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Have an HOA? Don't reroof your home before you read this!

October 15, 2017

There are many precautions to take before replacing your roof. You need to pick a reliable contractor, select your options for roofing materials, and schedule a time for replacement. However, if you’re one of the 40 percent of the KC population living in an area with an active Homeowners’s Association (HOA), failing to get pre-approval might cost you. Here are a few steps to ensure that your roof is within the guidelines of your HOA.

  • First, remember that the HOA is on your side. The goal of the HOA is to preserve the overall look and feel of the subdivision. The HOA maintains the curb appeal of the neighborhood by creating and enforcing the covenants. They ensure that your home and those in your neighborhood maintain property values for years to come.
  • Ask the right questions. Things to ask your HOA include what is needed when submitting a roofing project for approval? What are the usual timelines? Is there a monthly deadline for getting the project before the board for approval?
  • Before making any changes to your home, it is important to get a copy of the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). You probably received a copy when you moved into your home, but since they are subject to change you want to make sure you have the most updated copy. Review the document and the specific guidelines for roofing material and colors before making any decisions regarding your new roof.
  • The next step is to fill out any necessary forms due to your HOA before proceeding with any actions. Having a sample of the roofing material and plans from the contractor will help the HOA determine your specific situation. Most HOA boards only meet once a month, so it is important to be patient and not rush ahead before gaining approval in writing. If you miss a deadline, you might have to wait an additional month to get approval.
  • Keep your contractor in the loop. It can be costly for both you and your contractor if materials are purchased before they are approved, then need to be returned if denied. Your contractor also needs to know of any changes in timelines for approval and the start of the project.

It is helpful when working with an HOA to hire a contractor familiar with your particular geographic area and who is familiar with the HOAs in those neighborhoods. RSG Construction proudly serves the greater Kansas City metro area and works with you and your HOA to ensure an easy process from start to finish. Give the team at RSG a call at 816-866-4235 or just click HERE to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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