Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fall Preparation

Fall Preparation

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

In Remembrance

In Remembrance
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

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.
Lawn Preparation:
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