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How to Freshen Up the Look of a Home with Strict HOA Guidelines

How to Freshen Up the Look of a Home with Strict HOA Guidelines

We all have that friend or neighbor who had grand plans for their house painting project only to get stopped midway (or before they even began) by their HOA.

If your homeowner’s association has strict guidelines for house painting, you don’t have to give up your dream of a more beautiful home that expresses your unique tastes. Here’s what the HOA painting experts at Trico Painting recommend to avoid noncompliance, fines, and other headaches.

Review HOA Guidelines First

Don’t assume what exterior painting restrictions might be in place. Do a careful review of your homeowner’s association guidelines before getting started on any projects. You can find this information in their Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R), which you signed when you became a member of that HOA.

Get Familiar with Their Approved Colors and Products

Some CC&R documents might specify approved color palettes or color schemes. Others might specify brands or products that they know last longer or that help them maintain the aesthetic they’re going for in the community.

Start with this. Is this something you can work with? Are there colors within their specified preferences that you find appealing or that fit the vision you already had in mind? If so, your project will have less hang-ups. If not, there’s an important next step you need to take.

Get Required Approvals

You’ll likely need to notify your HOA of major painting projects you’re planning anyway so that they know to expect contractors coming and going within a certain time. To add to this, you’ll almost certainly need express approval if your preferred colors don’t fall within those specified as approved in your CC&R. That document will outline what the approval process is.

Schedule Responsibly

Your CC&R approval guidelines may include requirements around scheduling your painting projects. After reviewing those, determine the documentation you need to provide and the amount of notice you need to give your HOA at various steps of the process.

If you have multiple projects planned for approval, give an idea of how long they will take and how many people and trucks will be on the property. If you’re not sure, just ask your painting contractor for clarification on any questions your HOA leadership has.

Take the Same Steps for Interiors

Be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking, “If they have a lot of regulations about exterior painting, I’ll just focus on my interior painting instead.”

It’s very possible that the painting restrictions in your HOA CC&R also include interior painting, so it’s important to take an all-inclusive approach to following HOA guidelines. That will maintain good relations with your HOA leadership, which will probably mean less stress for you and your family.

Keep Up with Maintenance

One of the best ways to stay in your HOA’s good graces is to keep up with maintenance around your property, thus avoiding any safety hazards or areas of your property becoming what your HOA might deem an eyesore.

Some things you’ll want to keep an eye on include:

  • Damaged Paint: Paint chipping, peeling, bubbling, or other paint damage is visually unappealing to your HOA and puts your surfaces at risk.

  • Exterior Woodwork Issues: Wooden trim, porches, or decking that have lost their luster and need refinishing or staining will definitely be noticed by your HOA, neighbors, and visitors. If it’s been more than a few years, or if it just doesn’t look as good as it used to, it’s time to schedule woodwork improvement services for your home.

  • Woot Rot: If any of the woodwork on your property smells damp or musty, or if it is starting to crack or crumble, it’s more than an eyesore. Damaged, degrading, or rotting exterior wood can impact surrounding surfaces, and wood rot can spread to wreak more havoc across your property. So it’s important to address it as soon as possible.

  • Damaged Caulking: Caulk damage, and any moisture damage or discoloration you notice around the damaged caulk, is unsightly. And it could lead to issues with moisture intrusion, pests, and increased energy costs. Caulk should be seamless, so if you notice it popping, protruding, or separating from any surfaces, it needs repair.

Work with an Experienced HOA Contractor

Not every exterior and interior painting company specializes in HOA compliance. You don’t want the added stress of wondering whether your contractor knows what’s at stake.

If you live in Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, El Dorado HIlls, or the surrounding areas, you can rely on local house painters Trico Painting to work within your HOA CC&R criteria. We understand how to keep you in compliance and are comfortable with any size HOA painting project, including maintenance and repairs.


And there’s no need to sacrifice your vision or creativity. We’ll do whatever we can within those guidelines to give you the look and finish you want in every room or exterior area of your home. Make your HOA say “Wow!” Contact Trico Painting for an exterior or interior painting estimate today.