns, flowerbeds, and other common areas for spring and summer. This may mean fertilizing, banding trees, controlling for pests, or starting sprinkler systems back up. Review any scheduled tasks as well as the costs associated with these activities. Being proactive now could decrease risk of greater expenses later on.
Another area to consider is community amenities. “Families are starting to spend more time outside as the weather warms up,” says Kuester. “Evaluate any playground equipment or recreational areas to make sure equipment is safe and in good working order. You may find it’s time to replace the swings or basketball hoops so that residents can enjoy them. Now is also a good time to start planning for opening the pool. Don’t forget that it needs to be serviced and cleaned before it’s safe for swimming and this can take a few days.”
Spring can also be a good time to review committees and see if there are areas where they can be more active, adds Kuester. Are there special events coming up that they could be planning? Or tasks they can spearhead to free up the board to focus on more pressing issues? Make the most of the help available and the talents of residents who want to be involved. Consider recruiting new volunteers as well to ensure committees are well staffed.
“As residents are also cleaning up their homes and properties, now can be a good time to hold a community yard sale,” says Kuester. “Neighbors can get to know one another, get rid of the things they no longer need, and find new things they do want. While promoting the yard sale you could also provide friendly reminders about HOA rules regarding noise, using community amenities, hosting parties, or other issues that tend to arise during the spring and summer. This can help cut down on problems by reminding homeowners of policies and expectations ahead of time.”
Running an effective HOA is a big undertaking, but Kuester Management Group is happy to help HOAs operate more successfully and manage a wide range of activities so that the board can focus on other issues. Enjoy all that spring has to offer and feel more prepared for the months ahead by partnering with Kuester.
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