As August progresses and summer draws to a close, many communities are entering into a crucial time of transition for their properties and residents. While temperatures may still be still be hovering comfortably in the 80s, August is a perfect time to assess your HOA and prepare it for the fall and early winter seasons.
One of the first important considerations for your community during the fall is the upkeep of the community pool. Seasonal pool closures are a reality for many HOAs except for the in warmest parts of the country. If you have a community pool that closes during the late fall and summer, August is the perfect time to schedule maintenance for the building. A full inspection of the pool area should be done during the fall months so that any needed repairs, purchases, or updates can be noted and put on the schedule and budget. Residents should also be notified ahead of time when the pool will be closing.
End of the Year Finances and Board Meetings
The end of the year can creep up on you before you know it. That is why the beginning of fall is a great time to begin finalizing the year’s finances and start the budget for the new year. Autumn is also the perfect time to schedule the annual meeting and begin to construct a meeting itinerary that can be sent to those who will be attending.
Landscaping is another important aspect of the fall transitional time. August is a great time to call your landscaper and discuss planting hardier fall and early winter plants that will beautify the changing scenery. It is also important to schedule lawn care during this time so that your grass can continue to flourish through the winter and into spring. For many areas, fall is the crucial time for aeration and other processes needed to keep lawns healthy throughout the cold months.
Community Garden Clean-up
Although many crops will flourish long into the fall months, now is a perfect time to schedule a community garden clean-up day for residents. This is a time when your residents can get together and clean up the community garden for a fresh start in the spring. Dead plants can be removed, walkways can be tidied and swept, and tools can be stored in shelter for the upcoming cooler months. Now is also a good time to schedule a deadline for residents to sign up for a plot for next spring.
Save Time for Fun!
Autumn can be full of important responsibilities that are crucial to keeping your HOA healthy and running smoothly, but don’t forget to save time for some community fun! Fall celebrations can help to enliven your community and to form strong bonds between residents. Schedule times that your community can get together to celebrate the season. Consider putting a pumpkin carving party on the schedule, or a fall feast to make residents feel valued.
As the long days of summer come to a close, it is important to set your eyes on your fall schedule. By staying on top of your schedule, you will be amazed at how smoothly the transition into the end of the year will be.