Staying up-to-date on home improvements is one of the best ways to visually attract new people to the homes in your homeowners association. However, it’s important to make sure you focus on interior and exterior improvements. Even if the community is beautifully maintained and decorated inside each unit, a rough exterior will have the best prospective members walking the other way.
When improving the curb appeal of your community, there are a few key tips to remember.
1. Watch Your Grassy Areas
Well-groomed grass looks great in a homeowners association, but consider whether you have the time and resources to maintain it. Also, if you’re dealing with Charlotte-area water restrictions, it might be too difficult to keep it as vibrant as you need.
If you must replace grassy areas, consider installing tennis courts, more homes or parking areas, basketball courts, garages, or even an indoor recreation area instead. You can also replace footsteps trails that have formed grass with actual walkways.
2. Set Up Your Landscaping
This will take some planning and consideration. Calculate what your cost will be for the initial beautification project—and for the ongoing maintenance it will require. Make sure there is room in your HOA budget for those seasonal flowers and the amount of water they’ll need. You can look for plants with high resilience or that can live on rainfall. Another idea is using a gray water recycling system, which can have long-term benefits that would justify the hefty short-term cost.
For any of these decisions, just make sure you’re able to maintain them in the long-run. Otherwise, you’ll be back where you started, but this time with more money spent.
3. Eliminate Trash
Make sure areas near trash compactors and collection points stay as clean as possible. If people see these places get out of control, they might wonder what other less-visible areas you are skimping on. Have maintenance staff working the day before and morning of trash day so you can catch the bulk before it piles up. If that’s not helping enough, consider more frequent trash pickups.
4. Pressure Wash
Using the best detergents for the job, make sure you regularly wash concrete areas, walls, and signs. Set a regular schedule for this.
5. Have Proper Lighting
Check out your HOA at night as if you are a first-time visitor. Does it look clean, safe, and inviting? If not, adding warm lighting is a must. Not only does it defer criminals, it can make residents feel safer and draw attention to attractive areas of your community.
6. Tighten Enforcement
Your HOA’s curb appeal problems could be a result of too-lax board members in the past. If that the case, it’s time to step up and make moves toward change. Your duty as an HOA board member is to look after the interest of the community, and that means taking control back from anyone who is causing the decrease of property values and association income.
Use the CC&Rs as enforcement, and be prepared for some people possibly getting upset. Remember, the goal is to maintain what’s best of the association.
These are just a few steps you can take in increasing your HOA’s curb appeal and attracting the best homeowners. For more help in improving and meeting the goals of your community, contact Cedar Management Group today!