If you happen to belong to a Homeowner Association, or an HOA, you know that every change you make to your home is important.
Appearances are vital, which means that your landscape and your yard should not be overlooked. If you’ve been interested in building a deck, you may be wondering what you should be considering in regards to your HOA guidelines.
Each HOA is different, but here’s what you can expect from HOA deck requirements.
What is a Homeowners Association?
An HOA is essentially a set of rules that prevents residents from devaluing the property around them.
For instance, many HOA’s require all trashcans to have lids and for the lids to be properly secured at all times. Failure to comply usually results in a fine.
If your deck is determined to be a problem for your HOA, you may need to make serious adjustments, or you’ll be dealing with some very disgruntled people.
Approval from your HOA actually comes before you get permits from the county. So, before you start to design your new deck, send the project to your HOA for approval.
You’ll need to work on an application that requires an exact description of your addition. North American Deck & Patio can help you with your HOA application if you get confused.
Once the HOA Architectural Review Board has approved your changes, you’re ready to move forward with the next step. Never start building without approval!
In a worst case scenario, the HOA can hire someone to demolish your deck and then add a lien on your property for the cost. It’s also possible that the HOA will request a few changes before you can move forward.
You can change your description of your new deck to their liking, or you can appeal. It’s probably better to change the design, though, because dealing with the HOA might get problematic and complicated.
You should get a response from your HOA within two months. When you receive one, save the acceptance and keep it for your records.
If you are asked to have neighbors sign off on the change, do so immediately in order to protect yourself from future problems. After all of this is said and done, you are ready to move onto permission from the county.
North American Deck & Patio Knows the HOA Deck Requirements
We will design and build your deck, but we are also your neighbors ready to help wherever we can. Since we pride ourselves on our phenomenal customer service, we hope you will call us soon, so we can get started on your dream deck!