Is your HOA dropping the ball?
Often, buyers specifically look for houses that are part of a homeowners’ association so their investment is protected, and their property values aren’t negatively impacted by the choices of their neighbors. An effective HOA will enforce the rules of the neighborhood to keep it tidy and safe.
But not all HOAs meet these expectations. Sometimes its budget just doesn’t allow for everything that needs to be done. Sometimes it is just poorly managed or negligent.
More than a few of the Metro Detroit homeowners we’ve worked with have dealt with this too.
Some of the biggest complaints we hear are about neighboring homes not being kept up, yards that are a mess, people not cleaning up after their pets, and poor management of rentals. If a neighborhood has too many rental properties, there can be a lot of resident turnover and not enough proper home maintenance. When the values of those homes plummet, unfortunately they can also take down the value of the homes around them.
If this sounds familiar, here are a few things you can try.
Talk with Your Neighbors
Sometimes going right to the source of the problem is the quickest and most effective way to solve the problem. Reach out directly to your neighbor if you have a concern with their property. Is their yard a mess? Are their pets causing issues? Try addressing it with them and see what they say. If you ask people nicely, sometimes they understand and are willing to do better. Or you might find out they have something going on that is beyond their control. In that case, it may not change, but at least you’ll know. Maybe you can even offer to help.
Contact Your HOA Leadership
If dealing directly with the problem isn’t working, or your issue is with the common areas of the neighborhood, try contacting the leader of your HOA. If it is difficult to get in touch with them, keep trying. Remember, it’s their job to listen to homeowners and to be responsive when there’s a problem. After all, your HOA fees can be anywhere from $100-$700 a month, with the average at $200/month! You deserve an HOA that works for that money.
If you’re just not getting anywhere and you’re ready to make a change, consider us at Mitten Made Properties. We can help you move on from your current HOA neighborhood to a better environment. We buy Metro Detroit houses in any condition for cash, and we can close in as little as a couple of weeks. Call us at (248) 883-3340 to learn more.