Demolition and Your HOA

February 27, 2020

Most folks today live in an area that is governed by a Homeowner’s Association (HOA).  Negotiating with them to get approval for demolition and construction projects can be tricky, but is so necessary!  One of the best ways to know that you have an HOA is the fact that you pay dues on either a monthly or annual basis.  Let’s look at the best ways to work with your neighborhood HOA when it comes to demolition and construction projects, and what you need to take into consideration before you start your project.

Check-in With Your HOA Before Demolition

Most HOA groups have an architectural standards committee, or it’s equivalent.  This group is responsible for reviewing and approving or rejecting plans that homeowners submit.  You should make this your very first step.  Don’t cut corners when it comes to HOA approval and permission.  Your shortcut can turn into a real problem if you proceed without their blessing.  Get permission in writing before you begin your project.

Permits You Might Need

Most HOAs will insist that all the work you do to your home be permitted according to the regulations in your area.  They may also demand that any contractors that work on your home be licensed and insured.  For your own protection, you’ll want to do this anyway.  This helps to make sure that the work is up to par with your expectations and that you won’t have any legal or liability issues.  Don’t skip this step, or you may find yourself in trouble with the HOA.

Don’t Wake the Neighbors!

Although demo and construction crews like to get an early start, be mindful of the HOA rules, and stick to the times that they stipulate you are allowed to have work occurring.  Bugging the neighbors by starting too early, or finishing up the day too late, is bound to have them complaining to the HOA.  Avoid this by sticking to the guidelines.

Are We Almost Finished?

As noted above, you need to pay attention to the times of day that workers carry out their activities on your home.  You also may have a deadline for completing all work… say 60 or 90 days, or some other increment of time that you need to complete the work within.  You need to have this conversation with your contractors, preferably before work starts, so that the expectation is clear to all parties.

Keep it Clean!

Keeping your demolition/construction site clean will go a long way towards showing your HOA that you are considerate of your neighbors and intend to stick to the rules during this phase.  Besides, keeping your work area clean will help you to keep things organized as the work progresses.  When you hire Sanford & Son Demolition and Cleanouts, you can trust that we’ll keep the job site clean and efficient.

Sanford & Son Demolition and Cleanouts is the chosen provider of hauling, cleanout, and demolition services.  We service BALTIMORE, BEL AIR, COLUMBIA, ANNAPOLIS, AND WASHINGTON DC.  The next time you’ve got dirty work to do, contact us and save time and aggravation.  We’ll handle it for you!