This week marks the first day of spring! What a beautiful time of year. The flowers are coming up, grass is turning green, and leaves and buds are starting to blossom no the trees. It’s truly a time to shake off the winter blues! One of the two communities we specialize in helping people buy and sell homes, Blooms Crossing, has some important information to share as we move into the season. The HOA in that community is helpful and thorough and had these tips to offer:
Spring Inspections - 2019
Spring is soon going to be among us and once again it is time to perform the annual maintenance inspection of each home in the community. Inspections will commence this year beginning in April 2019. Each section of the community will be done at a time with the goal of visiting all 914 homes within 8-12 weeks. To better prepare for these inspections please take some time to inspect the exterior of your home and begin taking necessary steps to remedy any deficiencies. Below are some key items that will be focused on by the inspectors:
1. Yards should be edged along the sidewalk, curbs, landscape beds and driveways. Lawns mowed every 7-10 days during the growing season.
2. Landscape beds should be properly maintained to be free of weeds, leaves and other debris, as well as mulched. Shrubbery, trees and other plants should be properly pruned and shaped. Dead shrubbery should be replaced.
3. Fences that require repair include, but not limited to, missing boards, warped or damaged boards, missing caps, etc. Fences should be free of mildew and algae build up.
4. Siding and mailboxes should be free of mold and mildew, and in good repair.
5. All home trim such as rake boards, fascia boards, shutters, window and door trim should be free of wood rot, dirt build up and mildew. Please examine the state of your paint.
6. Shutters should not be faded or have chipping paint.
7. Items should not be stored in front of or on the sides of homes.
8. Roofs should be in good repair and not missing shingles.
9. Backyards and decks should be free of clutter, debris and storage.
10. Other larger expense items should be inspected as well, the community is aging and it could be time for your roof, siding, driveway, fences and decks, etc., to be repaired and/or replaced.
Most of the items on this list should be done regardless of inspection, so it’s good to keep us on our toes.
The other community where we have a lot of clients buying and selling homes, Signal Hill/Arrowood, doesn’t yet publish information like this on their website. Sites like Next-door have been really helpful to bridge the gap between residents and officials. This is a platform where neighbors can post items for sale, concerns are brought forth as a form of self-governance, and community events are posted. It is a great resource which most communities in our area are benefitting from.
As always, if you have any questions about these communities or would like to schedule a time to talk about your housing goals, please get in touch.