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3 Spring “Must-Knows” for Strata Living

3 Spring “Must-Knows” for Strata

Spring is officially in the air with flowers blooming and days getting longer. Here at Tribe, our Community Managers wanted to share 3 spring tips to help you and your community this season.

Keep reading to find ideas to keep your home shiny and your community safe during these spring months through these easy-to-implement tips.

Keeping drains clear

With the temperature levels rising and an increase in moisture and humidity, it is important now more than ever to keep an eye on the drains for your unit. Regularly check for wet leaves, fallen debris or anything that could keep your drain from allowing water to flow.

Report a leak or backup

If you spot a leak or backup, please report it to your Community Manager right away.

If you are a Tribe client, submit Help Desk Ticket through your online platform and your Manager will address it in a timely manner.

Doing a balcony washing checklist

It’s time for spring cleaning! But before you get your hose out to start cleaning off your balcony, there are a few things to make sure of when it comes to balcony washing.

Avoid Spillover

Whether you’re giving your balcony a simple rinse or doing a heavy cleaning before it’s time for barbeque season and sunbathing, it is important to be mindful of where the water from your washing goes. If there is runoff, properly clean it up to avoid impacting other homes.

Use soft-scrub soap only

When soaping your balcony, please ensure to use soft-scrub soaps only. The Greater Vancouver is home to soft water…meaning that soap lathers even better.

Note: Using the correct type of soap also helps with preventing blockage in pipes!

Do not power wash balconies

Big n-o! Avoid using power washing machines to help protect your community. Stick to regular hoses (braided steel hoses are the best to reduce the risk of water damage…see our Blog Article on 3 Common Issues Strata Councils Face to learn more) to get all your spring-cleaning needs done.

Reviewing smoking bylaws

The last and final tip is to reference your community bylaws for smoking and vaping regulations this spring season. With days getting warmer and more walks outdoors (finally!), it is important to follow your community bylaws on smoking as it may be prohibited in your building or on your balcony.

Responsibly dispose cigarette buds

If you are looking to dispose a cigarette bud, ensure that you put it into the appropriate disposal bins around your property. Let’s work together to keep your community tidy!

Conclusion: Talk to our Community Managers

After reading this article, we hope that you’ve picked up some important “must-knows” for this spring season whether it comes to keeping drains clear, balconies shiny or community smoking regulations. Our main priority at Tribe is to help keep YOUR community happy and healthy. We treat your homes like they are our own!

Our team of Community Managers are always happy to share more valuable tips and would love to talk further. If you’re interested in learning more about who we are and how we can help, feel free to get in touch!

[BONUS POINTS]

As we continue to navigate around the circumstances of the pandemic, our Community Managers have prepared a few more general reminders to keep your community safe during this specific spring season.

Wearing your masks.

As the vaccine continues to roll out across provinces in Canada, please continue to be mindful of others in the building by following building protocols for masks. Help keep one another stay safe during these times and maintain physical distancing.

Being mindful of noise levels.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our buildings have become very busy places for working, studying and living at home. Please support neighbourly behavior and keep noise levels down, especially in communal spaces such as hallways, elevators, and mailrooms.

If you’re interested in innovative ways to minimize noise levels in your community, read the section on how to “Support Neighbourly Behaviour” in our 5 Ways Strata Councils Can Support Their Communities Blog Article.

Following visitor restrictions.

With provincial guidelines created to help keep our communities safe this spring season, please continue to follow provincial health restrictions regarding indoor gatherings. Visit the BC Government Website to learn more.

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