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Homeowners Associations or HOA for short, are found within many communities here in Colorado. They usually oversee and manage neighborhood common areas, amenities and ensure that property owners are following their rules and regulations. Their goals are usually centered around helping maintain clean and beautiful neighborhoods and are often known for keeping an eye on parks, sidewalks, yards, and of course the exterior of your home. In order to maintain this, there are HOA painting guidelines.
When deciding to get your home’s exterior painted within the Denver Metro Area, it’s important you do some research about your communities’ requirements and HOA painting guidelines. Since the look and feel of the neighborhood is their responsibility you may find that they have strict rules regarding what exerior paint colors you can use, which is why you must first submit your colors for approval before painting.
If you paint without this approval, chances are they will eventually notice it and you'll face consequences for not following their procedure. Some may issue a fine and then make you go through the color approval process. If your colors do not meet their standards you would need to repaint your home again or face property liens that could affect the possibility of selling your home in the future. This could more than double your cost of painting and cause you a lot of headaches.
That being said, the HOA Color process isn't usually that difficult.
If your HOA has a color book take some time to review it and see if you like any of their combinations. Want to choose your own colors? That’s usually okay too you just want to make note of their color requirements like colors they don’t allow or LRV scores.
What are LRV scores?
Some HOAs require that you submit color paint chips or paint up samples on your garage so they can go by to see. Check to see what your HOA’s requirements are.
If your colors get denied then you will need to start the whole process again. This is why it’s in your best interest to review their standards and requirements beforehand so you know what they are looking for. Your rejection will likely come with an explanation as to why they were not approved.
First off, please know that everyone sees colors differently and if you struggle with or do not know much about color theory there are people and resources that are here to help you.
Still no luck? Reach out to your painting contractor and ask if they offer any sort of color consults! Colorado Commercial & Residential Painting is your one-stop-shop here in the Denver Metro area for all things painting and can assist you if needed on your color selection. We work well with HOAs and know all the HOA painting guidelines.