The HOA Mob Runs My Life

The Austin area seems to be growing by the second and almost every neighborhood now comes with an HOA. When house hunting, they may seem enticing. Someone will guarantee that the neighborhood will always look nice and presentable? Who wouldn’t want that? Where do I sign?

Fast forward 6 months…you’re starting to think that the HOA Mob is actually just out to run every aspect of your life. For instance…you accidently put the trash out on the wrong day and now have a violation notice with a picture to prove your transgression. Now, lets say you didn’t ok the new paint color for your shutters (they are now a beautiful barn red) and guess what? You have to change it to a community-approved color (your choices are tan, tan, or tan). Or maybe it rained for 3 days before you were gone on vacation for a week and you forgot to schedule lawn care. You now have yet another violation notice with a picture of your grass next to a ruler proving that your grass is 3 inches too long. Welcome back to the real world. Where am I going with this?

Grass with Ruler

Well, perhaps you’re searching around the Internet for ideas for your new fencing project. Maybe you’ve found some beautiful photos of iron fences with custom scrollwork or pictures of wood fences with oversized horizontal pickets. You love the fact that your project will stand out; that your fence will look original and not like all of the other cookie-cutter fences in the neighborhood. However, you may have just put the cart before the horse. It is important to verify the restrictions of the community as far as uniformity of fencing. Some neighborhood HOA’s may have very strict rules and regulations as far as fencing height, picket size, and quality of materials used. Before signing any contract for work or material orders, it is important to contact your HOA to confirm that you are within the limitations of the contract you signed with them. If this step is skipped and you decide to go ahead with your project without HOA approval, you may be out the cost of work and materials for a fence that has to be ripped out. Believe me when I say, it happens. Save yourself the headache and get your project approved. Then give Barrier Fence Systems a call and we will do our best to make your fence dreams come true.

Also, try not to be too upset with the HOA Mob should they deny your request. Their goal is to make sure that your house and neighborhood maintain their property values, and this will be very important when you decide it’s time to sell your property. Also, consider getting involved in your local HOA. It’s a great way to meet other people in your community and voice your opinion on policies you may not agree with.

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