“Ask Kari” is a monthly, Question & Answer feature from Kari Negri. Kari has two decades of property management experience, is a featured speaker at many industry trade shows, such as AAGLA’s annual trade show, and is the CEO of SKY Properties, Inc. in Los Angeles.
Get Your Building Ready For Summer
With summer right around the corner, now is the time to get ahead of maintenance and consider a few cosmetic ideas for your building. Here are my top tips for getting ready for summer:
Tip 1: Give your A/C units some love
Perform routine A/C maintenance: clean condenser and evaporator coils. Clean or replace filter. You might consider getting a bid from an HVAC company to perform A/C maintenance throughout your building. Often they can perform deeper maintenance, such as refilling refrigerant (they have a license to purchase new refrigerant), checking the compressor, knowing how to oil the fan — knowing if it’s factory sealed or not, etc. It’s worth getting a few estimates to keep your A/C units functioning properly, extending their operating life cycle, and offering tangible customer service to your residents.
Tip 2: Pool area refresher
Depending on the size of your building, and the amount of usage your pool gets, you might consider increasing the frequency of your pool maintenance person. Twice per month during summer may suffice, but possibly more. Make certain to check pump and filter operation, and the proper functioning of your pool gate for regulation and child safety. Pool water evaporates faster in the hotter months, so make sure to keep an eye on your water level and add water as needed. Low water level in your pool can interfere with the filtration and put a strain on your pool equipment.
Also, step back and take a look at the aesthetics of your pool area. What is the condition of your pool furniture? Is it cracking and faded from weather damage? Could it use a few new outdoor chair pads and throw pillows for color? Or does the damage justify replacement? Perhaps a new table and chairs would compliment the age of your lounge chairs? How is your lighting? Not only inside the pool, but around the area at night? It might be nice to consider some colorful light bulbs to bring out a bit of character and create some inviting summer ambiance. Check your foliage. Consider colorful drought-friendly California-native plants. They are beautiful; require less care and minimal irrigation. What is the health of your pool area / courtyard plants? Consider how they are lit at night. If you have tall plants, uplighting on them at night really makes them pop.
Tip 3: Building lights
Make sure all common area lights are functioning and turning on and off at the proper times. The time changed, did your exterior lights’ timer follow suit? You might consider installing photo sensors to turn building lights on and off automatically.
Tip 4: Touch-up paint
In reviewing aesthetics, take a look at your overall curb appeal. Perform a thorough once over on all exterior paint and cracks. Staying on top of touchup, stucco, fascia, and rain gutter repairs will save you greater expense in the long run. Warm weather is ideal for exterior weatherization!
Tip 5: Check on sprinkler timers
Double check to see that your sprinklers are turning on and off according to current daylight schedules, our drought environment, and your landscape needs, which will change with weather.
Tip 6: Pressure wash exterior
Remove gum from walkways, pressure wash both the walkways and building exteriors, stucco (not too much pressure as you do not want to remove paint), etc. Make certain to inspect parking garages for engine stains. Note that oil stains may require pre-treatment as well as a hot pressure wash. You can rent pressure wash machines from your local tool rental company and they are allowed by the DWP – referred to as a “water broom.”
As always, please remember, I am not an attorney. Seek clarification through your attorney. All articles are simply an opinion. Stay in touch at www.GetSky.net
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