Monthly Archives: August 2015

Which HOA or Board Meetings can Residents Attend?

HOA and board meetings aren’t the most exciting things in the world, and board members may assume residents want nothing to do with them. However, many residents are interested in understanding how the HOA runs. Unfortunately, however, allowing residents to attend may make it difficult to actually conduct the meeting, which is why many HOAs prohibit residents from attending certain meetings.

Annual MeetingWho can attend HOA meetings?

The annual meeting is the big one. It’s held once a year, and it’s when many major decisions take place. For example, this is when the new officers are elected. This is also when the board discusses the current state of the community, the goals for the current year and the budget. This is important for residents to hear because they have a right see the big picture of their neighborhood. It’s also important for them to attend because they can discuss their suggestions, comments and concerns. Continue reading

Community Storage Areas?

Everyone loves tons of storage. It’s even one of the things people look for when buying a new house. Put your community above the rest by offering community storage areas, so residents have more storage options.

Attracts More ResidentsStorage areas for residents in your community

No one wants to move into a house and then realize they have no place to put half of their belongings. Seeing that a neighborhood offers community storage areas is a huge perk. Not only does it allow residents to keep those items they can’t fit in their house/condo, shed or garage, but it also makes it easier to access them. The alternative is to rent a storage unit somewhere in town, but having a unit right in the neighborhood makes it much easier to access. For example, if someone has no place to store their lawnmower, they can easily store it at the community storage area and still use the mower on a regular basis. Continue reading

Marijuana Use in Your Community: What to Prepare for

More and more states are approving legal recreational use of marijuana. However, that doesn’t mean every neighborhood wants it around. If it’s already legal in your state, or if it becomes legal in your state, there are some steps you should take to prepare your residents for it.

The HOA May Be Able to Prohibit ItLegalization of Marijuana in Communities

Even if using and growing marijuana becomes legal in a state, that doesn’t mean HOAs have to allow their residents to smoke or grow marijuana. The change in law is designed to protect marijuana use from government regulation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be privately regulated by a homeowner’s association. However, if the governing documents don’t already prohibit marijuana use, the board should think long and hard before adding it as it may upset many homeowners and be seen as the HOA trying to control the homeowners’ private lives. Continue reading

Make your Home Hi-Tech

Who doesn’t love hi-tech gadgets? They can make daily tasks easier or just make life more enjoyable. Check out these hi-tech gadgets and upgrades that can turn your community into a futuristic neighborhood.


Everyone’s experienced it at least once. You leave your home, but it’s not until you’re miles away that you wonder if you locked the door. With Lockitron, you don’t have to wonder. The device comes with an app that tells you if the door is locked or unlocked. It even allows you to monitor your family members by telling you who has left or entered the house. Continue reading

Cleaning up After a Summer Storm

Just like any storm, a summer storm can cause severe damage to homes and surrounding areas. The downed trees, debris and damaged buildings can leave the neighborhood in disarray. Summer floods can even cause severe water damage. That’s why getting out there and cleaning up after a summer storm is so important.

What Damage Does a Summer Storm Cause?Protect your Home against summer storms

Depending on the type and severity, summer storms can cause a lot of different damage. Minor damage may include tossed debris, such as limbs and garbage, but the damage may be worse, including broken windows, roof damage, damage to landscaping and much more. Most HOAs will have guidelines regarding how fast this damage needs to be dealt with to ensure the neighborhood is kept looking great. Continue reading

Getting an HOA Approval for House Color

Some homeowners associations have strict rules regarding what color you can paint the exterior of your home. In other communities, they may require you to get an approval before you paint your house a different color. Check out these tips for how to get HOA approval for a new house color.

Be ProactiveHOA Paint Color Approval for your Home

You definitely don’t want to start painting your house before you get approval from the HOA. Not only may this be a complete waste of time and money if the colors are denied, but it’s just annoying for the HOA. Board members and property management companies are people too, so if you go out of your way to break a rule and then ask if it’s okay, they may get annoyed, which can influence their decision, especially if you are choosing colors that aren’t pre-approved. It’s best to be polite and ask before you start. Continue reading

Types of Fundraising Techniques

Generally, communities with HOAs require homeowners to pay monthly dues. These dues are used to pay for neighborhood upkeep and many other factors. However, in some cases, an optional cost may appear. For example, the community may decide it wants a community garden, but it isn’t in the budget. In these cases, holding a neighborhood fundraising event is the perfect solution. Check out these great ways to raise money.

Hold Hobby LessonsCommunity Fundraising Techniques

Everyone has a hobby they love, so why not let them share that hobby with the neighborhood. Residents can teach others how to do something, such as cooking, knitting or automotive care. The residents can volunteer to teach, and the HOA can charge a fee to attend, and the money can be used for whatever special project they are working on. Continue reading