Spring Inspection & Clean Up!

Written by Cathy Turner, Spectrum Enterprises

It sure has been a difficult time to do property inspections in the east coast this winter.  So glad that Spring has finally arrived!  A special thanks goes out to the managers and maintenance personnel that braved the cold temperatures with me this winter. 

It is clear that due to the grueling winter conditions and stress on property budgets, managers had to focus all efforts on safety and snow/ice removal.  General site inspections and routine maintenance had to take a backseat.   Now that the weather is improving and temperatures are raising it is time to get back out on your properties.  It is time to take note of storm damage and make a plan for repairs.  Obviously, the big repair items such as roof damage are already in the works.  However, I am willing to bet that once you get out and walk the grounds and building areas, you will find many other projects needing attention sooner rather than later.     

Here are some of the items that I have noticed in my recent travels.

  • Look for tripping hazard on walkways and grounds. 
  • Repair potholes.
  • Pick up trash left under the melting snow.  Especially, broken glass. 
  • Check playgrounds.  Look for damaged equipment and sharp edges.
  • Look for fallen or hanging cable and telephone wires.
  • Look for damaged trees and vegetation. 
  • Walk all of the halls and look for water damage.  I have found many damaged ceilings in closets.
  • Check handicap parking spaces.  Be sure signage is not damaged or missing.
  • Repair fence damage. 
  • Look for damaged or missing window screens.
  • Storm doors can take a beating in the winter wind.  Be sure all doors properly close and latch.  Repair screens as needed.

If you want more ideas and suggestions for your properties spring clean up check out this blog by Laine Nadeau.


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