What you need to know about HOAs and remodeling

Posted by Ben Thompson on 10.14.19

Many larger neighborhoods have a Home Owners Association, also known as an HOA.  As the governing body of the community they are responsible for maintaining common areas, managing neighborhood amenities, and creating and enforcing architectural guidelines.  So, when you live in a community that has an HOA, your remodeling project could be subject to certain specifications and/or approval before any work can commence. In this blog, we are going to do a quick Q&A that will help you better understand what you need to know about remodeling when you have an HOA.

How do I know what the guidelines are?

When you purchased your home, you should have received your HOA documents which will specify what type of renovations or updates are subject to certain specifications and approval. If you cannot find those documents, we suggest you call your HOA or go to your HOA website where these documents may be available electronically.

Why should I follow the HOA guidelines?

If you fail to follow the regulations of your HOA, it may result in paying a fine, having to redo the work, and potentially even legal action. It’s definitely not worth the risk. This is why it’s important to understand the architectural guidelines before you do anything, even something as basic as painting your shutters and front door.

What type of improvements or renovations will my HOA have a say over?

You should always consult your HOA for a complete list, but the items below are very commonly included.

  • Exterior paint – including shutters, siding, trim, doors, etc.
  • Updating siding, trim, or shutters
  • Exterior light fixtures
  • Additions
  • Porches, decks, and patios
  • Fencing
  • Roofing
  • Windows and exterior doors
  • Driveways
  • Projects that require utility work such as electrical, water, or gas.
  • Projects that include altering the structure of your home, such as removing a load bearing wall

Your HOA may also dictate when work can be completed, how materials must be disposed of, and where contractors can park.

Can my remodeler help me with my HOA?

Yes, they can! Be sure to mention that you live in a neighborhood with an HOA if your remodeler doesn’t ask you first. With more complicated projects such as additions or adding new bathrooms, your designer can work directly with your HOA to determine the guidelines and provide plans and whatever else might be necessary to get the approval for your project.



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