As November winds down and December takes the spotlight, it’s a near surety that Minnesotan neighborhoods will have snow on the ground by now. Though it’s lovely to have such weather for the holidays, in the final few weeks before snow cover truly sets in, it’s critical that your HOA make sure all its last-minute prepwork is in check. Otherwise, you’ll face the less-than-lovely sides of snow—the multitude of which we are sure you’re aware of.

 Running a little behind on winter prep? Gassen, your Eden Prairie property management services providers, are here to help with a few must-do’s below.

Wrangle the Roofing

At this time of year, the homes in your neighborhood should have pristine roofing, free from storm damage and missing shingles. Not only is it a cosmetic concern, but a poorly cared for roof opens itself up to leaks, which can indeed cause expensive mold problems in the attic.

With luck, you’ve already squared away repairs with your roofing vendor, or your residents have taken care of them, if that’s how your community runs things. If you’re behind, though, make the call immediately and schedule your maintenance. Though some roofing companies will go to work in the cold, it’s safer for them and quicker for you to make hay while the sun shines, so to speak.

Take a Look at Landscaping

Sure, your accounting property management services might have squared away your budget when it comes to the stuff, but is what’s in the ground ready to handle winter? Shifting soils, unpredictable puddling, and even the freeze thaw cycle can wreak havoc on even dormant gardens.

Homeowners throughout the community should be advised, via online property management tech or otherwise, to tend to their lawns so that they stay secure through the winter.

Luckily, when it comes to public landscaping, there are a variety of ways to protect your valuable investment—cover crops and mulching, for example.

Consider the Concrete

Concrete structures, be them driveways, walkways, or patios, need proper winterization in the form of sealing, lest our state’s nasty freeze-thaw cycle get the better of them—a reminder of this also should be sent to homeowners if it’s pertinent.

Though vendors can handle this task, it’s also one that’s not above the capabilities of a persistent DIYer, so use whatever route makes sense for your neighborhood.

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