Most homes in Arizona have the struggle of working with HOAs for home approvals. The back and forth communication and the waiting game in between can be a major frustration to homeowners who are trying to complete a home project. Even when it comes to painting the exterior of your home, getting HOA approval can be a real thorn in your side.
We have found that for most homeowners, the unanimous issue when working with HOAs is the communication with the association, and it ultimately leads to a poor experience when executing home projects. Although working with HOA’s can be stressful, it is important to have approval from them before you move forward with your project.
Our team is experienced in working with HOAs and is here to breakdown the importance of HOA approval and how to make the experience as seamless as possible.
Why HOA Approval Is Crucial
If you are thinking of painting the exterior of your home without the approval of your HOA, you might want to think again. Homeowner’s Associations hold a lot of power when it comes to the appearance of your home. These restrictions include fences, parking, landscaping, and, you guessed it, your home’s paint color.
We understand the process of getting approval from your HOA can be a pain, but if proper protocol isn’t followed, you run the risk of receiving a fine from your association, or worse, a larger legal battle. HOAs exist to help protect your home’s value and those around you. They will go through great lengths to ensure the entire community is adhering to the same rules.
Getting HOA Approval
If you live in a community managed by an HOA, the most difficult part of your exterior home painting will be getting their approval. The best place to start is to call your HOA directly and describe what you wish to accomplish with the project. It is important to ask what the correct procedures are for the project and what is needed to get started. Be sure to request any forms that need to be filled out and how they would like the paint color options presented. Some HOAs are fine with paint names and samples while others would like to see swatches of the color on your home.
Approvals can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month. Much of it depends on the efficiency of the HOA as well as follow-ups, so be sure to check-in throughout the waiting period to see where they stand with approvals.
In our experience, HOAs can be difficult to work with, so we recommend documenting all conversations and follow the entire process by the books to avoid any hiccups along the way.
Selecting Exterior Home Colors
When working with your HOA for approval, you should receive a list of approved paint colors to select from for your project. There are a few factors to consider in Arizona before you get started selecting the perfect color for your home.
- Quality of paint: Here in Arizona, it is important to select a paint color and brand that can withstand intense heat and temperatures. Here at Crash of Rhinos, we use Dunn-Edwards paint, which is designed to block UV rays, prevent fading and last through the brutal Arizona summers.
- Color of paint: With that being said, Dunn-Edwards also suggests choosing a lighter shade since darker colors tend to absorb more heat. This could decrease the energy-efficiency of your home as well as affect the strength of your paint.
- Test it out: If you are selecting from a few options, test paint swatches on various areas of your home. This will allow you to see how the colors look in different sunlight.
If you don’t want to deal with your HOA or the hassle of painting the exterior of your home, we are here to help! At Crash of Rhinos painting, we have an in-house color consultant who is here to help you every step of the way.
We start by working directly with your HOA to fill out any paperwork that is required and to receive a list of approved color options. We have helped hundreds of homeowners go through this process and know exactly what needs to be done to complete the job as quickly as possible. On average, our color consultant is able to save you 8-12 hours by dealing with your HOA and handing the paint selection process directly.
Once we have approval from your HOA, we use digital renderings to illustrate how the paint will look on your home. From there, we will come out to your home to apply the paint directly to different areas of your home, so you can see how your choices will look in the sunlight.
If you are ready to get started with your painting project, contact our team today at (602) 540-7471 or request your free quote to get started!