If you live in a community governed by a homeowners’ association (HOA), home renovations like siding replacement are not always easy to do. In today’s post, we discuss the things you need to know about having your siding replaced without getting in trouble with your HOA.
Review Your CC&Rs
The covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) is a document that works like a handbook on the things allowed by the HOA, which may vary between communities. A typical CC&Rs includes rules and regulations governing, to name a few: lawn decor, pets that you can have in your home and the type of siding that you can install.
Obtaining an approval from an HOA usually requires filling out an application form that describes your renovation plans. Make sure that you have reviewed the rules and regulations that are relevant to your project – which, in this case, is siding replacement. The more your project description conforms with the rules, the higher the likelihood of approval. Ultimately, it’s up to you, the homeowner, to make sure that the project complies with the CC&Rs even when you’re working with a very capable remodeler.
Put It in Writing
HOA approval usually takes about a month after you submit your proposal, so you have to set your expectations about the project timeline. Your HOA may also not approve your application at first try, but you should be given the chance to revise your proposal and file an appeal. During all this, make sure you have everything in writing – including your HOA’s approval.
Be a Good Neighbor
Once your siding replacement project is greenlit and you have your dates set with your remodeling contractor, take the time to give your immediate neighbors a heads-up. Like most other kinds of renovation work, siding replacement is noisy and may be disruptive for your neighbors. Also, your approved project will list approved construction hours, per your CC&Rs. Make sure that you share this with your siding contractor so they can plan their schedule to match.
STL Design and Build provides siding installation services to customers in St. Louis and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (314) 736-5800, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.