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Spring Clean-Up

03/23/2021 Written by: Brad Hagey

With the melting of snow and ice and with grass becoming visible again it is time to start thinking about spring clean-up. During the winter months there could be unexpected damage to your property, so be sure to get outside, walk your property and identify any potential hazards. Whether you plan to conduct the spring cleaning in-house or hire a third-party contractor, it is very important to start getting focused on it now.

If you plan to use an outside contractor to conduct your spring clean-up and lawn care, now is good time to start:

  • Reviewing bids and services to ensure you are getting the best service possible
  • Checking their availability to ensure they will be able to get to you soon
  • Verifying their insurance and references to ensure they are reliable
  • Finalizing a contract that will fit within your budget 

If you and your staff conduct the spring clean-up, a few things you start looking into are:

  • The condition of tools and if you have enough on-hand to be able to perform the work
  • Training your staff on how to perform the job safely
  • Coming up with a timeline and action plan to ensure it is done in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that you have enough staff to complete the cleanup while handling the day-to-day activities

If you live in a climate where it can get below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you can run the risk of broken or frozen pipes due to weather. When you open the sprinkler system be aware of:

  • Busted pipes or broken sprinkler heads
  • Damage to your pumps
  • Zones not working properly

Opening a pool can be a costly and time-consuming process, but if you plan to open it with your staff you should check the status of your:

  • Filters, skimmers, pumps and ladders and other pool equipment
  • Supply of pool chemicals and ensuring that you have the safety data sheets on-hand
  • Safety equipment - is it in good working condition and does it meet local standards?

Now is also a good time to check:

  • Gutters for any damage and remove any debris
  • Fountains for any cracks or other defects
  • Foundation vents to ensure they are free of debris
  • Screens for any rips or tears in them
  • The roof if you suspect any hail or damage from falling objects
  • The air filter on your HVAC systems
  • Batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Outdoor and pool furniture to ensure it is in good condition

With spring in the air and the temperature rising, people are getting outside and enjoying the nice weather. Plus, peak moving season of April through September approaching, you should make your curb appeal as beautiful as it can be. First impressions go a long way as they help drive traffic into your community and it shows your guests, residents, and employees that you really care.

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