Being part of a HOA (homeowners association) is a responsibility, and in order to reap the benefits of a membership it is important to adhere to some basic principles.
Here are 5 ways that a homeowner can get the most out of owning a property in a HOA:
- Ensure the HOA is reputably managed: It is important to remember that not all San Diego area home association management firms are the same. This means that it is always a good idea to carefully research the reputation of the HOA management company before committing to buying property belonging to a certain HOA.
- Know the rules and follow them: Being part of an HOA means having to adhere to certain rules and regulations. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to know and understand these rules in order to avoid potential grievances in the future. This also means always making sure to pay HOA dues on time. Taking the time to fully understand what is expected and ask questions if necessary will ensure amicable and favorable relations with the board.
- Attend community events: Those who choose to get involved with the community not only play an active role in supporting the vitality of their community, but also reap the benefits of invaluable networking resources. HOAs tend to provide a white-collar community environment where people of similar economic status are not only afforded accessible ways to meet new people, but also to work together outside in their daily lives. This is why HOAs are often particularly appealing to those who are new to the town or wanting to boost their roster of social contacts.
- Get actively involved: The more involved a person is with the HOA, the more control they have over the way their individual property is managed. This is why participation is key when it comes to getting the most out of an HOA membership. While attending regular meetings is certainly important, why not take it a step further and volunteer for the board? HOA board members not only have the opportunity to be community figureheads, but also get to take active roles in shaping the regulations that apply to them.
- Be diplomatic: When a property owner commits to HOA membership, they also commit to being part of a democratic community. This can mean that on occasion the individual will have to make concessions in the name of the community at large. It is also the responsibility of the individual homeowner to bring an disagreement before the committee in a polite and responsible manner. The same goes for disputes between community members. While the board provides a just and unbiased mediating device, it is preferable to try to politely deal with the dispute in person before bringing a private matter before the board for consideration.