It’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to HOAs.
Homeowner Associations are well-intentioned. But man! An HOA can be a nightmare to deal with.
We like some of what they do: Keep the monument at the entrance prim and proper, police the yards, dogs and trash cans in the neighborhood, insure maintenance of security gates, pools and elevators, maintain the community flower beds….
That’s all great! Those rules keeps the neighborhood enjoyable and tidy!
No one wants to live next to the one house that never practices pride of homeownership and only demonstrates deferred maintenance.
Recently I’ve had my own clash with an HOA when they told me I could not hold a Sunday Open House!
WHAT?!!! Are you kidding me?
Here are 3 rules I advise my new Buyer’s and current homeowners to practice to avoid fees, notices and in general icky feelings from their neighbors staring them down.
- Always ask first when it comes to exterior renovations, and interior if you own a condo.
- Document everything and with pictures when possible.
- Get on the HOA board! Participate in your HOA or at least go to meetings quarterly.
If you have any specific Q’s about your HOA and what rules may/may not apply, give me a call/text. I can probably answer your question or find out quicker than you can dig up your Re-Sale Certificate or neighborhood CC&R’s.
My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been working with Buyers and Sellers for 12+ years! #206.948.0431 | GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com