The Perils of Exterior Painting (or Not Painting) Under HOA Oversight

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Homeowners are often shocked when they’re politely put on notice by their homeowners’ association (HOA) because their exterior paint requires a new coat. However, it’s simply a reality of our region. The desert sun is intense, colors can fade, and paint jobs take a beating. If you’ve been told it’s time to paint, it’s important to know how to navigate the rules and guidelines of your HOA.

At Ellsworth Home Services, we understand the ins and outs of working with Arizona HOAs. Many people purchase homes in Arizona without fully realizing the advantages and limitations of living within the rules and regulations of an HOA. Though it can occasionally be exasperating, compliance with the HOA is always the best course of action. Resistance is futile, or as the old saying goes, why not ride the horse in the direction it’s going?

Steps for the Exterior Painting of Your Home

After scheduling a consultation with one of our expert representatives, a full inspection will be performed, an estimate provided, color samples chosen, and a timeline established. The HOA generally provides guidelines for homeowners and online forms to fill out. Often the HOA will request a color swatch be provided. Submitting the forms may take a while, so it’s important to plan ahead and leave plenty of time for the process. In many cases, HOA decisions are made by committees comprised of community members which means approvals won’t happen overnight.

Appeals, Revisions and Special Requests

Over the years, we’ve worked with countless homeowners, thousands of color combinations and finishing requests and various HOAs – some strict and some relaxed. The fact is, not every color request is going to be approved, and some HOAs are tougher than others. Submitting correct forms in a timely manner and acting within the HOA guidelines is always the best policy. If at first, a color is rejected, there are generally guidelines for making an appeal to the HOA committee. Patience is the number one quality generally required in these situations.

Choose Ellsworth for Experience and Expertise

Choosing a new color scheme (or repainting your present faded color) is one of the most visually rewarding home improvements you can make. Repainting breathes new life into your home. In fact, new colors can add a whole new dimension to the look of your house.

At Ellsworth Home Services, we are with you every step of the way. If you are planning to repaint your home, it’s never too early to get the process started.