If you asked two different people their opinion of living within a HOA, chances are you would get two completely opposite answers. There are no universal HOA rules – every HOA is different and has its own set of rules and regulations. It is important when looking to buy a house within a HOA community, that you really dig deep into those rules and regulations and make sure that you know what they are, and also make sure that they are regulations you can happily live under. Let’s get the lowdown on living within a HOA community – why some people love it and why it’s not right for everyone.
The Perks of a HOA
Usually living within a HOA community means having free access to recreational amenities. Depending on where you live, some of these amenities may include
- Pool – This is a great amenity to have and fun for all ages. Pool party, anyone?
- Gym – It doesn’t get much more convenient than having a gym right in your own neighborhood. No excuses, right? Maybe you’ll even score a workout buddy right in your own neighborhood!
- Clubhouse/meeting rooms – This is a great amenity for anyone who likes to plan gatherings, birthday parties, etc. It’s also great for planning neighborhood gatherings – promoting a friendly neighborhood environment.
Many of the HOA rules and regulations are simply put in place to keep up the appearance and provide everyone with a beautiful neighborhood to live in. However, some HOA regulations are stricter than others, so it is important to find a community in which the HOA’s rules coincide with your lifestyle.
In most HOA communities, certain services are provided for you, which means less work for you. Some of these services could include
- Trash pickup
- Lawn maintenance
- Maintenance of common areas
Is there a problem with your neighbor’s dog barking at all hours of the night, or a neighbor who isn’t abiding by certain regulations? You can take these issues to the HOA and have them address the problem, rather than causing a rift between you and a neighbor by trying to address the issue yourself.
For some, the question may just be, “Which HOA community is right for you?” However, living within a HOA community isn’t for everyone, and here’s why –
Living within an HOA community isn’t free – there are certain fees that come along with it. Some fees are higher than others, but some people simply can’t fit these extra fees into their budget.
The Rules and Regulations
Living under the rules and regulations of an HOA isn’t for everyone. Some people simply don’t want to be told how they are allowed to live – how their yard has to look, what color their shutters should be, etc. And for some people, the rules and regulations of a HOA could hinder them from doing something important to them – such as running a business out of their home.
Like I said before, everyone has their own opinion regarding living within a Homeowner’s Association – some people love it, some people hate it, and I think some people just haven’t experienced living within the right HOA community for them.
What is your opinion of living within a HOA community? No matter which category you fall under, Melissa Clements can help you find your new home in the right community for you. Isn’t that what everyone wants – to find their perfect fit? Melissa Clements specializes in helping people find their perfect fit. Whether you are searching for a vacation home or a permanent home, there is a perfect spot for you somewhere along the Emerald Coast – call Melissa today!