Posted by IKO Community Management on November 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Well-kempt amenities can raise the property value of your neighborhood and its homes. They’re also a great selling point for potential residents and help maintain a positive, healthy atmosphere between homeowners.
IKO Community Management talks about how to maintain the top four amenities in your HOA community:
- Skim debris off the pool’s surface by hand every few days to increase the circulation system and lower the amount of chlorine. Use a long-handled net called a hand or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs, and other unwanted items.
- Vacuum the pool weekly to reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add to the water. Work it back and forth over the surface of the pool like vacuuming carpet. Check the filter each time you vacuum, and clean it if necessary.
- Brush the walls and tile weekly to minimize algae buildup and calcium deposits. Select a stiff brush for plaster-lined concrete pools and a softer brush for vinyl or fiberglass walls. For tiles, use a soft brush to prevent grout scratching or degradation. A pumice stone, putty knife, or a half-and-half mixture of water and muriatic acid can also work well.
Dog Parks. As one of the most in-demand amenities for the new generation of homebuyer, dog parks must be kept clean and sanitary. Most homeowners associations don’t have the expertise or tools to maintain a dog park, so find a local contractor who can perform the following:
- Pest treatments
- Fence and equipment repairs
- Utilities, including streetlights and trash/waste removal
- Landscaping, including refilling holes and irrigation of vegetation and turf
- General maintenance, including refilling waste station bags and wiping off benches
Gym & Locker Rooms. One of the most requested amenities for high-rises and condominiums is a members-only gym. Maintaining this amenity is important, as it’s a hot spot for germs. According to Fitness Magazine, free weights (dumbbells, weight plates, kettlebells), weight machines, and exercise balls are the biggest culprits of cold bugs and viruses. Other germy areas include yoga/exercise mats, gym towels, water bottles, and cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical machines, spinning bikes).
To keep up your HOA community's gym, use the following rules:
- Offer sanitary wipe stations.
- Put up signs that request gym-goers wipe down any equipment they use -- before and after.
- Wash gym towels in a laundry machine with hot water and soap daily.
- Spray disinfectant on yoga mats and benches daily.
- Wipe down water fountain handles and the spout daily.
- Steam clean community water bottles in a dishwasher daily.
Aside from the germs, gym maintenance should also take into account safety best practices:
- Inspect equipment for loose or missing hardware.
- Clean and inspect unit for signs of excessive wear and cracked welds.
- Inspect cable pulley system for signs of fraying cables, kinks, failing ends, or other damage.
- Lubricate all pulley assemblies and equipment pivot points.
- Visually inspect weight stacks.
- Ensure weight stack moves freely, without restriction and all plates seat properly.
- Ensure all safety keys and stops are present and in good working order.
- Test all exercise ‘positions’ to ensure gym is operating properly.
Community Clubhouse. The community clubhouse is often rentable for holiday parties and other community get-togethers. In order to keep up, use the following checklist:
- Restock bathroom paper towels and toilet paper.
- Clean bathroom mirrors, all windows, and glass doors with glass cleaner.
- Wipe down sinks, faucets, tables, doorknobs, and door handles daily with disinfectant.
- Sweep debris from entryway.
- Call local landscaping company for lawn care and floral maintenance.
- Call local HVAC and plumbing company for regular maintenance.
- Vacuum carpet.
- Report broken furniture to the homeowners association for replacement or repair.
- Organize storage room.
- Double-check the first aid kit and fire extinguisher for expiration dates, and replace as necessary.
- Replenish candy bowl at the front desk.
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Topics: HOA Board