Spring Cleaning in Your Community

March 11, 2019    MARGO CRUMMACK, CCAM, PCAM | CO-FOUNDER, CO-PRINCIPAL, CEO    Homeowner Tips, Safety

With Spring just around the corner, your community manager has been busy taking a good hard look at the community common areas to make sure they are ready for everyone to come outside and enjoy!! A great way to ensure that the entire community is ready for summer is to have this topic on your Annual Calendar. Getting a head-start goes a long way in being prepared for the start of your community’s summer season. Here’s what we at Crummack Huseby look for…

Safety First!

  • Check that all pool gates have been inspected and adjusted to ensure proper closure
  • Does the community have outdoor fireplaces and barbecues? We’ll have them checked to ensure proper operation… are the automatic shut-offs in proper working order? Do any of the components need replacing, like fireplace grates or barbecue grills, briquettes, cleaning brushes, grease catch trays, etc
  • The pool deck will be inspected for any lifted panels or cracking. We don’t want anyone tripping or cutting their bare-feet while enjoying a day at the pool
  • All the pool furniture will also be checked to remove any that are bent or damaged; the same goes with umbrellas, side tables, dining tables, chairs, etc
  • Required safety signs in good condition
  • Handrails in good condition and secure
  •  Underwater pool lights working
  • Spa emergency shut off switch working and in good condition
  • SPA jet timers working and in good condition
  • Pool showers and restrooms clean and everything working

General Maintenance Tips:

  • All that sparkles does shine! Your manager will obtain proposals to deep clean the outdoor furniture to shine them up before the season starts
  • Then we’ll notify the janitorial company and pool company to switch over to the summer season schedule
  • During our regular inspections, we’ll also note if any of the dog walk bag station posts, light posts and barbecues are in need of sanding and painting
  • The exterior lights fixtures will be inspected and cleaned of any cobwebs. Branches or plant material that may be impeding their proper illumination will be cut back
  • The pool maintenance vendor will also be conducting their spring inspection, looking at all operations systems to ensure there are no obvious maintenance items that need to be addressed before heaters turn on
  • The annual tot-lot equipment inspections are also coming up to ensure it is ready for the little ones to enjoy in the coming longer days
  • We’ll also check all sport-courts, making sure all nets are in good condition and if not, we’ll arrange to have them tightened (i.e. tennis courts) or replaced as needed
  • Another area that we’ll be looking at closely are the trash cans, benches, picnic and/or gaming tables to be sure these are well cleaned and free of any rust, bird droppings, etc. and are ready for homeowner’s to enjoy with their family and friends
  • Clubhouses or other community structures should have their windows cleaned if needed. We’ll be looking to see if there are any knicks or chips in the paint that need to be touched up

Welcome Spring and Spruce Up your Community!

  • Is the color at your entries in need of freshening up! We can also have your landscaper take a good look at all of your color accents.
  • Try to mix things up so you have different color themes in different locations to provide some variety… While your points of entry may match, maybe use different colors accents in your pools or park areas to provide a variety of color accents for your residents to enjoy.

Now you are ready to welcome the long, lazy days of summer to your community! Have fun and enjoy!


Additional Sources:

Case Study: Pooling Together. Northpark Celebrates Grand Opening of New Pool

Why Selecting an Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) Maters


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Margo Crummack is the Co-Founder, Co-Principal and CEO of Crummack Huseby Property Management, Inc.. and an industry leader, using her innovative thinking to help her previous employer exponentially grow their business. Since 1999, when Crummack Huseby began, she’s continued to utilize her forward-thinking abilities to create efficiencies for clients and their communities.

It was over  20 years ago when Margo saw a need for a more customized and personalized approach to community management and formed Crummack Huseby with Sandra Woods Huseby. Their mission was a breath of fresh air within their industry:  to create an open dialogue with communities, to focus on the core of a community, and to customize management styles to suit what’s best for that particular community.

As an expert in New Project Development, Margo is often invited to consult from day one. Her work ethic is respected and valued—when she says she’ll do it, it gets done. One of Margo’s crown jewels is the beautiful 20-Merchant Builder Master Planned Community that she consulted on back in 1999 and still manages today.

Always advocating for continued learning, Margo encourages an environment of “training, motivating, and innovating” for herself, Crummack Huseby’s employees, and their clients. She is also a well-respected speaker and educator within the industry, serving on the Education Committee for CAI-OC and CACM’s Education Review Committee.



Orange County, California, based Crummack Huseby Property Management, Inc., manages many diverse HOA’s and master planned communities in Southern California. They have added value to communities by working with HOAs, homebuilders, and land developers through their collaborative and customized approach. Crummack Huseby’s personalized philosophy to community management has allowed them to successfully discover and develop one-of-a-kind programs for new and existing communities.  They offer professional business planning, governance, community management, financial only management, planning and forecasting services for community associations. They also have been recognized as One of the Best Places to Work by the Orange County Business Journal in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Founders Sandy Huseby and Margo Crummack each have more than 30 years of experience in Common Interest Development (CDI) managementCrummack Huseby Property Management obtained an AAMC® Accreditation status which highlights their focus and commitment to deliver total customer satisfaction.  If you would like to learn more about Crummack Huseby Property Management Inc., they look forward to learning about your community and understanding your needs and how they can best support your community.


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