The media often highlights the complaints that people have about homeowners associations, but rarely shows the benefits that come from living in these managed communities. Not every HOA is mismanaging funds or implementing unrealistic standards; these are often few and far between compared to the thousands of HOAs that exist across the country. In a new statement to the press, Kuester Management Group reveals some of the benefits of choosing to live in an HOA community.
“One of the greatest benefits of living in a neighborhood that is run by a homeowners association is that it can protect the value of your home,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “The rules and policies that exist are there to uphold the appeal and appearance of the community. You don’t have to worry about your neighbor painting their house bright blue, installing a massive shed in their backyard, putting up a fence that is an eyesore, or letting their yard be overrun by weeds or shrubs.”
These are all issues that can detract from the value and appeal of surrounding homes. HOAs keep a more uniform and standard look which is attractive to both current and future homeowners. In addition, they have lawn care and maintenance services that tend to common areas and keep them in top shape.
Another benefit of HOA communities is that they often come with a variety of amenities, says Kuester. From clubhouses, fitness centers, and pools to tennis courts, basketball courts, and playgrounds, these are all features that the neighborhood may provide. HOA fees are used to maintain these amenities and keep them accessible and usable by all residents. Residents in non-HOA neighborhoods may have to travel further to access these types of activities or pay membership fees at public sites.
“The HOA can also help to resolve conflicts within the neighborhood,” notes Kuester. “If you’re having an issue with your neighbor or would like to see something changed, you can voice these concerns to the board. You can be as active or passive as you want in guiding how the community is run. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities; you could even choose to run for a board position to help create a stronger, more enjoyable community.”
There can also be a greater sense of community in HOA developments. Kuester encourages HOAs to hold community events and get-togethers that bring homeowners together and allow everyone to get to know one another. Building these connections can forge more seamless living conditions and a stronger sense of pride in the neighborhood as a whole.
Before deciding on a neighborhood, take the time to research the area and talk to local residents about what they like and dislike about living there. “You may find that an HOA community provides everything you’re looking for and then some,” says Kuester.
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. More information is available at www.kuester.com or @KuesterCompany.