A major draw of homeowners associations (HOAs) is that they help protect property value. Homeowners appreciate that there are certain standards and expectations that the community is held to. Knowing that someone is not going to have a broken-down vehicle sitting in their yard or won’t paint their home bright green can be appealing. Kuester Management Group has released a statement to the press regarding activities the HOA can put in place to boost overall appeal of the neighborhood to make it more attractive.
“There will always be turnover in communities as homeowners move in and out due to various circumstances in their lives, but the HOA wants to keep its reputation positive so new buyers are attracted to the neighborhood,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “Part of this involves creating a welcoming and visually appealing environment that people are proud to call home.”
Consistent enforcement of HOA rules and regulations is key. Ensure that current homeowners are doing their part to keep their own property up to standards. Make sure that violations are addressed and resolved in a timely manner. This plays a big role in the overall upkeep of the neighborhood.
The board should also work with the landscaping company and other contractors to keep common areas in good shape. Grass should be mowed and trimmed, flowers and shrubs planted, weeds pulled, and buildings power washed. If amenities are starting to look run-down, maintenance and repairs should be scheduled. Consider applying a fresh coat of paint, resealing or lining parking lots, and making sure trash is picked up.
“Consider how the neighborhood looks at night as well,” says Kuester. “Is there proper lighting to make it feel safe and inviting? Or are there dark areas that seem ominous? Streetlights, walkway lighting, and motion sensors can make a big difference. They also help to deter crime and suspicious activity.”
The board can also boost appeal by creating a stronger sense of community. Hold regular events and activities that homeowners can get involved in. Have opportunities for everyone to get to know each other and socialize. When people talk about the neighborhood, the HOA wants it to be a friendly place full of activity, not a standoffish community where there is little interaction.
“It’s also important for the board to stay on top of communications and be responsive to member needs,” says Kuester. “When people are looking to move, they often ask others about their neighborhoods and what their experiences are. Make it easy for them to present the HOA in a positive light because they have had good experiences dealing with the board, having their voices heard, and seeing improvements around the neighborhood.”
Working with a property manager like Kuester Management Group can help the HOA manage daily needs, improve communication, resolve problems, and create a more positive community experience. For more information, contact Kuester at www.kuester.com.
Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time.
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