Consulting With Your HOA Before Installing Siding Can Save You Aggravation Later
Many people who live in a housing development or planned community know that their Home Owners’ Association is designed to ensure that the homes in the area retain their value and are tastefully decorated so that they fit into the area’s design aesthetic. Most don’t know, however, what questions to ask before hiring a siding contractor to update their home’s exterior. Unfortunately, if you fail to ask the right questions and don’t get approval before beginning new siding installation, homeowners could face an expensive re-do of their original remodeling plans. Here are a few questions you should always ask your HOA before you have new siding installed.
What Are The HOA By-Laws Regarding Exterior Remodeling?
Most Home Owners’ Associations have written by-laws that cover anything from what you can leave in your front yard to what the guidelines are for new siding installation on homes and what hours are considered reasonable for remodeling work to be done. By asking for the complete, written by-laws you can ensure that you haven’t missed anything when your siding contractor begins work on upgrading your house’s exterior.
Ask What Colors And Materials Are Acceptable For Siding In Your Neighborhood
Some people say it’s better to ask for forgiveness than to request permission, but the people who say that don’t live in communities where HOAs are working to protect home values. There’s a reason you opted to buy in an area where the Home Owners’ Association protects the value your home and the homes of those around you, and you need to be on board with those restrictions. It can be expensive and detrimental to have to tear down newly installed siding because you didn’t ask beforehand about what colors and styles of siding installation were acceptable in your neighborhood. A few questions to ask might include:
- What materials (vinyl, stone, fiber cement, etc.) are acceptable for siding installation?
- Is there a brand of siding preferred by the HOA?
- What colors and styles will our siding contractor in be able to install?
- Is there an acceptable time frame for siding installation that must be met?
- Are there specific hours that are acceptable for remodeling work? If so, what are those hours?
- Where can workers park? Most siding contractors in will require a place to park at least one truck.
- Where can we store our siding while it is being installed?
What If Your HOA Restrictions Don’t Include Your Choice Of Siding?
Homeowners may occasionally run up against opposition to their choice of siding. HOAs sometimes have a pre-approved siding contractor that they prefer homeowners use. This doesn’t mean you can’t appeal their choice, however, if you want Opal Enterprises to be your siding installer. We can give you referrals, letters of recommendation as well as a list of materials for you to share with your Home Owners’ Association. We’re confident that they will approve of the materials and methods used by our siding contractor. Soon, you’ll be standing in front of your home, watching our siding contractors install your beautiful new siding. Contact us if you live anywhere in the Chicagoland area for expert siding services
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