4 Exterior Home Enhancements That Need HOA Approval

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Your roof may need replacement, but your HOA will have guidelines for the new roof’s material and color. (DepositPhotos)

3. Replacing Your Roof

Do you want attractive metal roofing on your home or condo? First, check with your HOA to understand the do’s and don’ts of replacing a roof.

You may have to use certain materials, colors or designs to avoid an HOA violation. Remember: While a metal roof is more durable than other roofing materials, the HOA may still want you to choose an asphalt shingle roof to match the community’s other homes.

By understanding the guidelines, you can confidently replace the roof — without having to worry about tearing it down and starting over again if the HOA disapproves.


Swimming Pool
Installing a swimming pool may enhance your home, but would it violate your HOA’s rules? Check first!

4. Installing a Swimming Pool

Water therapy is a great way to improve your health, so you may want to install a private hot tub or a swimming pool on your property.

Despite the health benefits, your HOA may not permit it. Or, your HOA might permit installation of these items, but the organization might have guidelines about the process.

Failing to follow the rules can lead to fines and even eviction.

Get the Book!

If you don’t have a copy of your homeowners association’s guidelines, visit its website to print a copy, or stop by its office to pick one up.

Read it carefully to understand the rules, and if you don’t understand something, talk to the HOA’s management for clarification.

Better yet, attend your HOA’s quarterly or annual board meetings to stay informed about the latest changes in fees and rules.

That way, you’ll always know the rules!

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer based in Utah.

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