We’ve finally made it – Summer is almost here! The days are getting longer and hopefully our to-do lists are getting shorter. But, before we officially trade in our pens for pool noodles, let’s talk about a couple of things we can do now to make sure our summer goes off without a hitch. Grab an ice-cold lemonade (maybe even add one of those fancy little mini umbrellas to it) and get ready to check off the last of your “to-do’s”.
Pool Safety - If your property has a pool, you’ve probably already done the necessary tasks of contacting your vendor and making sure your pool supplies are stocked – but before officially opening the gates for the season, there are a couple more items that may need updating. If you do not have a lifeguard, make sure that your posted safety signs are visible and haven’t been weathered or faded since last summer. It is also important to make sure that your gates and locks are in good condition to avoid any preventable accidents.
While you are in the pool area – check the chairs, tables and umbrellas to make sure there is no damage and that nothing needs to be replaced. These are the items that will likely be getting the most use this season, so making sure that everything works will make for happy residents.
Air Conditioners – It might be helpful at this time to enlist a professional to service the A/C units to ensure everything is in good working order for the hot days that are to come.
Fire and Heat Reminders – For our properties that endure some of the hottest days in the States, make sure any fire dangers are removed, including dead brush and trees. This may also be a good time to check any property-owned grills to ensure they are well ventilated and positioned away from other buildings. As always, check your fire extinguishers seasonally and make sure staff knows where they are located in case of emergencies.
Summer time is the perfect time to re-engage with your residents - remind your residents of the pool rules, using the grills and other amenities, guest policies and quiet hours, if applicable. You want everyone to enjoy themselves and relax in their home space, but also to practice safety and be respectful of others.
Finally, once the summer prep tasks are done, it could be a great time to get everyone outside for a summer kick off. You could plan to grill up some hotdogs and burgers, hire an ice cream truck to come around or set up an outdoor movie night – show your residents that you appreciate them choosing your property to reside in.
What are your favorite things to do in the summer? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!