From Snow to Spring: Property Manager Checklist

Spring marks the start to all kinds of maintenance projects for property managers. But no one should move forward without a good review of what took place during winter. Property managers can help keep their sites in great condition by taking the time to double-check a few areas that may have gotten roughed up from some of the work done in the snow.

Spring Property Review—After Snow Plowing

Whether you managed snow removal yourself or you hired out the service to another crew, there are a few common problems that might be hard to avoid for an inexperienced team. But you often won’t notice these concerns until after the snow has melted. Property managers can benefit from looking at the following details before making their spring to-do list. It’s always easier to take care of issues sooner than later. Plus, you’ll want to make sure you don’t need to make any changes to your snow removal process for next winter.

 

1. Parking Blocks

In the wrong hands, a snow plow can prove to be extremely destructive around your property. When inclement weather hits hard in winter, your drivers may not have noticed or been able to avoid all of the parking blocks in your parking lots.

Part of getting ready for the warmer weather means making sure your snow removal service hasn’t knocked too many of these blocks out of line. Any displaced parking blocks need to be returned to the right spot. And any broken blocks need to be replaced so your site continues to look professional for your tenants, guests, and other visitors.

 

2. Broken Curbs

Now is also the time to do a perimeter walk around your site. Did the snow plow blades chip away any curbs? Or did the freezing temps cause old cracks to finally split completely? Getting your concrete curbing fixed in the spring will help improve your facility and protect your property value. Even if your curbs still look good, maybe you’ll notice that it’s time to repaint the safety yellow around the edges. Paying attention to both form and function will help everyone around your site.

 

3. Oil Stains

Another item to check off your list is looking for any oil stains left on your asphalt. Unfortunately, oil stains aren’t just an aesthetic issue. Equipment staging through winter or even during the first weeks of spring may not seem like a problem until it’s too late. Long-term damage to your parking lot asphalt will need to be avoided. You may need to reconsider where your equipment is stored to prevent the problem from getting worse.

 

4. Turf Damage

If the parking lots appear to be in order, property managers can turn their eye to lawncare. Of course, this isn’t just about mowing and fertilization. It’s important to realize that some winter services may have set your landscaping back.

You might notice turf damage from reckless plowing, or there could be sections of the turf that have been burned from ice melt or salt. There could even be areas that were damaged from heavy snow piles. In some cases, you may need to reseed. Considering the scenarios that led up to these different types of turf damage can help you avoid repeat problems on your property down the road.

 

Learning from past mistakes and speaking with your winter crew can help ensure that you don’t have to deal with the same issues year after year. If you’re ready for a service upgrade, our crew at Lunar Snow Removalwould be happy to talk. Together, we can develop the right plan to help your site every season. After all, your snow removal doesn’t just affect your property in winter—it makes an impact on your workload in every other season too!

 

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