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On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2021 | Homeowner Association & Condo Law |

It’s vitally important to be aware of zoning before making any major changes to your home or land. Zoning requirements are what keep many homeowners from freely modifying their property. This is something property owners have to think about before doing something like adding an extra story to their house.

It’s crucial to learn about before building a massive new garage to fit all your vehicles and half your belongings in that goes right up to the property line. Sometimes, a home is so far gone that it’s past the point of renovation and calls for a complete tear-down, demolishing one property to build a whole new one – or more – in which case, zoning certainly must be considered.

Know what you control – and what you don’t

Many things are regulated by homeowners associations, but some aren’t. It’s good to know what’s in your power to control so you don’t make any missteps in your property ownership. You don’t have to feel so restricted when you’re free to express your individuality without bounds in certain elements of your home.

Things like exterior wall color, the state of your yard, and removing seasonal decorations at a specific time are generally completely up to the homeowner. So if you get passive-aggressive letters on that subject, know that you can disregard them without letting them impact your day

Common interest developments or CIDs – often referred to as planned unit developments – are homeowners associations known for their notoriously strict property use restrictions. These rules are mainly in place to keep up the high value of the community’s properties. Living in a CID usually comes with perks like shared amenities: community buildings, parks, pools, tennis courts, and the like.

Settling into a HOA may seem daunting and overwhelming at first, but there are many benefits to this type of residential setup. Once you understand the basics, zoning becomes much easier to follow.