Any new change in your life requires a period of adjustment. The same holds true with going from being a homeowner to living in a community that is regulated by a homeowner association. Here are a few tips to transition from homeowner to homeowner association member in order to make the adjustment a little easier.
Give Yourself Some Time
You will need to give yourself plenty of time to adjust to the homeowner association’s way of life. Just like any other change, there will be an adjustment period. Give yourself the gift of time. While you are getting used to having someone else take care of the rules and regulations of community living, use the extra time to do other things.
Get to Know Your Community
If you’re not shoveling the snow, mowing the lawn, or taking care of the pool, what are you doing with your time? Consider taking time to get to know your new community. Take part in some of the things that your new neighborhood offers. Take a walk, explore your surrounds, introduce yourself, and enjoy the freedom.
Just because you no longer chat over the fence with your previous neighbor, doesn’t mean that you can’t get to know your new neighbors. Depending on what your new home and community offer, you could play tennis, take an aerobics class, or sign up for yoga, just to name a few things. There are so many activities and interests in which you can participate. Chances are you won’t know what to do first.
Look at the Value
If you haven’t done this yet, take some time to calculate the value you are receiving. If you have to spend 10 hours per week gardening, mowing, seeding, and repairing, you are getting quite a bit of value by having someone else do it.
Consider the cost, in time and money, of the gardener, the painter, the roofer, the electrician, and the plumber, to see how much time, effort, and money you are spending each month. Add that into the equation when looking at the homeowner fees and you will probably notice that it definitely pays to have a homeowner association to pay those fees for you.
Keep in Touch
Another great way to make the transition from homeowner to homeowner association member is to keep in touch with the board. When you keep in touch, you gain a relationship that can grow over time. You also gain valuable insights and knowledge about the issues and solutions related to the community. When you are informed, you feel powerful and knowledgeable.
It can take time to become accustomed to living within a community that has a homeowner association. Allow yourself some time to adjust and you will feel at home in no time.
TSP Painting Services has many happy HOA customers. Our company works well with, and respects the rules and regulations of homeowner association communities.