4 Tips to Winterize Your Community

Laterne am WinterabendThe winter can be a lot of fun, but it can also cause a lot of damage to your home and community. It’s important that before the winter weather hits, you get your neighborhood ready for bad weather. Check out these four tips to winterize your community.

Tip #1: Get Ready for Snow

If your area gets snow during the winter, you’ll need to prepare the neighborhood. The association should partner with snow clearing companies before the snow hits, so there won’t be an issue if roads need to be cleared. It’s also a good idea to get some ice melt and encourage homeowners to do the same. That way, if there is a little ice, it can be treated without having to contact the snow clearing company, and everyone stays safe on the road.

Tip #2: Prepare for Rain

In other parts of the country, rain is common during winter, so if you expect a lot of rain, get ready for it. If you are part of a multi-family building, such as a condo, the association should hire someone to clean gutters, which will allow them to drain properly and prevent leaks. If the neighborhood is single-family detached units, urge homeowners to clean their gutters. The HOA can even contract with a professional who can clean everyone’s gutters at a reduced rate.

Tip #3: Ensure Everyone Will Stay Warm

The HOA should also ensure that common buildings or multi-family buildings will stay warm during the cold months. This means checking the furnaces and boilers to make sure they won’t break. Check the exterior for cracks or holes, including the roof, doors, windows and walls. Don’t forget to add insulation where needed, such as around windows and doors. If the homeowners live in detached dwellings, the responsibility falls on them to ensure their own homes stay warm, but you can help by educating them about what needs to be done. The HOA should also remind homeowners with wood-burning fireplaces to have theirs cleaned and checked before use.

Tip #4: Trim Branches

The colder weather can also bring about winter storms, which can be devastating for your community, especially if there are high winds. If there are damaged trees or weak branches within the community, have them removed before winter. Request that homeowners do the same. The board may even want to consider adding it as a requirement in the governing documents.

It’s up to the association to ensure winterization is completed on shared areas of the community, but it’s also important that homeowners are urged to follow these same steps to prevent damage or injury.

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