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Fall is officially here, and some parts of the country have already experienced their first snowfall this past weekend. Now is a great time to make sure you have all your ducks in a row for the cooler weather, and before we know it, freezing weather. Here are four things to think about to help your community prepare for the change in season.

Sprinkler Blowouts

If you haven’t scheduled a time to get your sprinklers blown out, do that immediately. Sprinkler companies book up fast this time of year, and you don’t want to be stuck waiting to get yours done after the first freeze. If your community has a great team that you trust, consider recommending them to your residents as well. Sprinkler blowouts are a good reminder to add to your community’s newsletter too.

Yard Cleanup

Do the associations you manage have rules around yard cleanup? If so, be sure to send out reminders to help residents avoid fines. Similar to the sprinklers, if you have any good yard cleanup crews that you feel comfortable recommending to residents, include that in a newsletter or community bulletin as well. Yard cleanup can create a ton of debris and trash, so consider hosting a composting event to be environmentally friendly. Or you could always rent a large dumpster for a weekend to provide residents a convenient spot to dump everything.

Shoveling

As mentioned earlier, the northwest has already experienced its first snowfall of the year, so it’s time to get the shovels and salt out of storage. Ensure you have updated contracts with your shoveling and snowplow teams. Be sure to send out reminders to residents around how long they have after a snowfall to shovel. You can go a step further and research the best types of salt to use to help prevent slips, as well as keep the furry residents’ paws safe.

Halloween

Is your community hosting anything fun for Halloween? Be sure to get the word out at the beginning of the month to increase attendance. Share recommendations in your newsletter and bulletin about Halloween safety tips in the neighborhood. Include tips about walking on the sidewalk versus the street, crossing at stop signs and crosswalks, having kids go in groups with a parent supervising, and keeping an eye out for strange characters. It’s also a good reminder to set specific hours for trick-or-treating to keep kids safe and homeowners happy.

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