Fall in Colorado is beautiful, sunny clear days and cool nights. But Colorado weather can sneak up on us. As the saying goes “if you don’t like the weather in Colorado just wait five minutes!” Over the years as a property manager I’ve developed a routine for maintaining my properties. Here are a few tips to share from my October schedule of Colorado property management maintenance.
Service HVAC units
With winter fast approaching, fall is a great time to have a professional HVAC service done on your heating systems. Service should include at minimum: changing the furnace filters, cleaning and testing the furnace, changing out humidifier pads ( in a central humidifier system) and changing the settings from “summer” to “winter”. We also like to stock extra air-filter nearby in a utility closet at the property so that filters can be easily changed throughout the winter season.
Winterize The Sprinkler System
It’s still eighty degrees on the thermometer and the sun is shining bright but don’t let that fool you. Snow will be falling soon and so will the temperatures. I remember more than a few Halloweens’ where the kiddos were trick-or-treating in the snow and freezing temps. Now is a good time to have your irrigation system winterized including: blowing out the lines with an air compressor, draining the back-flow device, shutting off the main water line to the sprinkler system- draining any excess water from the line, and I like to cover the back flow device outside. You can do this with a couple of hefty garbage bags and some duct tape or purchase a cover at Home Depot.
Aerate and Fertilize The Lawn
Yep. Often overlooked, fall fertilizer and aeration service can make the difference in having a lush green lawn come spring time. Lawns go dormant in Colorado in the winter time. However they aren’t dead! They still need nutrients to survive the long harsh winter weather. Aerating gives the fertilizer a path down to the deep roots- the part of the turf that will feed the lawn nutrients all winter long as the surface stays dormant.
Schedule Snow Removal Service
If you have a property in Colorado chances are you will have to deal with snow removal. Be aware of your local City ordinances for snow removal and know the rules. For example in Boulder Colorado where we are located, the City requires that you remove snow and ice from public walkways in front of your property within 24 hours of the snow fall. If you have a snow removal contractor, now is the time to get that new contract signed and agree upon the terms for service. Most contractors will initiate service after 2 inches of snowfall and follow up again after subsequent 2 to 4 inches of snowfall.
TIP! October is the time to stock up on ice melt and snow removal supplies- your local hardware store or Home Depot tend to run out of supplies as folks rush to the store when the first snow fall hits.
Cover Patio Furniture and BBQ Grills
Whether you invest in custom fit covers or use my method (tarps with bungee cords) , covering your outdoor assets will add years to their life. Keep the snow and ice off and help prevent rusting, fading, and weather damage. Patio cushions and fabric umbrellas should be stored away in a protected area. Believe it or not, the Colorado winter sun does more damage to patio furniture than anything else so if you can keep the sun off you will be ahead of the game.
We enjoy Colorado in the fall, it’s my favorite time of year. But as a property manager I feel a lot better knowing that my properties are ready for winter. If you need help renting your property please give us a call and we’ll go to work to help make your days worry free. 303-545-6000