What to Know About HOA Rules for Construction

What to Know About HOA Rules for Construction

May 31, 2019

There has been a big shift in the world of real estate over the last decade in the wake of the market crash and housing crisis. These days, homeowners are less likely to sell their homes to move up to a bigger or better one than they are to stay in the same homes and renovate them instead.

Of course, if you live within the jurisdiction of a homeowners association (HOA), there are going to be a lot of rules and regulations you need to keep in mind if you’re going to be doing any major work on your home. Before you call up an excavation company in Toledo, OH to come and help you out, it’s a good idea for you to talk to your HOA people and make sure everything is good to go.

Here are just a few considerations to keep in mind:

  • Avoid surprises: Some people take the route of “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission,” but that’s probably a bad policy when it comes to dealing with HOA regulations. You could be subject to some significant fines if you decide to disregard HOA policies when working on a remodel or new construction project. Many HOAs actually require property owners to give their plans to the HOA board for review and approval before work begins.
  • Times of work: While not an issue that has to do with the type of construction job, you do need to consider the times at which crews will be working. HOAs will typically have rules on the times at which contractors are allowed to actively be working so as not to disturb other people in the neighborhood.
  • Permits: Many HOAs will require that all renovation work be properly permitted, and that you must use contractors that are licensed and bonded. This is a good practice for you to follow anyway, just to guarantee the quality of the workmanship and to prevent any issues from arising with potential liability on your end. But if for no other reason, do it because the HOA requires you to.
  • Cleanliness: There’s going to be some mess associated with construction and renovation of any type—that’s unavoidable. However, you should at least try to keep common areas clean of debris, dust and work materials. This means if you’re in a multi-unit building, keep all the dust and debris contained to your unit. If you’re in a single-family home in a neighborhood, make sure all that trash stays on your property.
  • Completion time: In addition to having times of the day at which you’re allowed to have contractors working, many HOAs have specific lengths of time that they’ll allow jobs to go on for. Make sure you get estimates from your contractors about how long they expect the project to take so you can be sure it abides by HOA rules.

For more information about HOA rules for construction, reach out to a demolition contractor in Toledo, OH like Klumm Bros. We look forward to assisting you soon!

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