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Can you renovate a home in a HOA!

What are the limits to renovating a home that is a town home in an HOA? Can you change countertops, add decks (small) open up spaces by taking down wall? What are the limits?

  • October 20 2013 - Hackettstown
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Are you the owner or a buyer? Regards,
  • October 21 2013
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Every HOA is different.  Read your documents and see if permits from the HOA are required.  Do they required licensed contractors to perform work?

It should all be spelt out in your docs.
  • October 20 2013
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Most HOAs don't care what you do the interior unless it effects how the home is viewed from the exterior (window coverings for example).  That said, read your Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions - they were provided with your title report or your HOA can give you a copy - to find out the exact answer.

Have fun with the remodel!
  • October 20 2013
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Read the covenants, you'll find the answer there!
  • October 20 2013
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Non structural changes are ok except for anything outside. You will likely need approval from the board to add a deck,patio,etc...
  • October 20 2013
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Most HOA's will allow you to do non structural renovations inside the home. Be careful taking down walls, they may be support walls and need reinforcing. On the outside of the home you will have to check the covenants before doing anything. They are designed to protect the property values in the association. With any renovation you do make sure you get building permits if they are needed. When you decide to sell it can be a serious problem if you don't. 
Bill 
  • October 20 2013
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You need to read the covenants to be sure. Ask the HOA for a copy of them. Usually you can do anything you want inside the home, outside can be different. Antennas, decks, fences, colors, driveways, etc can be regulated. Look around the neighborhood, if you see others having what you want to do it is likely possible. Read the covenants to be sure. Often you need to make a request to the HOA for things you want to do outside, not inside.
  • October 20 2013
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