Are you thinking about starting off the new year with a fresh new look for your home’s exterior? If so, good for you! That’s a New Year’s resolution we want to help you achieve. However, before you schedule your consultation, you need to find out the repainting rules (if there are any) for your community.
If you live in a neighborhood that is governed by an HOA and/or bylaws, this means you live in a deed restricted community, which most likely has specific regulations that need to be adhered to when making any change to the exterior of your home. Each community has its own process with any number of hoops you might have to jump through. A more lax HOA may only require a quick conversation with your neighbor on the board to get a change approved, whereas an HOA with tighter regulations may require you to submit detailed forms to a management company that may take days or even weeks to be approved or denied.
Generally, an HOA is primarily concerned with the overall aesthetics of the neighborhood in order to protect the value of the homes within it. This is actually a good thing even though it may be a tedious process. It keeps your eccentric neighbor from painting their house neon pink, which could prevent you from ever being able to sell your home, not to mention having to live next to a big eye-sore.
The pitfall that some homeowners fall into is that they settle for repainting their home the exact same color simply to avoid having to go through the process of getting a new color approved. What they don’t realize is that some HOA’s will still require paperwork to be filled out, even if the color isn’t being changed. The other thing those homeowners are missing out on is the “Wow Factor” that a new color change can make. Styles and trends change every few years, so a color that may have been popular ten years ago, might seem outdated now. The benefits of a fresh new look will far outweigh the hassle of filling out some paperwork.
With that being said, there are some important factors to consider when making a color change:
- Adjacent roof color
- Fade factor – lighter, earthy colors will last longer than darker, more vibrant shades
- Adjacent stone or brick colors
- Other house colors nearby
Just as an HOA is concerned with the overall aesthetics, you should also take into account the big picture – all the elements on your home’s exterior including neighboring houses – and make sure all of the shades and tones work together. As always, we’re available to offer expert advice on paint colors. So when you’re ready to hire an Orlando-based painting contractor, make sure you’ve researched the rules and regulations for your community first, then send us a message or give us a call at 407.366.9881!