There is a homeowners association near me which I tried to join when I first moved into my property but I couldn’t as I was just outside of their area. The people who ran that HA however did offer to help us get started if I could get enough people together in my area and so I began knocking on doors and around 6 weeks later we managed to get enough people on board to have our very own HA. I was a member of an HA where I used to live but it wasn’t a very active one, ours however is very different and here is why I believe everyone should set one up in their neighborhood.
The first point to make here is that just in the setting up of the HA you have a lot more contact with your neighbors and that brings everyone closer together. You don’t have to get on with all of your neighbors of course but it is so much nicer when you can all be cordial with one another and you can form a mini community. This helps in so many ways from supporting one another to adding security in and around your home.
There is a common rule which is followed in a HA which surrounds keeping your property looking good and making sure that the public spaces are also kept litter free and looking in good shape. This is not only nicer for the residents but it is also far more likely to ensure that anyone new who comes into the area is aware of what is expected of them. There is a theory that if you live in a dump you will treat it as such, which is why doing the opposite can be so beneficial.
If you would like to have certain installations in and around your property such as kid’s area, pet area or perhaps even a public pool or bench, doing it on your own isn’t much good but doing it collectively with fellow homeowners can be a far more efficient way of getting things done.
A well managed HA will help to maintain the value of the properties within it and it will also make your property more desirable to those who are coming in. A tidy area with less breakages and repairs outstanding, not to mention the security benefits which this will offer and the community feel, all of this is very attractive to a new homeowner.
The key to getting a HA set up is to first get around your neighbors and take their temperature on whether or not they would be up for this. Once that is done, set up a very informal meeting with them so that you can all have a chat about what you are looking to get out of such an agreement, and how you will manage it going forward.