There are so many benefits that come with moving into a homeowner’s association governed community. With these benefits come responsibilities. What should you consider before moving into an HOA community for the first time?
Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing wants to make sure that you’re fully informed before you make this important decision. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering a move to an HOA community:
- An HOA Community Isn’t for Everyone – Consider your temperament. Are you willing to follow the community’s rules and regulations? An HOA community puts the overall wellness of the neighborhood over individual preferences. This helps home resale values stay high and is in everyone’s best interests.
However, if you aren’t comfortable with someone else telling you how to take care of your new home, lawn, and so on, a planned community may not be the best fit for you.
- Is it a Good Fit – Attend an HOA meeting before you purchase a new home in the community. This is a good chance for you to assess the culture of the HOA and see what you like about the community and what potential issues you can see bothering you.
Remember: No community is perfect! HOA boards are usually run by volunteers and have the best interests of the community at heart. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet your neighbors and ask questions.
In the very least, see if you’re able to get your hands on a copy of the minutes from a previous meeting. The bylaws of most communities require the board to keep records of all meetings and to file them in some sort of library or database for them to be accessed later, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
If at all possible, try to speak with both a member of the board and a non-board member of the community to ask questions and hear what they think about the community.
Opt-In – If the community has an email subscription option, subscribe. This allows you to receive notice of any community events and gives you access to what members see. If you're considering multiple communities, subscribe to all mailing lists.
- Consider the Amenities – If you’re considering moving into an HOA community, remember that you pay for the benefits and amenities. What would you be paying for? Is there a community pool? Are common areas maintained? Is there a clubhouse? Weigh the cost and benefits so that you won’t grumble later.
- Attend an Event – If the community that you’re considering has a social calendar, attend an event! Like the meeting, this is a perfect opportunity to meet existing community members.
Unlike the meeting, community events are more relaxed and allow you to meet people less formally. Try to go to an event other than an open house, which are aimed at bringing potential members of the community in and may not have a high attendance of current members.
Get Social – Follow the community on social media! Social media allows for a lot of interaction. If you aren’t able to get to a community event, see if anyone on the community’s page would be willing to answer questions.
Read the Rules – We can’t recommend this more. Before you consider purchasing a new home in an HOA-regulated community, read the bylaws. If you have any questions, it’s better to ask them before you sign up and realize that you aren’t permitted to paint your home with polka dots.