Living in a neighborhood that has a homeowner’s association (HOA) can be beneficial in many ways. However, it can sometimes have a few drawbacks especially when it comes to remodeling your home. This can include rules on what you should and shouldn’t do in your renovation, whether it’s the color of your roof or the type of replacement windows to be used. Regulations can be found in the HOA’s governing documents, which are also known as the CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions).
While it helps to let your contractor read the CC&Rs when planning a siding replacement, it’s still your responsibility to ensure that the project follows the rules of your HOA. Kroll Construction shares more insights.
Why You Should Get HOA Approval
If you live in a home that’s part of an HOA, you’re required to secure approval from the board before starting any renovation work. Despite your owning the property, the exteriors can’t be repaired or renovated as you please because of the guidelines on home design and development as stated in the CC&Rs. During the approval process, the board will check the plans to see if the project proposal adheres to the governing documents while also informing you of any existing regulations. This is to ensure that you don’t unknowingly break any rules.
If you go ahead with your siding or window replacement without your HOA’s approval, the association can force you to stop the work or redo it completely if it violates established guidelines. You might even be fined for noncompliance, which can become expensive and delay your project. Be sure to read your HOA’s CC&Rs closely if you want to ensure a successful siding installation.
Other Helpful Renovation Tips to Keep in Mind
- Get the right building permits. If you’re planning a full siding replacement, you’ll likely need the necessary permits from your city or municipality. This may also be a requirement for your HOA’s approval, and their CC&Rs can specify whether you or your hired contractor is responsible for getting them.
- Inform your neighbors. Your home will be a bit noisy and disruptive to the next-door neighbors throughout the siding replacement process. To keep the disturbance at a minimum, most HOAs only allow renovation work during certain hours. Of course, you should also give your neighbors a heads-up about your project so that they can plan to work around the noise.
As one of the best siding and window companies in Michigan, Kroll Construction can be trusted to get the job done right. We perform exterior home improvements that follow your HOA’s prevailing guidelines. Call (888) 338-6340 or fill out our convenient online contact form.