Appearance rules protect values

There are many benefits to living in gated estates: Owners can enjoy living freely among their neighbours, additional security comes standard and lower monthly outlays are usually the norm.
 
However, says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, there are also certain restrictions that come with living in an estate. “For instance, personal preference and choice with regard to the exterior appearance of a home may be limited by architectural and design guidelines that have been put in place to ensure uniformity.
 
“And while such rules differ from estate to estate, residents need to understand that their purpose is the same – to protect the value of all the homes in the development by creating a harmonious, homogenous environment.”
 
Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he also says that the Home Owners’ Association (HOA) tasked with ensuring the smooth running of the estate for the benefit of all owners must thus be prepared to stand its ground when enforcing the appearance rules, even if it is regarded by some residents as simply “spoiling the fun”.
 
“In fact, HOA’s should set down clear appearance guidelines from the outset as this will help eliminate any confusion or dispute later on. Included in the guidelines should be exclusions against “add-ons” such as carports, tool sheds, jungle gyms and gazebos which can be seen from the street.
 
“Additionally, the HOA may want to incorporate uniform standards into the guidelines for such items as exterior light fittings, security gates and bars and even house numbers and letter boxes.”
 
ISSUED BY CHAS EVERITT INTERNATIONAL
Loading comments
More news articles
news
Guidelines to securing a home loan
29 May 2018
Many young South Africans are working hard to achieve their dream of purchasing their first home. However, the process can be challenging due to the daunting application process, which can take up to 2 years and is often enough to discourage prospective buyers.
read more
news
Things you should consider before upgrading to a new home
23 Apr 2018
The thing about the property ladder is that at some point in our lives we all have reason to want to climb a rung or two higher. Sometimes, it’s because we’ve outgrown our previous dream home, or because we want to be in a better neighbourhood that’s closer to work or to schools. Sometimes it’s because our circumstances have changed, and we’re taking care of elderly parents or relatives. Sometimes, it’s just because we want a property that reflects the financial status our hard work has won.
read more