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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 10/4/2020


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For a homeowner who wants to make green improvements and renovations to their personal property, the Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions, or CC&Rs, of the local homeowner association can pose problems that cost time, money and freedom of choice. This is especially true for homeowners who wish to make structural or aesthetic changes to existing homes. Here are only a few of the battles you might face when the local HOA discovers your plans for going green in a traditional or historic neighborhood.

Your Planned Solar Panels Aren't Warming Anyone's Hearts

While some HOAs may interfere with your choice of color of solar panels, others may not permit them at all. It's an aesthetic dilemma. Allowing solar panels on one home differentiates it from the others. In a community that's built upon history or tradition, individuality is rarely a good thing. If you're thinking of adding solar panels to a home that's governed by an HOA, you may be forced to buy certain-colored panels, or you may be banned from adding them at all. Consider this before buying a home, if you plan to make green upgrades in an area that features a homeowner association.

Your Energy Efficient Windows Are Getting a Cold Reception

Windows that feature double-paned glass or visible solar tints may get you in hot water with your HOA. Changing out historic windows and doors for more energy-efficient versions should be advantageous, right? Not if doing so sets your home apart from your neighbors or your condo unit apart from the rest of the building. If you want those new, modern windows that lower the cost of your energy bill over time, and you live in a home regulated by an HOA, prepare to fight for your right for window replacement. 

Your New Cool Metal Roof Is Being Hotly Debated

Cool metal roofing is all the rage for homeowners who live in dramatic climates. Cooler in summer and warmer in winter, they'd be a big improvement over those old cedar shakes your home is currently rocking. But you'll probably never experience the convenience of cool metal if you live in an historic area where cedar shakes abound. While your HOA can't prevent you from repairing or replacing a failing roof, they can legally limit the materials you use to do it. 

While homeowner associations do a lot for the communities they serve, they can cause consternation to those homeowners who place value on energy efficiency above historic appeal. If you're planning to buy or renovate a home that's regulated by the CC&Rs of the local HOA, make sure you completely understand the limitations they impose before you buy. Once in, you're bound by the rules you agreed to follow, even if it means sacrificing energy efficiency in lieu of tradition. 

 

 

 





Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 9/1/2019

Home improvements are often considered arduous tasks. Of course, the thought of improving certain aspects of the home crosses the mind at some point in time. But, you may discard such ideas when considering the technicality associated with home improvements.The issue of time, funds, energy, workforce and a host of others crop up as soon as a home improvement topic comes to mind. These deterrent factors add up quickly, and home improvement ends up at the back burner.

Here, you will learn a few benefits you stand to gain by embarking on home improvement projects from time to time.

  1. Allows for Expansion. Home improvement involves rearranging, break down, and restructuring. These activities de-clutter your home, making available some space you never thought were there. You could comfortably play host to friends, keep an uninterrupted line of sight on your kids, not to mention the superb view it provides. It is entirely worth it!
  2. Appreciates the Value of Your Home. An improvement on the home extends beyond short-term gains. Every home improvement project adds value to your home, increasing your chances of attracting potential buyers and upselling the property. Although the intent behind the improvement to various sections of the house might not directly target attracting buyers, undertaking such projects boosts the appearance of your home which, in turn, spikes the market value of the home to the roof.
  3. Beautifies Your Home. The beautification of the home is one of the most common and obvious reasons why many homeowners embark on home improvement projects. Nobody wants to live in an old and dilapidated house. Which is why homeowners are compelled to improve and update the look of their home from time to time. A beautiful home is the pride of the homeowner and the envy of passersby.. 
  4. Preserves the Glamour. Like other things in life, your home requires constant maintenance to live a useful life. Without active efforts, your flawless paradise may become a place of ruin in no time. Therefore, home improvement projects are crucial to help preserve the glamour that your home deserves. Be sure to give basic installations such as doors, windows, roofing, handles, a lift to ensure proper function and preserved beauty.

An investment in the home is an investment in the future. Although plans may not be in motion to sell the house anytime soon, it is the wish of every homeowner to live in a stylish and exquisite home. Pick up those tools and get to work today!




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