Common Types of HOA Homeowners

Just about every homeowner’s association is made up of several types of people. These neighborhoods are made up of people from various backgrounds and with all sorts of different personalities. Condominium Manager FloridaThis diversity is part of what makes many communities so amazing. The differences can also create some challenges for HOA boards.

While everyone is unique, many HOA homeowners fall into one of three categories. Listed below are the three primary types of homeowners in most HOAs.

Common Types of HOA Homeowners

The Knowledgeable Homeowner

Knowledgeable homeowners are the board’s best friend. They understand the responsibilities that come with living in a homeowner’s association, and they tend to stay on top of important HOA matters. They usually face issues with openness and a willingness to learn.

Common traits of knowledgeable homeowners include:

  • Willingness to provide ample notice when requesting permission from the board to change something on their property
  • Familiarity with association documents and bylaws
  • Understanding of the association’s rules
  • Regular attendance at meetings

Unfortunately for many boards, these involved and understanding homeowners are the minority in HOAs.

The Involved Homeowners

Like knowledgeable homeowners, involved homeowners understand the rules and what it means to live in an association. However, they also want to take an active role in the community. They sign up for committees and they often become board members.

A few common traits of involved homeowners include:

  • Regular attendance and participation at meetings
  • Volunteers their time and participates in committees
  • Keeps up with HOA news and meeting minutes
  • Reads up on issues involving the association

Involved homeowners make up a small percentage of the population, but they can be extremely helpful to associations.

The Indifferent Homeowner

Indifferent homeowners are common in associations, and they can be frustrating for boards. They often don’t take the time to really understand the rules or what’s expected when living in a homeowner’s association. They might break rules regularly and lash out when penalized.

Some of the common traits of indifferent homeowners include:

  • Failure to read and understand important association documents and bylaws
  • Complains frequently
  • Doesn’t attend meetings or read minutes
  • Doesn’t volunteer time to participate on committees, etc.

Indifferent homeowners can cause a lot of headaches for associations. However, it is the responsibility of the board to try to connect with these people and educate them on what it means to live in an association.

As an HOA board, it’s extremely important to recognize the many different types of homeowners in your community. Ideally, you can turn even the most indifferent owners into knowledgeable and involved ones by working with them and trying to get them to connect more with the community.

One of the many ways to ensure that you’re connecting with all types of homeowners in a positive manner is by working with a professional homeowner’s association management company. A professional management company has seen all types of homeowners and knows how to work with everyone to ensure maximum benefit for the entire community.

The process of transitioning a homeowner’s association from self-management to a professional management company is often challenging and requires a acute attention to detail. From taking the time to find a property management team that’s a good fit for your management needs as well as your community’s culture to letting the neighborhood know about the change, it’s important to approach each step of the process carefully.

If you’ve decided to make the switch from self-managing your HOA to hiring a professional property management company, here are a few tips to ensure an easy transition.

How to Transition from Self-Management to a Professional HOA Management Companyprofessional property manager

 

  1. Plan ahead. If your community has been self-managed for a significant amount of time, it’s important to plan ahead to gather all of the necessary information and choose the right company. First, you’ll need to hand over all of your important documents to the management company, so gathering everything you need is a vital step in the process.Do some research online and ask around for recommendations on the best HOA management company in your area.
  2. Determine your basic requirements. Assess your needs and develop a list of the services you would like the HOA management company you choose to provide. Consider things like neighborhood support, vendor services, financial management, etc.
  3. Conduct interviews. Just like you’d interview an employee, you need to interview HOA managers to find the right one for your community. In addition to learning more about the company and management team, an interview is an opportunity to address any concerns you may have and determine whether the company’s values are in line with the values of your community and its residents.
  4. Share the news. Once you’ve selected an HOA management company, let residents in the community know about the change. Try to let them know as quickly as possible, and make yourself available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise as the result of the transition.

If you’re thinking about transitioning your HOA from self-management to a professional HOA manager, we can help. At AMI, we offer a full range of services, and we’re experts when it comes to property management in Florida. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you make the switch from self-management to a professional management team.

 



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