As the days start to get warmer and the chill of winter becomes a distant memory homeowners become excited to spend time outdoors, it’s only natural after being stuck inside for what feels like eternity. As homeowners step outside, their eyes adjusting to the forgotten sun, they may notice some areas of the landscaping look sort of sad. As a homeowner in an association what should you do?
The best thing to do would be to contact your management company or Board if your community is self-managed. At ACM we setup a Spring Walk List for all our associations. When a homeowner calls or e-mails in a request or concerns for the landscaping it will get added to the list if it is part of the association’s common area. It is also recommended to send pictures in of the landscape concerns with as much detail as possible of the location. It is important to remember that if you are a part of a single family homeowners association some landscape concerns may not be part of the common area and may be a homeowner’s responsibility.
Once the weather gets nicer the Property Manager will perform a Spring Walk, of the common area, with the landscaper and typically a Board Member or, if applicable, the on-site maintenance person. Prior to performing the walk, the Property Manager will print out the walk list and inspect the homeowners concerns while they are walking the entire property. If concerns are noticed that are not part of the normal landscape contract they will have the landscaper prepare a proposal for the work. Once the Property Manager receives the proposal it will be reviewed with the Board and they will determine if the budget allows for the concerns to be addressed. If the budget does not allow all concerns to be addressed they will have to prioritize what is a necessity and what can wait until the following year.
However, homeowners should keep in mind that the Spring Walk usually cannot be done until March or April, depending on the weather. Also certain shrubs, trees, and flowers may not be able to be planted right away, the landscaper will let the Property Manager know when is the best time to plant to ensure they thrive properly. Your management company and board may not be ignoring your concerns it may just be a matter of timing and/or budgeting.