Spring is just around the corner and many homeowners in HOA communities may have some big renovation plans to spice up the look of their homes. Keep in mind, that even something as seemingly simple as replacing a front yard gate is a renovation that must be well-planned.
Homeowners across the state hear horror stories about working on a large home renovation and mid-way, the HOA board comes calling to shut the unauthorized project down and potentially issue a fine. However, there is always a preferred approach to a project that reduces the risk of violations during the process.
Here’s a look at five actions homeowners can take in order to get their next project off on the right foot.
Read Your HOA CC&Rs
Your association’s CC&Rs are the official guidebook to the rules and regulations that govern your community. An up-to-date document should be able to let you know if your plans fall under the required community standards.
Even if you think you understand the legalities of your planned renovation, it’s always best to reach out to your association’s management team to receive a concrete answer prior to moving forward.
They will be able to help you prepare any required documentation that you’ll need to submit during the official approval process from the board.
Seek Approval Before Starting Your Project
The one item we can’t stress more about is that you should always seek approval before starting a project. Your HOA most likely requires prior approval for the groundbreaking of any renovation.
Failure to seek approval will likely result in a violation notice, fine, or the complete cancellation of your project.
Keep in mind, that there are some projects that don’t always require approval. These can include the following individual property projects:
- Interior wall painting
- Appliance replacements (i.e. dishwasher, refrigerator)
- Updating cabinets and countertops
Once again, your HOA management team can help answer any appropriate questions you may have about the request. The general rule of thumb is to submit a request for any exterior alterations. When in doubt, seek the approval of the HOA.
Depending on the extent of your renovations, your association and city may require permits in order for the job to start. HOA approval for a project does not assume approval from the City, so even if you have approval from the HOA, it is your responsibility to make sure you obtain all necessary approvals and permits from your City. Typically, your contractor can handle this requirement or you could leave it with our Project Coordination Experts.
Be a Courteous Neighbor
Finally, please let your neighbors know when your project is slated to start. Sometimes this little act of courtesy can avoid any awkward situations or HOA complaints to the board that could put a stall on your project’s progress.
Goodwin & Company Ensures All Community Renovations Work for Everyone
If your board needs help reviewing and approving owner renovation requests, Goodwin & Company has the tools and experience to speed up the process. We are association management experts who completely understand renovation regulations.
Trust us to serve as a great resource for both the board and homeowners during the development of passion projects. We are ready to help take the stress out of board decisions.
Contact us today to learn more about our services.