While the homeowners association is responsible for upkeep of common ground and community amenities, it is up to residents to maintain their own yard and property. When one home is an eyesore it can detract from the lots nearby. Kuester Management Group has released a new statement to the press with some tips for protecting the appeal and aesthetics of the neighborhood.
“Everyone in the community wants to ensure that it is a safe and enjoyable place to live and property value is maintained,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “Working together, the HOA and homeowners can make that possible. By staying on top of yard and home maintenance, you can keep things from getting out of hand.”
Kuester advises homeowners to evaluate their property periodically, taking note of whether trees and shrubs need to be trimmed, siding needs to be replaced, the roof needs to be repaired, or it could use other sprucing up. “Being proactive and making repairs before things become too serious can help reduce expenses later on,” notes Kuester.
Planting flowers or giving porches and shutters a fresh coat of paint can be an easy way to enhance the look and feel of the property. Getting walkways, porches, and siding power washed once a year can help as well and remove any built up grime or debris. Kuester adds that this can also encourage neighbors to do the same when they see that you are taking steps to keep things looking fresh.
“Another simple strategy is to clean up after yourselves,” comments Kuester. “Bring in any toys or materials you may have been using after you are done. Once the trash and recycling has been collected, pull in your bins and store them in the garage or side yard so that they are out of the way. Clean up any downed limbs or trash after a storm to keep things looking neat and orderly.”
Of course it is imperative that before making any changes – being it paint colors, fixtures, or additions – that homeowners check the HOA rules to ensure they are abiding by set policies. If they have any questions, it is better to be safe and check before moving ahead.
On a final note, Kuester reminds homeowners, “Be practical and consider the impression your home and yard make and what image you are presenting. Be mindful of keeping up with cutting the lawn and maintaining a clean look that preserves the integrity of the community.”
Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time.
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