Inlet Inspections, Assessments and Repairs from C&L Services

With summer storms on the way, it is imperative to make sure that your inlets and storm drains are up to the task of handling rain, rain, and more rain. These storms and potential flash floods can cause significant underground damage and erosion to the walls of your inlets. To avoid a costly and time-consuming rebuild of your entire inlet, C&L Services offers inlet assessments and inspection services, as well as repairs and reconstruction.

Schedule an appointment today for a full inspection of your inlet and inlet walls. Following an inspection by our experienced staff, we can assess any damage and make recommendations for necessary repairs and reconstruction. Neglected repairs may require a full reconstruction of the inlet, which is three times the cost of repairs (on average). Regular and routine inspections are the easiest way to avoid these potential problems from catching you unawares. A build-up of maintenance will only cost you more in repairs in the long run. Don’t let these projects pile up, call the pavement maintenance experts at C&L Services today.

Inlet inspections, assessments and repairs from C&L Services.

Repairing your inlets and storm drains will also enhance the overall look and curb appeal of your property or businesss, increasing its value and leaving a great impression on your customers and potential clients.

Pavement Maintenance Experts Since 1971

Our crews at C&L Services provide pavement repair, pothole patching, line striping, crack filing, seal coating and asphalt and concrete repair services throughout New Jersey. Continual, routine maintenance is important to the overall health and look of your property. C&L Services makes necessary maintenance projects fast, safe, and affordable.

C&L Services covers a service area that includes all Counties of New Jersey.

To see our full list of essential services call 908.730.7888 (North Jersey) or 732.886.1940 (South Jersey) or CLICK HERE!

Spring Clean Up – Get Your Property Ready for Spring with C&L Services

Spring has sprung and with rising temperatures also comes the need for annual spring clean up. No doubt you want to keep your property in tip top condition for maximum curb appeal with professional power washing and street sweeping (street cleaning) services from C&L.

Spring-Time Power Washing

Power Washing is often at the top of the list of property maintenance items because it can have the biggest impact on the appearance of your property. Protect your investment and be sure to always use a licensed and insured company like C&L Services who has almost 50 years of experience in power washing and property maintenance throughout NJ.

Unsightly stains, dirt, mold, mildew fungus and even graffiti can be safely and easily removed if you have the right equipment for the project. Using a special blend of environmentally safe cleaners, our crews will quickly make your community, shopping centers, home or storefront look brand new. The special blend also keeps mold, slime and dirt from returning to the exteriors of your shopping center, office building, townhome building, clubhouses and home.

Areas Most Often in Need of Power Washing:

  • Siding
  • Fencing
  • Sidewalks
  • Store Fronts
  • Shopping Centers
  • Office Parks
  • Condominium & Townhomes
  • Parking Garages

Street Cleaning – The Spring Clean Up has begun!

As the mild weather approaches, work crews from C&L Services have already started their spring clean up routine with street sweeping services. The main purpose of the spring clean up is to collect any holdover leaves from the fall and winter season, as well as sweeping away accumulated dirt and debris from the winter before it ends up in the storm sewer system and eventually in our waterways.

Our crews are actively street sweeping malls, shopping centers, office parks and neighboring communities throughout NJ. Community Managers, property managers and construction managers all need to keep things neat and tidy for safety purposes, general curb appeal, and to protect the property’s value and the environment.

Please remember to keep your catch basins clear and swept. Whenever possible have your landscapers blow loose cut grass back onto the property after moving. Anything going down the storm drain goes directly into the streams and rivers and decomposing plant material in the water can be harmful.

Areas We Specialize in Broom Sweeping:

  • Municipal Streets
  • Construction projects
  • Clearing Debris and Gravel From Paving Projects
  • Shopping Centers
  • Office Parks
  • Retail Establishments
  • Malls

Our crews at C&L Services provide street sweeping and power washing services throughout New Jersey. Continual, routine maintenance is important to the overall health and look of your property. C&L Services makes property maintenance fast, safe, and affordable.

C&L Services covers a service area that includes all Counties of New Jersey.

To see our full list of services call 908.730.7888 (North Jersey) or 732.886.1940 (South Jersey) or CLICK HERE!

Shopping Center Power Washing – The Challenge of Maintaining Curb Appeal

Shopping Center Power Washing – Time to Have A Good Look

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Have you done a thorough inspection your property recently? What would your first impression be at a glance?

When others look at it, especially tenants and customers they not only glance at the place, they actually interact with a variety of the property’s elements.

They judge the property based on it’s cleanliness (or lack thereof) and they are generally hard on properties that look dingy.

People don’t want to work in (or shop at) properties that don’t look good, so when someone has the impression that a property is not clean, they may want to work or shop elsewhere.

Some may even take to the internet to leave a bad review. This is a most unwelcome circumstance.

Could these be the consequences of a property that doesn’t look clean?

Shopping Center Power Washing – You Don’t Get a Second Chance

The important thing to remember is that first impressions cannot be changed and negative impressions are lasting. The ideal outcome is to create a positive impression on potential tenants and shoppers.

Also, if your property isn’t clean, neighbors may also complain. They don’t want to live near a dirty property and you don’t want to be have to deal with their negative feedback.

This can be avoided by regular maintenance and an investment in a power washing project by trained professionals.

It’s actually a small investment that will not only save you the stress of hearing complaints, but it could potentially bring more confident customers and tenants too.

More customers and tenants can follow because when people find something they like, they will tell others about it.

It’s amazing how striking the appearance of a shopping center or property looks once it undergoes a good cleaning.

Shopping Center Power Washing – A Challenging Project

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Because a project of this nature can be complicated, professionals can help get the job done right.

C & L Services has been in business since 1971 providing experienced professionals that can handle even the toughest power washing jobs.

C & L offers environment-friendly flat surface and wand pressure washing that will give your property a fresh, clean look.

Shopping Center Power Washing – The Three Elements of a Power Washing Project

There are three elements to successful power washing projects:

1. Planning
2. Preparation
3. Communication

1. Power Washing Planning
When planning a project, C & L Services will consider the following:

• Exterior Type
• Property size
• How much time is need for surface cleaning
• How many crew members will be needed
• Parking lot size
• Sidewalks and Walkways safety
• Sensitive surfaces
• Safety coordination
• Detergents to use
• Spray logistics
• Dumpster areas
• And more

2. Power Washing Preparation
Once the planning is complete, material and labor preparation is coordinated for:

Equipment parking
Operating hours and traffic safety
Personnel Management.
Quality evaluation

3. Power Washing Communication
This is the most important part of the project, communicating to tenants, shoppers, employees, and all affected parties.

Communicating the cleaning schedule and informing them what they can do to stay safe is one of the most critical (and sadly missed) elements of the power washing project.

Are you a Shopping Center owner or manager looking for skilled power washing experts?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services also include parking lot sweeping, pavement maintenance, garage scrubbing, and asphalt repairs.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your tenants happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for shopping center power washing.

HOA Asphalt Crack Filling – Should I Be Concerned?

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Asphalt Crack Filling – Who Is Responsible? Me or the HOA?

asphalt crack filling responsibility - sweeping.comIt goes without saying that although asphalt driveways are built to last, cracks are likely to appear especially after years of rigorous use.

If this happens, it’s usually best for you to either contact a professional asphalt crack filling company or, if it’s the Home Owner Association’s responsibility to do so, then by all means get in touch with them.

This is important because sealing the cracks will prevent you from spending a whole lot more, especially when the cracks get bigger and more conspicuous.

Signs That Your Driveway Needs Asphalt Crack Filling

Thankfully, asphalt cracks are usually visible even at the very early stage and you can easily have an asphalt crack filling project completed quickly and without any issues.

Cracks should be sealed as soon as possible to keep water out of the crack and prevent the overall asphalt surface from being damaged by water intrusion.

There are different kinds of cracks: hairline cracks, medium and large cracks. Hairline cracks can be sealed with a good grade sealcoat, however, larger cracks should be taken care of immediately with a top grade asphalt crack filling compound.

You may also consider allowing a trained professional to come to check out a larger crack before you decide on what to do next.  If the crack is too large, the asphalt may need to be repaired or replaced.

A professional would also be able to determine if there are other types of asphalt substrate issues that are the root cause of the cracks.

From there, you can either notify the Homeowners Association if you’re under one or contract or hire a good asphalt crack filling firm to do the job for you.

Cracks On the Asphalt Pavements & How They Are Effectively Repaired

Once you’ve concluded that the crack on your asphalt driveway needs to be repaired, then call a respectable asphalt crack filling company or the Homeowners Association (if you are under one). The HOA will then contact the firm on your behalf and have the crack sealed the right way before the situation exacerbates.

The reason why you need to hire the right firm is simply that they have the right tools, materials and expertise to resolve the problem.

First, they’ll clean the crack to ensure that debris is removed so the filler material with adhere.

Once the filler material is applied, the professionals will test the crack filling for the seal. They’ll then wait for 20 minutes before adding any additional crack filling material. The work is then left to dry.

Although the process appears simple (and it is for professionals), doing it yourself it’s not highly recommended.

HOA Asphalt Crack Filling – It’s Better Not To Wait

As mentioned earlier, not repairing that little crack in your driveway on time might only end up costing you so much more in the future as the crack gets bigger and bigger.

Therefore, knowing the right path to follow (if the homeowner association is responsible for such tasks in your area) or hiring your own crack filling professional, make sure the action is taken as fast as possible.

Does your pavement need asphalt crack filling?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company.

We have been providing asphalt crack filling and pavement repairs to builders, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include asphalt repair, asphalt milling, and pavement maintenance.

We can service your asphalt with a variety of pavement and maintenance services keep your clients happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for asphalt crack filling.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Three Situations Where You Need a Specialist

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Even freshly poured concrete can crack!

When building communities or commercial properties, most builders usually do not have an immediate need for concrete repairs.

As part of the process of building homes, condominiums, commercial properties builders hire masons and concrete companies to provide concrete as part of the construction process. 

These subcontractors pour concrete for basements, slabs, entry steps, sidewalks and curbs.

Generally, new concrete is a durable material and rarely does a builder need concrete repairs in the process of building the community or commercial property.

However, there are three situations that may be faster and more cost effective for builders when faced with issues requiring concrete repairs.

Builders’ concrete repairs – Situation #1, Large Contractors and Small Repairs.

Larger contractors are built to provide high capacity services. 

What this means is that concrete providers and masons are very skilled at providing products and services at a larger scale. 

For example, when a builder is going to pour the slab for a shopping center, the mason and concrete supplier provide labor and materials for large volume concrete pour over the course several days.  This is what these contractors are good at and do well.

After the slab has been poured and the concrete has cured, these contractors consider the part of the project complete.  For profitability, they quickly move on to the next large project (basement pours for residential developers, parking garage pours commercial developers, etc.)

If any of the concrete elements that they have poured becomes damaged after they are completed, it can be difficult to get their personnel back to repair it.

It’s not that they can’t do it, just that it’s not what they generally do, and scheduling call back can be difficult.  Especially during the peak building months in the northeast (March through September)

It’s faster and perhaps less expensive to hire a specialist in builders concrete repairs to take care of the issue.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Situation #2, Repairs for Model Parks.

You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. 

Builders spend enormous amounts of money creating model parks that will attract potential buyers and create the desire for them to buy the homes they are building.

You’ve heard the old term “what you see is what you get” and if buyers see anything less than perfection, they think that that’s what they’re getting.  And buyers want perfection.

So model parks have to be visually perfect…no chipped curbs, no cracked sidewalks, no broken stairways.

If at any time a flaw in the concrete appears, then concrete repairs must be initiated immediately and professionally.  This is where an expert in builders’ concrete repairs provides a great deal of value.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Situation  #3, Repairs During HOA Transition.

After the last home is built in a community that requires a homeowner’s association, there is a transition period where the builder will transfer ownership and responsibilities of the association to  community residents.

Prior to the transfer, residents who make up the new board will conduct an inspection of the community (usually with an engineer) and require any flaws or defects in the common elements be repaired by the builder before they’ll accept responsibility for the homeowner’s association.

This can be contentious transition, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Communities that require concrete repairs (or other unfinished constructuion issues) can result in adversarial relationship that could result even higher costs due to delays or possible litigation.  The longer it takes to transfer the HOA, the more irritated the residents get and the potential for other problems stented.

A professional in builders concrete repairs helps expedite the transition and potentially lowers costs.

Are you a builder and do you need expert concrete repairs?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company.

We have been providing pavement maintenance services to builders, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include asphalt repairasphalt milling,  and pavement maintenance.

We can service your construction site with a variety of concrete repair and maintenance services keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for asphalt repairs.

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – It Takes a Big Crew

Power washing the buildings in a community is like feeding a large group of people. This may seem like a strange analogy, but let me continue.

For example, what would you do if you were selected to create an event where you had to feed 1000 people?

You would probably gather a team of experts chefs, food preparation specialists, and service people.  Then you would plan the menu, gather all the ingredients, prepare the food, and coordinate the service.

You realize that it would take a decent of planning, preparation and execution to guarantee an enjoyable event.

The process you would use to feed a lot of people is the same process you should use for power washing a large number of homes.

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – It’s Just Water Isn’t It?

Many people see pictures of maintenance personnel power washing the exterior walls of the building.  It looks pretty simple doesn’t it? Just fill up tank full of water, attach it to a power washing tool, and spray away.

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But looks can be deceiving.

What people don’t see is all the planning, preparation, and practice that has gone into that power washing picture.

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – The Planning Phase

Before spraying a single drop of water on a building you have to know how many buildings, what size buildings, where to park  your power washer (it’s probably going to be a big one), when you need to start, when you need to end, how many skilled people you need to get the job done within the time allotted. 

You also have to consider safety issues such as being careful not to power wash off important pieces of the building, not to power wash into somebody’s open window (car or house) and what to do if you encounter something unexpected.

Examples of unexpected situations include pulling into the community to set up the power washing job only to find one of the parking lots blocked by a large moving van loading or unloading for a resident.

Or finding that either water or electricity are not available that day because of utility work . 

Yes we’ve encountered these both of these unexpected obstacles.

Power Washing for Homeowners Association – The Preparation Phase

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You also have to know the capacity of the water tank , the skill level of your personnel, the age and mechanical condition of the power washing unit.

And have we mentioned communication? You’ll need to let any and all affected parties know about the power washing project well in advance of the power washing project date?

The communication preparation is probably the most important part of the power washing project.  It is also ironic that the communication aspect of most projects gets the least attention and yet causes the most problems!

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – Project Execution

Referring back to the food preparation analogy we used at the start of this article, if you have knowledgeable, skilled personnel who are included in creating the plan and committed workers who are committed to making sure that everything goes smoothly,  you end up having a very satisfactory event.

Power washing results - sweeping.comThis is the same with power washing.  With the right planning, preparation, knowledge, and skill, a Homeowners Association power washing project will go smoothly and have a great outcome.

That is, clean buildings, happy residents that have not been inconvenienced, and homeowners Association dollars are being well spent .

Are you a homeowner Association looking for skilled power washing experts?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services also include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for HOA power washing.

Municipal Asphalt Repairs – Complex Issues with Community Pavement

Municipal Asphalt Repairs – Basic Issues vs. Complex Projects

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Do you have the right equipment to do this type of repair?

Municipal asphalt repairs may present complex projects for local boroughs and Townships.  Although most municipalities have basic pavement maintenance equipment and personnel, many townships do not have the expertise, materials and tools to correct complex asphalt repairs.

Here are common questions we address about issues with municipal asphalt repairs and potential solutions.

1. Why Are Asphalt Repairs So Important?

A municipality may not have the staff might needed to keep up with asphalt repairs.  Most townships and boroughs have personnel that provide basic maintenance services such as pothole repairs, street cleaning and unclogging storm drains.

Unfortunately, when it comes to larger repairs to address more serious damage such as loss of pavement and substrata due to erosion, damaged pavement to due car or truck fire and major sinkhole or inlet collapse, municipalities need more resources to resolve these issues.

2. How Many Asphalt Repairs Are Needed?

Roads are exposed to harsh climate changes and require consistent maintenance. Rarely does a municipality have a crew available to respond immediately respond to an emergency situation.

A professional pavement maintenance company can provide help when additional staff or machinery is needed. Having a partners ready to respond can provide not only the safety required for the community, but also the peace of mind knowing that resources are available when the unexpected occurs.

3. Is the Equipment for Asphalt Repairs Available and Up to Date?

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A professional inlet repair…done right and looking good.

It is possible that a municipality does not have pavement maintenance equipment.  Many municipalities work on very tight budgets and respond to pavement issues with a JIT (just in time) response.

The equipment needed for even the most basic pavement maintenance is very expensive, and most municipalities are not in a position to buy that equipment for a JIT asphalt repair project.

Also JIT labor may not have sufficient knowledge to address the root causes of a pavement issue.  In these cases asphalt repairs could be unsatisfactory and temporary, leading to additional costs for re-work.

Having professional partners with the right expertise and skills provide the quality of the work that is clean and professional.

4. Progress Reports

There is a quality saying that goes, “you can’t control what you don’t measure”.  For more complex municipal asphalt repair project progress reports are essential for keeping track of the project tasks.

Having a professional partner who is not only skilled in asphalt repairs but project management as well provides the necessary monitoring, measurement and communication required for successful asphalt repairs. From project planning, equipment & personnel management, safety and and cleanup. consistent progress reports lead to faster completions and satisfactory results.

5. Municipal Asphalt Repairs – The Right Conclusion

Many municipalities find that they can maintain their their roads more effectively with our help. C & L Services have the resources for a variety of complex asphalt repairs.

Most issues are addressed with municipal resources.  For the asphalt repair projects that require more resources, expertise (and perhaps urgency), C & L Service can solve most issues that municipalities face.

Municipal Asphalt Repairs – Finding a Trusted Partner

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Municipal sweeping, pavement maintenance and asphalt repairs

Are you a smaller municipality? Do you need a trusted partner to help with potential asphalt repairs?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for municipal asphalt repairs.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – DIY (Do It Yourself) or Find a Partner?

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Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Temptation to Do Things Yourself

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Are you ready to do this shopping center maintenance work?

You just bought your first shopping center. You are deciding whether or not to handle the property maintenance yourself.

You could do it yourself, but here’s some things to think about:

1) Shopping Center maintenance requires experience and knowledge to take care of ongoing maintenance and potential unexpected issues.  Do you have the knowledge, experience and time to effectively maintain your property?

2) Do you have the cash needed for ongoing maintenance, including materials and extra labor?.

3) Did we mention time? The time you spend on the maintenance of you shopping center might take you away from other important management issues.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Partnering with the Professionals

Hire a professional property maintenance company to take care of the work for you. Here are the benefits that come with this choice.

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Portering (trash pickup and removal) – time consuming, but necessary.

1) You save a lot of time, especially when it comes to ongoing maintenance. Portering (trash pickup, trash removal, sweeping, etc) is done on schedule and by employees who are trained for the job.  Small maintenance issues are reported and resolved before they become larger (and more costly) issues.

Hiring someone to focus on regular maintenance helps keep you focused on other important property management tasks. Operations, leasing, communication all go more smoothly with the maintenance process handled by a professional maintenance company. Your maintenance company can deal with the maintenance issues, you as a property owner work on the business of managing the property.

2) Everyone has that “one” person that complains all the time. Shopping complexes get it too. Your maintenance company can respond to those issues.

3) What do you know about environmental and property maintenance regulations?  Although acquiring and owning a shopping center does have educational aspects, keeping up with local, state and federal regulations relating to environment and maintenance is usually not on property owner’s rader. These types of regulations are regularly reviewed by property maintenance professionals.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Path of Least Resistance

Hire a professional property maintenance company you trust to work with you. Hiring someone could save you time, money and stress.  Hiring someone who knows property maintenance, maintenance regulations and is committed to providing excellent work is an investment in your property.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Realistic Tips

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Shopping Center maintenance – Equipment and labor to do the job right.

1) There is a saying that cheap work is not good and good work is not cheap. Obtaining professional property maintenance does require a financial commitment, however it might be a small price to pay for peace of mind and tenant satisfaction.

2) Make sure you do a thorough background check on the company you hire. Some may not have all the resources you need to effectively manage your property.  Here’s a previous article we wrote to help you select the right company – Property Maintenance | This is the Checklist You Should Use

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Do You Need a Partner?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to shopping center owners, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweeping,  pavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for shopping center property maintenance.

 

Homeowner’s Association (HOA) Property Maintenance: Who Should You Trust?

Homeowner’s Association Property Maintenance – It’s Not Buy it and Forget it

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A storm inlet repair. A HOA has the resources to arrange for this complicated repair.

People work hard throughout their lives with a particular goal in mind. Some want their every desire fulfilled which they could not while they were young. Some want to travel the world and enjoy different cultures. Some want to fulfill their craze of cars that they have had since they were children. Some want to spend their lives peacefully with their loved ones in a house they always dreamt of buying.

The thing about buying a house, however, is that it’s not like once you buy a house, you are done with it. You have to keep it maintained, repaired and clean. This doesn’t just apply to single properties, but also other commercial properties as well.

This is not an easy task, as many people find out with their first experience of home ownership. If you are also one of those individuals who want their property properly managed and maintained but prefer NOT to the job yourself, then a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA) is a good fit for you.

There are many responsibilities that HOA’s do for you to maintain your property, including lawn maintenance, shrub trimming, power washing, concrete repair, street and parking lot cleaning, and possibly many other tasks.

When you put HOA in charge of maintaining your properties, there are some established rules that resident need to follow. Not respecting these rules could lead to fines which the violator will have to pay.

Property Maintenance – Who is Responsible for What?

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Parking lot paving. Another project that is better managed by a HOA.

The scope and extent of responsibility for property maintenance adopted by a HOA can be influenced by the type of real estate ownership established in the community.  There are three basic types of ownership for communities who establish a HOA:

Fee Simple 

In this type of ownership, the homeowners own the structure and property. Some communities establish a HOA to maintain any common elements such as playgrounds, storm drain basins or landscaped entries, however in the majority of fee simple communities, the homeowner is generally responsible for doing the property maintenance work on his or her own home.

Condominium 

In this type of ownership, the land is owned in partnership with others who live in the homes on the property. The owner of the structure is the homeowner. When it comes to property maintenance responsibilities, they are distributed between the HOA and the individual property owners.  The HOA is usually responsible for exterior property maintenance, and the homeowners are generally responsible for the structure.  The property maintenance responsibilities do vary significantly in these communities.

Co-Op 

The property in this type of ownership is owned by a corporation. If you buy such a property, you are actually buying shares of the corporation. The residents are generally free of maintenance responsibilities in this type of ownership.

Property Maintenance – Making the Right Decision

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Community street sweeping. Definitely a HOA responsibility.

The aim of mentioning the types of ownership is to help you understand the responsibilities of maintaining a property, whether it is your personal, or a business property.  If maintaining a property is not something you want to do, you can partner with an experienced property maintenance company who will:

  • Save time – Finding someone who could care for all the needs of your property can be a tiring task. You will either find someone who can repair concrete and not trim bushes, or someone who can trim bushes and not repair concrete. Instead of wasting time searching for people who perform different tasks, the Home Owners Association (HOA) will contract and manage all of these responsibilities.
  • Reduce Stress – Maintaining a property can be stressful. Some people can hardly maintain one house, maintaining several is way over their heads. So instead of stressing about how you will handle the maintenance of several properties, let a HOA do its job.
  • Save Money – One of the top reasons for living in a community with a HOA is that you will be able to save money. Think about it yourself. If you hire different people for each property maintenance task, you end up spending more money. Instead, hire one company that does all the tasks, in a much lesser amount.

Property Maintenance – Finding a Trusted Partner?

Are you involved with a Homeowners Association Board? Do you need a trusted partner to help with property management responsibilities?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for HOA property maintenance.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – How to Get Your HOA On a Schedule

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Some Kids Never Learn

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Getting people to cooperate is a lot like getting kids to cooperate,  you’ve got to employ the right consequences.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – The Right Consequences

There is a powerful consequence you need to use when you start an HOA parking lot sweeping program.

It’s called negative reinforcement.   This is the most common consequence that most people are familiar with.   You can sum it up in this simple sentence,  “do this or else”.

It sound somewhat heavy handed, but it doesn’t have to be.  However, it’s the primary consequence you need to employ when setting up a HOA Parking Lot Sweeping program.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Examples of negative reinforcement

There are many examples of negative reinforcement.    

Most people don’t want to get a speeding ticket, so they drive under the speed limit.   Most people don’t want to get fired from their job, so they show up for work on time and do their work effectively.

Negative reinforcement does not have to be heavy-handed,  it just has to be communicated properly.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – It starts with communication

When it comes to an HOA parking lot sweeping program communication is key.

Ensuring that the residents know well in advance about a regular parking lot sweeping program goes a long way towards minimizing conflicts.

Approximately two months before the start of the program a  separate letter should be sent to each homeowner informing them that an HOA parking lot sweeping program is going to be scheduled.  Include the specifics regarding the dates, the times, the requirements, and most importantly, the consequences if requirements are not met.

The key to communication is both repetition and variety.  Communicate consistently and in a variety of ways.  And document these communications for the resident who will claim that nobody told them.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Continuous Followup

The letter should be followed up a week later with a printed flyer that is hand delivered to each residence because not every residence receives notices from the management company.   Some residences are rented so they may not get notified by their Landlord.

Several weeks before the parking lot sweeping program begins, small signs (about 11 x 17  tablet size) should be staked around the community where every resident can visibly see them.

A few days before the program begins, conduct a mass phone notification campaign (these phone services are now readily available to all homeowners associations).

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Resident Requirements

Generally, the main requirement is to ask the resident to move their car out of the parking lot that’s being swept on the sweeping date.

Invariably there will be residents who will forget, or ignore the requirements.   If the sweeper has to sweep around a particular vehicle, the sweeper should take that picture of the  license plate and send the picture to the HOA.

If the HOA can identify the car as owned by resident, they can send a letter asking the resident to adhere to the requirements and move their car on the next sweeping date. They can also respectfully remind them of consequences for future non-compliance.

Moving forward, consequences must be initiated on non-compliant residents.   No exceptions.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – The Consequence of No Consequences

Although it’s  tempting to let one or two violations slide, it’s important to remember that without consequences people will not change their behavior. 

Also, if you are going to apply consequences to one person, it’s only fair (and legal) to apply the same consequences to all.

Although it does seem like a lot of work to communicate, followup, and enforce requirements, the outcome will be that most people will cooperate. Those that don’t won’t have a leg to stand on when they suffer the consequences.

Need Help with your HOA parking lot sweeping project?

Are you involved with a Homeowners Association Board? Would you like to discuss ways to improve your community’s overall appearance?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for HOA parking lot sweeping.

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