March 28, 2018    Education, Homeowner Tips

Whether you want to give your home a new coat of paint or ready to plant a beautiful tree, it is best if you follow the rules to a good grade.

Measure twice cut once. Well, passing the architectural review is a little bit like that too. If you are more thoughtful before you submit your proposal, you can help your chances of passing the architectural review process the first time.



Architectural Guidelines. Each community has its own architectural guidelines so make sure your architect/landscaper understands and abides by your community guidelines before submitting to your association. Even if they assume you don’t need approval, you probably do need to follow some process.

Be Patient with Your Project or It Will Cost You. We understand you’re anxious to get a project started, but you should always wait for the proper architectural approval. If your application is denied, the homeowner may have to remove all of the improvements in order to get back into compliance. This will be at the homeowners’ cost and you will have to resubmit a revised plan for approval.

A Tree is Not Any Tree. Always check your guidelines for an accepted tree/plant palette before submitting. Not all areas can have certain tree/plant types if the property is within the burn zone. In this case, your will need to fill out Fuel Modifications and get approval from the OCFA.



All Processes are Not Alike. Know the process for exterior paint for your community and loop in your painting vendor. Most HOAs have approved vendors who are already educated on your community’s process, but always double check.

It’s More than Paint Chips. You must provide any review/refundable deposit fees. You’ll also have to submit paint color chips along with a color photo of your home and surrounding neighbors’ homes as not to duplicate color schemes.

Paint By Numbers. More than likely, you will need to submit a marked-up photo of your home clearly indicating where each color is to be applied. Do not leave anything out. Trims, doors, etc. It all matters.



Call your Architectural Coordinator. At Crummack Huseby we have people who are always here to help our clients throughout this process. We’re here just for processes like these, from start to finish.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help. Even if you decide to not engage your community manager or want to go directly to your HOA, do as much homework as possible by reviewing your community guidelines, talking to neighbors about their experiences, and also getting a reputable vendor you trust.


Good luck with your new projects. We applaud you for maintaining and elevating the look of your home.



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