Living in a community with a homeowner’s association (HOA) community offers plenty of benefits, but some aspects of property ownership may seem confusing, especially when it comes to renovations. If you’re planning to replace your siding, for example, you need to have your project approved by your HOA first. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Why Do You Need HOA Approval When Replacing Your Siding?

Before any exterior renovation, every resident within an HOA community should apply for approval first. The HOA board will review your home improvement plan and make sure it adheres to the covenants, conditions & restrictions (CC&Rs) of the community. If you begin the project without informing your HOA board, they may force you to stop and impose a fine for noncompliance. 

While not all types of renovation require HOA approval, any changes in your exterior may need one. This includes replacing your exterior siding. When planning to replace your siding, your HOA board may provide color or siding material restrictions. For instance, they may require James Hardie® siding materials only for uniformity. In addition, they may recommend a pre-approved siding contractor who understands the rules in your neighborhood. 

What Are the Do’s and Don’ts of Siding Replacement?

We list a few dos and don’ts you need to remember when replacing your siding in an HOA community:

  • DO get pre-approval. Your CC&Rs should talk about the project approval process and tell you what you need to submit to the board. Most HOA boards require you to submit a project proposal form. If you have any inquiries, you may ask an HOA board member for clarifications. 

  • DON’T rely on your contractor to understand the HOA requirements. Be responsible enough to ensure that your siding replacement adheres to the regulations of your community. As such, you should not rely on your contractor, but also understand your HOA requirements yourself.

  • DO acquire the necessary permits. You may need to submit important permits to your HOA board before you start with the siding replacement project. Be sure to review your CC&Rs as well to check whether you or your contractor should acquire the permits. 

  • DON’T forget to follow the set timeline. To make sure that your community is in order, your HOA board may set a timeline for your project. For instance, if the HOA and homeowner agree to have the siding replacement finished in two weeks, the homeowner should stick to that understanding. 

When it comes to siding or roof replacement, look no further than Tri-County Contracting. Our expert contractors understand the importance of following the rules and regulations of an HOA community. Call us today at (262) 679-6100, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in New Berlin, WI, and the surrounding communities.