Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
PUMPKIN, SPICE and everything NICE--it’s officially Fall.
Welcome to fall! The leaves are beginning to turn, and there’s a crisp breeze in the air.
· Get your HVAC serviced
Now is the best time to get your HVAC system cleaned and maintained since the sizzling days of Summer are behind us and the cool Autumn nights are arriving. If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person be safe cleaning and storing your unit. If you rather call a professional schedule a service call soon.
· Gutter maintenance
Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your siding and foundation. The worst-case scenario any homeowner would want to avoid is water getting behind your siding and into your house. Cleaning gutters out at least once after the leaves have fallen is always recommended. Get them cleaned by professionals and save your investment.
· Lawn Care equipment care
Hose bibs and hoses can freeze if they still have water in them when winter comes. Draining the water from your hose and shutting off the water to the hose bib will help ensure your house is safe. Remember to keep the external pipe open once you shut off the water from the inside to prevent pipe burst in freezing temperatures later in the year.
· Plan for Snow Removal
Plan before a storm hits. Inquire about your community contingency plan for snow removal. Now is the time to purchase those snow essentials like; a shovel, salt melt, snow blower, and other snow removal necessities before the storm arrives and store supplies get low. If you live in townhouses, even if it is a condominium, the homeowner is still likely responsible for shoveling their front walk. Please ask about your community's particulars.
American Community Management
Contributors: Aletha Peters and Christian Klarner
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
ACM will like to take the time on this day to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on September 11, 2001, and those whose lives were irreparably shattered. On this day associated with great loss please take time to appreciate those closest to you, and to remember how suddenly the world can change in an instant.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Fall is in the Air
With Fall quickly approaching Communities are bustling with changes. Most pools have officially closed, daylight hours are dwindling, and schools have officially re-open.
In preparation for this autumn, most communities are scaling back on landscaping services to prepare for the winter months. You may find that your association board may be more focused on aeration, seeding, deep root fertilization and spraying for bugs to prepare for the next Spring. Later in the season bulbs will be planted in flower beds, so that they will pop up in the spring, and leaves will be collected. This is also generally the best season for planting trees in the mid-Atlantic; it will be warm enough for several months for them to grow and take root, and they won't have to deal with intense heat until next year.
Back to School
Please be aware of students going to and coming from their school bus stops. Please use caution when driving through your communities and always be on the lookout for students during peak hours in the early AM & PM hours, particularly on crossing roads. If you do not know where your school bus stops are near your house please contact your local school, who should be able to provide more information.
In the coming month, we will have a post about Winterization for your community and home.
Contributors: Aletha Peters & Christian Klarner
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Yelling, music, engines, children, stomping, barking. Noise violations are one of the most common complaints in any community, particularly in mid-rise and garden-style condominiums, though anywhere that people live together can become noisy. Some neighbors are quite considerate. Others… not so much.
What should you do when one of your neighbors is being overly loud on a regular basis? Having it happen once or twice in a while is okay, but repeatedly can cause stress for anyone, in any home. There are several potential steps to take:
- Try speaking to your neighbor calmly and directly or leaving a note. Often your neighbors don’t realize their behavior is aggravating. Do not do this if it makes you feel unsafe, as is sometimes the case.
- Report it to your management company. Most communities have what is referred to as a “quiet enjoyment” clause, though the language in the specific rule in your documents might be different. This will let the association penalize someone if they do not alter the offensive behavior, though it frequently is a slow process.
- If it is a genuinely life-disrupting amount of noise (leading to loss of sleep, etc.) then there are also noise ordinances in every County and Baltimore City. Reporting it to the local authorities can seem like a drastic step, but it is sometimes the only way to get an immediate resolution.
These are only suggestions. Please feel free to write in with questions or alternative methods!
Contributor: Christian Klarner, an American Community Management; Community Manager at ACM 8/15/19
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
NEED SOME RELAXATION? Get to the Pool...
The beautiful warm days of summer are swiftly coming to an end… it’s so sad because it seems like it only just began. So, before it all comes to an end take the time to MAKE A SPLASH at the pool.
Did you know the pool is a great convenient option to relax and unwind. It can be a great place to regroup and release the stresses of the week while enjoying the sun.
So get some pool R&R before summer ends.
Make a plan or just go whenever you get the urge... but Have a Safe Fun Time!
Remember these cool tips for safety at the pool:
- Protect your skin with SUNSCREEN/ SUNBLOCK: Apply continuously and generously
- Seek SHADE when possible.
- AVOID burning if you are tanning.
- CHECK the UV index before you go…
- WATCH 👀 small children at all time and suit them up with inflatables.
- Toddlers and infants should always be accompanied by an adult in the pool within arm’s reach or in arms.
- AVOID distractions like the cellphone and deep engaging conversation with another adult when supervising your children.
- Avoid running around and hazardous playing on pools decks.
- Avoid rough playing and dangerous diving practices in the pool.
Pool Season in our communities comes to an end on LABOR DAY.
If you don’t know how to swim it's never too late to make plans to take lessons.