Top 6 Repairs for Your HOA After the Winter
While plenty of renovations can take place year-round, winter weather can make it challenging to schedule and complete even the most basic projects. For this reason, most property owners wait until winter is over to focus on fixing up their homes or businesses. Homeowners associations (HOA) must plan their renovation schedules even more tightly, as it’s usually optimal to repair and improve multiple properties within the HOA at once as opposed to tackling one at a time at random intervals. Of course, an individual resident within an HOA may require more attention than another, seeking approval for repairs outside the association’s scheduled maintenance regimen. Either way, the start of spring presents a prime opportunity to tackle these tasks, which makes the remainder of winter the perfect time to plan your project.
Whether you’re overseeing the renovation of several properties within your HOA or merely your own residence, here are the top six repairs and improvements to consider making once winter finally ends.
The Best Repairs for Your HOA in Nashville
1. Roof and Gutter Repairs
The upper portions of a home can take on plenty of damage during winter, mainly due to heavy snowfall. When a significant amount of snow clings to your roof, it puts additional pressure on your property and, as the ice melts, can allow water to enter your home through the smallest cracks and crevices. Not only that -- snow and ice can clog your gutters, fracturing, bending, and/or breaking them by winter’s end. Plus, high winds during snow storms can do further damage to your roof, gutters, and exterior as a whole.
If the damage to your roof and gutters is severe enough, you may be forced to make these repairs long before spring, such as replacing shingles and gutters, repairing leaks, installing new waterproofing measures, and so on. Otherwise, wait until the warmer weather arrives to assess any potential damage that occurred over the past several months. Evaluating the damage and making these repairs is much easier when the temperatures are higher and the days are longer.
2. Siding and Trim Inspection and Repair
Just because your roof and gutters tend to take the brunt of winter’s wrath, doesn’t mean that the rest of your house exterior is off the hook. The cold air, sharp conditions, and melting ice and snow can also damage your siding and trim. By the time spring rolls around, you might notice discoloration, cracking, peeling paint, and even rot and mold as a result of water damage. These various problems should be resolved immediately not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for the sake of your home’s integrity and energy efficiency. Deteriorating siding and trim can lead to further moisture intrusion and air leakages that force your home to use up more energy. Replacing certain boards and pieces of trim, re-caulking cracks and gaps, and installing fresh weatherstripping around windows and doors will restore your property, protect it from further damage, and reduce your energy expenses.
Unless you live in a very moderate area, winter is not the best time to apply new exterior house paint. Spring, on the other hand, is when exterior painting projects tend to pick up steam, all the way through the end of autumn. Indeed, after the weather has warmed up a little, you might realize that your property is in desperate need of a new coat of paint. Before painting begins, however, seek pressure washing services to thoroughly clean your home, blasting away dust, dirt, mold, mildew, and other residue leftover from previous seasons. Further surface preparation might be required prior to painting as well, such as scraping and sanding. Once your exterior is ready for a new coat of paint, aim for a block of days with low winds, moderate sunlight, no precipitation, and temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit -- these are optimal conditions for exterior painting.
4. Deck Repair and/or Restoration
Winter weather can be wood’s worst enemy, so, if applicable, pay attention to your wooden deck immediately after winter. In the worst case scenario, you might find rotting boards and other forms of severe damage, in which case, you may need to replace portions of your deck. In the best case scenario, you’ll simply need to clean your deck (via pressure washing and/or manual scrubbing). Your deck might also fall somewhere in between, requiring more than a simple scrub down but not a complete replacement -- in this case, you may need to fix cracked boards with wood filler, reinforce your deck’s structure, drive in some new screws or nails, etc. Whatever the case may be, finishing the job with a new coat of deck stain is a great way to start off spring. A freshly sealed deck will be beautiful and sturdy, ready for a long season of relaxation, cookouts, and gatherings.
5. Front Door Refinishing
If your home is outfitted with a storm door, your front door might stay in fine shape during the winter. Still, we’ve discussed before how simply updating your home’s front door can elevate your place’s curb appeal. If you reside in an HOA, though, you won’t have as much freedom to choose a new style, color, or hardware for your door(s). That said, you can still (in most cases) refinish your door within the parameters of your HOA’s covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), so long as you receive written approval from the board. Regardless of the rules and regulations of your particular HOA, it’s worth looking into updating your front door once spring rolls around, especially if your current door is damaged, fading, off-kilter, and/or outdated.
6. Interior Inspections and Repairs
Your springtime HOA repairs shouldn’t merely focus on exterior surfaces and features. While it’s true that the outside portion of your property is the most vulnerable, keep in mind that outside forces can also yield internal damage. If, for instance, your home’s envelope (i.e. siding, roofing) develops cracks and holes during the winter, your interior can quickly become susceptible to water damage, pests, mold, mildew, and other hazards. As winter comes to a close, then, take the time to inspect your walls, ceilings, floors, and other interior surfaces for signs of trouble. You may need to install new insulation, repair drywall, re-seal interior gaps and corners, touch up your paint, and so on.
Prepare to Repair Your HOA Today
Winter isn’t over yet, but spring will be here before we know it. As such, now is the time to start planning your HOA’s springtime renovations. If you have property in Nashville, Brentwood, and/or Franklin, TN, reach out to us at Nash Painting for a free estimate. Let us help you restore your entire HOA with our full service offerings after another rough winter. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!