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March 22, 2018
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Molly Blake

Help Your Community Embrace Spring! (Pssst ... it sprung!)

It’s going to be in the 70’s here in Denver! And we just had the vernal equinox so spring is officially here. This weekend will be the perfect time to plant all the little veggie seedlings that we’ve grown inside over the past weeks and spend time outside getting our house ready for spring. What can you do to get your community ready for spring?

Determine if there are community projects that need attention.  These might include damage from winter storms or other weather. Check in with residents using the survey tool and see if they’ve noticed landscaping or amenities that need attention.

Think about items like:

Fences
Play areas
Community rooms
Workout facilities
Gutters
Shingles
Windows
Decks and railings
Sprinkler systems

Once you decide what needs work, create a priority list and work on a budget for each project.

Consider hosting a spring gathering for residents. Take this opportunity to get everyone outside so they can meet new neighbors and re-connect with others. Put out sign-up sheets and encourage residents to join the board or other HOA committees. Be sure and include kiddos and fur-babies! Perhaps it can be a pot luck or make it an Iron Chef party and ask people to bring something that includes one specific ingredient. (Mango is a good one: Mango salsa, mango margaritas, mango marinade on pork!)

Take inventory, too, of furniture and other equipment that often gets overlooked and consider purchasing or freshening up the look. In any case, take time to perform a thorough cleaning of all equipment, furniture, cushions, windows, etc.

Update your website! It’s a great time to update community rules and regulations, guidelines for selling ‘stuff’ on the classifieds, or changes in labor or city maintenance schedules. Some ideas:

- Think about phone calls and emails you received over the winter. Were you asked a question over and over? Can you add to your FAQs and eliminate some of these nuisances?

- Do you have photos that you can share?

- Are there new residents? Get their permission and post a few fun facts about them.

- Are there new restaurants that have opened up? Or other fun events in your town? Post to your hearts content! Residents will appreciate it.

Phew, that's a lot! Start now and then you'll have plenty of time to get outside and enjoy some much-needed fresh air!

 

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