Being part of a homeowners association (HOA) comes with certain limitations with regards to exterior renovations. Typically, you’ll need to request approval for such projects so as to ensure that your planned renovation complies with the community’s rules and regulations.
That said, exterior changes like roof replacement, exterior painting, landscaping and gutter replacement require HOA approval.
Why Pre-approval Matters
Without pre-approval, you can’t be sure if your project will break HOA rules or not. And, if your project does break HOA rules, the board can force you to redo the work or stop the work in progress. It can also charge you with a hefty fine. That said, it’s best to ensure your project complies with all HOA rules before getting started. This will help you avoid major headaches and additional expenses.
Check the CC&Rs
Keep in mind that HOA rules are legally binding. Furthermore, state statutory laws are typically incorporated in the HOA governing documents or the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), so it’s worth checking the contents of these documents when planning for gutter installation or any renovation project.
Tips on Getting HOA Approval
It’s important to do the process right the first time. This will save you from the trouble of redoing work as well as the extra costs of correcting an error. So, make sure to read your HOA’s CC&Rs as you plan for your gutter replacement project. Then, seek approval from your HOA board.
Typically, you’ll need to submit project forms to your HOA. Once you have received approval, the next step is to hire a qualified contractor for the job. HOAs usually require contractors to have proper insurance and licensing. Furthermore, your chosen contractors should be familiar with your CC&Rs, so make sure they read these documents before starting the project. Some HOAs require detailed project plans, too. These plans should be created by your contractor and submitted before work begins.
Northeast Gutters and Remodeling is a local business that specializes in a range of home improvement services. Our expertise covers roofing, gutters, siding installation and more. Call us at (860) 899-7878, or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.