Will the HOA Approve My Fence?

Will the HOA Approve My Fence?

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:45

There are few places in the country growing as rapidly as western North Carolina. The populations of Asheville and surrounding towns have grown exponentially over the past few decades. Conventional wisdom might have suggested that some of this growth would have slowed during the global pandemic that changed the world; however, it has been quite the opposite. 

With so many careers shifting to hybrid and remote offices, people have more flexibility with where they live. They are choosing to call our area home. 

Real estate professionals have reported that people are purchasing homes and properties sight-unseen. While that has driven asking prices higher, it has not deterred more and more people from calling this area home. 

New neighborhoods are developing faster than ever. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for generations, you may find that you are working within the regulations of a new (or new to you) HOA. 

 

For some, your homeowners association may seem like a thorn in your side. Others find that the HOA helps establish the tone they want for the neighborhood while preserving property values. 

Regardless of where your opinion lands regarding HOAs, if you are building a fence, you will need to make sure it is approved, or you will face penalties. In this article, we are helping homeowners build the kind of fence HOAs will approve. 

Tips for Building a New Fence Within HOA Rules

1. Familiarize Yourself With HOA Guidelines

If you need a fence, it is tempting to begin digging post holes and installing your fence. However, if your house is part of a neighborhood with an HOA, you can expect to receive some significant consequences if you choose to forge ahead without approval. 

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to homeowners associations. However, you can expect regulations to address these components of your fence installation project:

  • Materials: It is likely your HOA will have standards regarding the fence materials you use. 
  • Color: Your HOA probably has a handful of approved colors. 
  • Height: The HOA will almost certainly have a range of approved heights for your fence. 
  • Activity: Your HOA (and possible municipality) will likely require a fence if you have a pool or pets. 
  • Length/Width: Your fence may need to only cover a certain amount of square footage.
  • Maintenance: Your HOA will circle back to make sure your fence remains in tip-top shape. 

Knowing what your HOA expects will go a long way toward ensuring you do not have to keep tweaking your fence or replacing it altogether. 

2. Communicate Your Fence Installation With Your HOA

Even if you are familiar with your HOA’s regulations, you should still communicate your intention to install a fence before getting started. Surprising the association with a new fence on your property will raise red flags and potentially put you at odds with the board. 

Skip the battle by taking steps to make sure everyone who needs to know about your fence has the information they need. 

3. Construct a High-Quality Fence

The motivation behind most of your HOA’s regulations is to ensure the neighborhood puts its best foot forward. People want to make sure their property maintains and even increases its value. 

In western North Carolina, homes and properties should be valuable assets that grow in equity over time. You can avoid drawing the ire of your HOA by constructing a high-quality fence. 

A few principles to help make sure your fence is the envy of your neighborhood includes:

  1. Choosing Quality Material: While chain link or something like chicken wire may be the most affordable fencing option for security or to keep your dog in the yard, it will not be the most aesthetically pleasing. The purpose of your fence will often determine the materials required. If you are building a fence for your pool, you need a material that will withstand water like PVC/vinyl. For security and aesthetics, you might choose a picket fence or an ornamental aluminum/steel fence. 
  2. Use Neighborhood-Approved Colors: Before you paint your fence the brightest, flashiest color you can imagine, you should determine if there are HOA guidelines regarding color. Likely, staying within these regulations will help maintain your home’s property value. 
  3. Do Not Build Too Tall or Too Short: You may picture your fence towering above your roofline, but chances are the HOA will have regulations for that as well. Make sure your fence is within the approved height guidelines. 
  4. Build a Fence that Lasts a Long Time: You do not want to go through this process with the HOA every few years. You need a fence that will stand the test of time, not one you will have to replace repeatedly. 

4. Maintain Your Fence

As important as it is to build a quality fence, you must make sure your fence is properly maintained. If it is not, its deterioration could result in HOA penalties and increased stress in your life. 

Many fence materials are inherently low-maintenance, maintaining their appearance and function for years to come. 

5. Choose a Reputable Fence Company 

One of the best ways to ensure your fence is approved by your homeowner’s association is by choosing a reputable fence company to install it. Asheville Fence, for example, works with property owners and HOAs to ensure the installation of a high-quality, aesthetically appealing fence that meets all standards. 

We have all the best materials, including PVC/vinyl and ornamental aluminum and steel, so you can have a low-maintenance, beautiful fence for which your neighbors will thank you. 

Contact the team at Asheville Fence for more information about how you can build a fence your HOA will love.