When you live in a housing area that has a home owner’s association, or an HOA, you have to go by their rules — and there are many.
The rules the HOA has can govern everything about the exterior of your home from the color to the kind of paint that you can use.
When you want to paint the exterior of your home, you want to make sure that you don’t get in trouble with the HOA because they tend to penalize homeowners who break their rules with fines and, of course, ultimately warning you to comply with their rules.
With the right sort of plan, you can comply with the HOA rules and still manage to get the exterior of your home painted.
With that in mind, let’s look at five tips for painting your HOA home exterior.
1. Early Starts For Better Success
When it comes to painting your home exterior, knowing that you have to follow certain rules from the HOA means that everything you are going to want to do will take longer than if there were no HOA in place.
That being the case, if you know that you’re going to want to paint your home, you should start as soon as possible so that if you run into any possible problems, they won’t cause too much of an issue as you will have time on your side.
2. Make Sure You Know The Restrictions
Since you know that restrictions exist from the HOA, the best thing to do when you know that you’re going to be starting a painting project is to find out what the restrictions are in place that relates to painting in the area.
The restrictions in the neighborhood may be about what kind of colors you are allowed to use or what colors you are not allowed to use.
It’s also possible that the restrictions will tell you that you aren’t allowed to have, for example, two homes in a row that have the same color.
The only way you’re going to know for sure is to find out what the restrictions are, whether you go into an office where the HOA resides or find out from going on their web site if they have one.
It’s certainly better to find out first and then get to work than to do the work first and find out that you were mistaken.
3. Check In With Your Neighbors
As much as your HOA web site might have all of the relevant information that you need about what you need to do before and during the painting process, the people who know best how the policies and restrictions come into play are the people who live in your actual neighborhood!
Your neighbors are the ones who have lived with and complied with the policies and restrictions in practice, so they are people with whom you should discuss the changes that you want to make to your home and if those changes are acceptable.
4. Ask For Permission Before You Start
Though you might know exactly what the various restrictions are set up by the HOA, it is best to ask permission from the HOA to get your home painted.
5. Make Sure You Use A Professional
Lastly, when you live in a neighborhood that has a homeowner association, the best course of action if you want a newly painted home or a repainted home is to find a professional painting contractor to do the work.
Unless you can be sure that you can do work that will be up to the standards of the HOA, you should turn to an organization that has the training and experience to do it well enough that the HOA won’t ask for you to get it re-done.