How an HOA Can Help With Repair Costs

Sean Deminski, Realtor®
Sean Deminski, Realtor®
Published on August 15, 2018

Whether you are looking to purchase your first home or are looking to move into a bigger house to fit your growing family, there are sometimes costs associated with either fixing your current home or the home you are going to move into. When the home is located in an area that is part of a homeowner’s association, there may be instances where they can help with some repair costs. However, there are many factors to that are taken into consideration when it comes to this.

 

What Do HOA Fees Cover For Maintenance?

For those who have to pay HOA fees, a typical question revolves around what do these fees actually cover with regards to repairs. Generally speaking, the HOA’s rules on repairing things such as fences and driveways will vary between communities. More often than not, repairs covered by the HOA will include anything that is shared between the homes and in other common areas in the community.

 

Fixing Sidewalks And Driveways

As stated earlier, each homeowners association has their own set of policies regarding what they will cover. When buying a new home, it is wise to ask your realtor about the rules and regulations regarding the HOA of the community. In general, some of the costs and repairs covered by HOA fees may include things such as city services, lawn care, pest control and driveway pavement repairs. For the costs associated with repairing a driveway, you may or may not get fully reimbursed for the cost of the repairs.

 

Causes Of Pavement Cracking

Owning a home with a driveway is nice until it starts to crack. The early indications of cracking in your driveway’s pavement can seem like it comes from a variety of unrelated factors like being next to a fence, or just being cold. However, one of the more common causes of cracking in your driveway is because it was improperly installed. Improper installation is one of the reasons why you will be able to get help covering the repair cost from the homeowners association. When working with the HOA to get your driveway repaired, you will find that you might be able to lower the cost of a crew and trucks by using them for a whole day to repair multiple driveways in the HOA. The best concrete contractors will be able to fix your driveway so that it will be good as new once it’s finished being repaired.

 

There is a lot involved with being a homeowner. Repairs and other costs can quickly add up over time. However, if you can find yourself able to pay HOA fees each month and enjoy the convenience of labor-free amenities, you will be happier to find a home in a neighborhood with a good homeowners association included.

 

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