Awnings are functional and attractive additions to your home. Whether adding fixed awnings above your windows to shade and cool your home or installing a retractable awning over your back deck to provide additional room for entertaining outdoors, you’re sure to get many benefits from your investment. Today, many homes in developed neighborhoods are subject to homeowners’ association (HOA) rules, so it’s essential to know if you need HOA approval for an awning on your home.
What is a homeowners’ association?
HOAs are popular in many neighborhood developments. The general purpose of an HOA is to establish consistency of look and feel within the neighborhood. Often HOAs may also have rules intended to increase the area’s safety and enjoyability. Some HOAs are very well organized, with regular meetings and discussions about the maintenance of shared spaces, while others have little oversight. Those with monthly HOA dues are generally more well-managed.
HOA associations may control many decisions you make about the exterior of your home. For example, an HOA may limit whether you can regularly park your car in your driveway or if it must be kept in your garage. Homeowners in neighborhoods with these associations may need approval before making changes to landscaping, painting the home, or building a fence. If an awning will be visible to the street or your neighbors, you may have to get HOA approval before installing it.
How do you get HOA approval for an awning?
Every homeowners’ association operates differently. You should have received information about the HOA when you purchased your home, including how to contact the association. Some of the information an HOA may require as part of the approval process include:
- Information about who will install the awning(s).
- Drawings or sketches of the proposed awning(s).
- Description or sample of awning colors and patterns.
What happens if you don’t get the HOA approval?
Again, every HOA has different procedures, including the level to which the rules are enforced. Some HOAs are very serious and will take steps to uphold the rules. Usually, the HOA will start with a notification you must seek retroactive approval for the awning(s). However, if the awnings aren’t approved, you will likely be asked to remove them. An HOA may seek legal action if you don’t comply, and that could make you responsible for paying legal fees on top of the cost of awnings you can no longer use.
If you’re in doubt, ask your professional awning installation company.
One of the benefits of using a professional awning company is that they are experienced in navigating all the requirements homeowners may be subject to before installing awnings. From local zoning codes to neighborhood HOA rules, Deluxe Awning Company will ensure all the details are taken care of so you can rest easy and enjoy your updated home.
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