For homeowners looking to install a new fence, there are plenty of hoops to jump through before you can break ground on your project. Permits from state or local jurisdictions may be necessary, and getting approval from one’s neighbors is always the polite thing to do. However, homeowners in certain areas may have another governing body to reckon with: the dreaded homeowners’ association. While HOAs are often conceptualized as a way to boost the overall appearance and quality of living in your neighborhood, they can have a reputation for being nitpicky and difficult to work with. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting HOA approval ahead of your residential fence installation.
Familiarize Yourself With HOA Regulations
First and foremost, learn everything there is to know about your local HOA’s rules and regulations. Some organizations have rules regarding fence height, materials, and colors, in addition to restrictions on construction during certain times. Pore over any handbooks or bylaws you can find, and seek clarification on any unclear rules. When communicating with your HOA, use written methods of communication whenever possible. This ensures that you have a written record in the event of any disputes down the road.
Bring Your Fencing Contractor Into the Mix
Next, make sure that your fencing contractor is aware of all of the applicable HOA rules when planning your residential fence installation. Your contractor will be able to determine which residential fencing solutions are the best fit for your property, needs, and HOA restrictions.
Seek HOA Approval in Writing
Many homeowners’ associations stipulate that you get approval for any significant modifications or projects in writing. Even if it is not required, getting written permission from your HOA is a smart move. You will likely have to include blueprints, pictures, and other documentation detailing your plans. An HOA representative can likely help you determine what documents are necessary.
You May Have to Appeal Their Decision
Your request for approval for your residential fence installation project may be denied at first. While this can be a bit disheartening, an initial rejection does not mean that you have to give up. Your HOA may include recommendations or suggested changes in their official rejection of your proposal. Getting approval may be as simple as changing the color of your fence slightly, lowering the height by a few inches, or setting it back from the sidewalk by a foot or two. For some proposals that are denied on aesthetic grounds, support from your neighbors may be enough to make your appeal successful. If you need to make some small changes for approval, consult your fencing contractor with your HOA’s feedback and submit an appeal to your HOA.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. We proudly serve Albemarle County, Amelia, Ashland, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County Dinwiddle County, Fluvanna County, and Fort Lee, Virginia, VA. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.