Living in a community governed by a homeowners association (HOA) has its benefits, from helping maintain property values to gaining access to its numerous amenities. These perks are great and all, but when it comes to home renovations, it can sometimes have a few setbacks. If you’re planning a siding replacement, for instance, you can’t just do it without going through their approval process. Otherwise, you might be forced to pay the fines or even redo the whole project.
Why Getting Approval Is Necessary
While it may vary for different HOAs, approval is required for homeowners planning to make significant changes to their home exteriors. After all, one of the many roles of an HOA is to preserve the architectural integrity of residential properties within the community. In other words, every home in the neighborhood should keep a uniform appearance. The existing guidelines on home exterior design and development are outlined in the HOA’s the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs).
The Consequences of Not Getting Approval
If you want to stay on good terms with your HOA board, you should avoid going forward with your siding replacement project without its approval. Otherwise, it won’t take long for members to find out and force you to stop the project. You can also expect to be fined for the violation or even forced to redo it if it goes against their rules and regulations. Your project will inevitably get delayed, and you’ll end up paying more than you expected, which is why getting approval is necessary.
Other Siding Replacement Tips to Keep in Mind
To learn how you can get your siding project approved, you should take a closer look at your HOA’s CC&Rs. You should also show them to your hired contractors so that they’re made aware of the rules and regulations. When you submit your project proposal for approval, the board will check to see if it complies with their governing documents. This ensures that you don’t unknowingly break a rule during installation.
Sometimes, the approval process will require you to apply for the necessary permits from your city or municipality. This is often required by HOAs as their CC&Rs may also specify whether you or your hired contractor is responsible for getting them. Once it’s approved, you’ll also need to follow the specific working hours allowed for your replacement project to minimize noise and disruption to the neighbors. Be sure to give them a heads-up about your project so they won’t complain to the board later in the process!
From replacing old siding to repairing chimneys, you can count on Paddy’s to get the job done right. To get started, give us a call at (302) 388-3625, or fill out our online contact form to request an estimate.