Whether homeowners are wishing to renovate their homes in order to sell the property, or whether they are wanting to improve the home for their own use, renovations can be a source of conflict within the community. Noise, dust, and the unsightliness of construction can irk other homeowners and cause rising tensions. The best way to prevent unnecessary conflicts is to prepare a plan in advance for how your HOA will regulate renovations. Here are the top five renovations rules that your should implement in your HOA.
Set Time Limits
Other residents grow understandably frustrated when they are rudely awoken in the early hours of the morning by nearby pounding. Loud construction during the evening hours when families are trying to have dinner or family time is equally frustrating. To prevent conflict from arising, the board should establish set times during the day and week during which construction can occur. Usually construction should start no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 5:00 p.m. Restrictions should also be put in place to prevent construction from occurring during the weekend when most other residents are home. This simple rule can prevent a lot of disagreement.
Require Prior Approval
Every resident should be required to apply for prior approval for any renovation that they plan on attempting. This gives the board the chance to make sure the renovation adheres to the governing documents and to inform the homeowner of any existing regulations so that they do not unknowingly break a rule. This gives everyone the opportunity to adequately prepare.
Require Daily Clean Up
Residents and the construction crew should be required to clean up the area at the end of each day as much as possible. This presents the area from being an eyesore 24/7 and also helps to prevent injuries. Homeowners should also be regulated to keep all construction on their property alone so that it does not infringe on the yards or homes of neighbors.
Set Duration Limits
All construction projects should be completed within a set time frame so that the property is not in a perpetual state of disrepair.
Make a Plan for Enforcement
Your board’s enforcement of these rules is perhaps the most important part of the plan. Therefore, be sure that you firmly establish a list of consequences for any infringements of the rules. First, be sure that the homeowner understands the regulations and the consequences of breaking each rule. In the event of an infringement, the resident should then receive a written warning. Depending on the governing documents of your association, if the resident continues to disregard the regulations, the HOA may have the right to enter the property or home in order to clean the area. Fines for exceeding time limits can also be levied.
Preparing your HOA ahead of time for potential renovations is a good way to avoid conflict and to keep the property beautiful. Implement these five renovation rules to keep everything running smoothly.