HOA violation letters can be an annoying part of living in a planned community, for all the important benefits an HOA brings. You know you’ve been putting that house cleaning session for too long when you start getting HOA warning letters in your mailbox. When it comes to these matters, it’s best to be proactive and clean your house exterior before you get fined for keeping an unsightly home.
HOA Violation Letters and Exterior House Cleaning
Living in an HOA has its benefits, but their rules can be difficult to navigate. Many of them seem to demand perfection when it comes to the appearance of your home. Your grass has to be healthy and well-trimmed, you can’t have certain trees or shrubs in your yard, your front yard must be immaculate. The cleanliness of your home’s exterior is also under scrutiny every time the community manager passes by for an inspection.
When you live in an HOA, you agree to abide by a set of rules, and some of them can result in HOA violation letters if you’re too negligent. Your community will have what is known as the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or CC&Rs in short. The HOA has set some aesthetic standards in these documents that you, as the homeowner, should observe.
When you violate these regulations, the HOA has certain measures they can use. These can include HOA violation letters, or even steep fines as allowed by statutes in North Carolina and elsewhere.
HOAs exist to improve and preserve the community’s property value. While this is generally a good thing, it can be a huge pain to manage the stains on your home. Common HOA violation issues include your home’s siding, driveway, and roof. This article will inform you about different cleaning methods and help you avoid those pesky violation letters.
1. Cleaning Your Siding
One of the most common siding HOA violations is the presence of unsightly mold, mildew, or algae on your house’s sidings. These organisms thrive where moisture is present. Over time, shaded parts of your home will become stained. For lighter stains, you can use simple household materials; 70% water mixed with 30% white vinegar along with some elbow grease. Those tougher stains require more care and better equipment.
When dealing with more serious stains or even moss you need to be cautious. When vinegar and water won’t due you need something more powerful, but tackling this task alone without the right set of equipment can do more harm. Lack of experience can lead to a sub-par job, or worse, lead to exterior damage or even the possibility of injury. Professional pressure washing companies take every factor into account; the stain severity, siding material, and surrounding surfaces.
2. Checking the Roof Conditions
What is the hardest part of removing stains from your roof? The ground after you fall, which is why we recommend you hire the professionals to clean your roof. All kidding aside, we strongly suggest you call the experts when it comes to roof cleaning and maintenance. No HOA violation letter is worth getting a serious injury.
You may notice black streaks forming on your roof. The community manager passing by will not miss that, as well. This is yet another HOA warning letter that should have been avoided early on. Similar to your home’s siding, mildew and algae grow on the shingles that are exposed to moisture for longer periods of time. That is why you see clean streaks below vents on your roof.
Cleaning your roof, for many people, can be a challenge. So is having to go to the HOA with your copy of the HOA violation letter, and having to pore over photos so that the HOA can already tell you what you probably already know: you need to clean that roof.
There are DIY instructions out there on roof cleaning but without the proper equipment and training, you may run into issues. It’s a better idea, the majority of the time, to consult with a local pressure washing expert and ask about their services. The earlier you spot the problem and deal with it, the quicker the cleaning experts can fix the issue before they can set in and actually do damage to your roof.
3. Pressure Washing the Driveway and Garage
If you commute to work or school, your driveway is constantly being used. It gets parked over, cluttered, or is otherwise occupied such that you don’t have time to clean it. You leave for work in the morning, park in the driveway at night, friends park there when you have people over. A large delivery could be taking over a good part of the driveway.
It’s only after a while that you may notice the concrete getting filthier, whether it be from dirt, tire marks, or even oil stains. Neglecting to clean your driveway can lead to an HOA violation letter in no time.
As the case with your sidings, you can use household products to clean lighter stains from your home’s surfaces. The same products that you use for the rest of your home can also clean up your driveway. Mixing about 3oz of washing soda per gallon of water makes for a great washing solution.
After applying, scrub the pavement with a deck brush and the dirt should rinse away. It’s a process that can take you a whole afternoon, and should get rid of most of the dirt and stain from day to day driveway use. For those more difficult stains, however, you may need to resort to something more heavy-duty. The power of a pressure washer will turn your driveway looking like it’s been newly laid down, and it can save you a lot of time and effort, too.
Avoid HOA Violation Letters By Keeping Your Home Clean
Cleaning your home is more than just about avoiding HOA violation letters. It’s also about keeping your home beautiful and safe for your family. Just know that there are local experts equipped and fully trained to complete the job quickly and efficiently if you need them to. Thinking about getting your home exterior a good scrub? Let us know how we can help, call Washh at 704.321.8000 or contact us online.