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Posted by on Mar 2016 in All Stories, Member Support, Slider | 0 comments

Spring checklist for your building

plant in pot(originally posted April 2015)

Spring (almost) is here! In the annual maintenance cycle, spring is a beginning point; it’s a time to assess your property, clean up, and plan for the future. Spring maintenance will vary by building type. Spring is also a good time to get tenants involved.

In addition to the lists below, many of your routine inspections and cyclical maintenance might also happen in the spring, including fire inspections, unit inspections, and HVAC maintenance.

OUTDOORS

Inspections:

  • paths, curbs, retaining walls, stairs, ramps, and paved areas. Look for cracks, heaving and any damage from snow clearing
  • railings, signs, fences, benches, planters and tree guards
  • exterior paint
  • pitched roofs
  • grounds for areas where water is not draining well and where eaves troughs or roofs may be dripping
  • water hoses
  • doors and windows

Tasks:

  • clean catch basins of debris
  • tenant engagement opportunity: organize a spring clean-up that tenants can participate in.
  • Ensure you have gloves for safety
  • clean entrance canopy
  • ensure lawn mower, weed trimmer, and other seasonal equipment are in good working order
  • fertilize the lawn and other plants as needed
  • prune trees and shrubs and replace winter kill
  • install seasonal play and sports equipment and open playgrounds
  • tenant engagement opportunity: clean out and plant gardens
  • paint parking lot lines, if needed

INDOORS

Most regions require a temperature of 21 degrees in units and common areas until June 1. Consult your municipal by-laws to be sure of what’s required in your region and plan any shut-down of heating equipment accordingly.

Inspections:

  • flat roofs
  • roof anchors
  • attics under pitched roofs
  • doors and windows
  • fan coils
  • ducts and dampers

Tasks:

  • fan coil maintenance
  • chiller/cooling tower maintenance
  • major carpet cleaning
  • cooling changeover
  • turn off power to car block heaters
  • turn off ramp heating system
  • turn on lawn sprinklers
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