If your residence is part of a homeowner association (HOA), you can’t remodel your home on a whim. First, you have to get approval from the HOA. If you go through a renovation that violates the HOA guidelines, they might either fine you, force you to make changes or even file a lawsuit against you for breaking the contract.
If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, it’s important to follow the rules set by the HOA to avoid any future problems. As such, here are some tips from Reliable Remodeling to provide you with a hassle-free kitchen remodeling experience.
Importance of CC&R
The covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R) are general guidelines set by the HOA. Similar to a handbook, the CC&R exhibits what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in the neighborhood. Some common regulations the HOA would list in the CC&R deal with parking, noise levels and outdoor decorations, among other things.
Before you make any changes to your kitchen, take the time to review the CC&R. This can speed up the process of getting an HOA approval. For instance, interior painting doesn’t typically require an HOA approval, which means you can work on that first to make use of your time.
Kitchen Renovations That Require HOA Approval
You may think that you only need an HOA approval on renovations regarding exterior living spaces, such as in your backyard or patio. However, some interior renovations also need to be approved by the HOA. This includes any electrical, plumbing or structural changes.
One of the things you might consider when remodeling your kitchen is adding a new set of lights to give it a more ambient feeling. Or you might want to move your sink to a different location of your kitchen for a change. Before you do any of these electrical or plumbing changes, however, you might have to get them approved by the HOA.
Following HOA Guidelines
To have the HOA approve your kitchen renovation, it’s very critical to prepare. First, be sure to hire a professional kitchen contractor who understands the rules set by the HOA. These pros could assist you in working on preliminary drawings to strengthen the chances of your approval.
Once the board green lights your kitchen remodeling plans, the next step is to hire qualified professionals. When it comes to electrical and plumbing work, be sure to look for a licensed tradesperson who is credible and reputable. They should also understand the importance of HOA guidelines.
Additionally, take note of any noise you might make during the renovation as it might be disruptive to your neighbors. As such, make sure that your kitchen remodeling crew only works during HOA-approved construction hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends).
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