I guess by the photo, it is obvious that I live in a neighborhood with no homeowner’s association. My front door was a blah shade of hunter green, blending in with all the other doors in the area. I suppose it could have been worse. The door could have been a beige or tan color. Maybe I would have painted it sooner. The door is not in the best condition, but it serves it’s purpose and won’t be replaced anytime soon. I like the bright turquoise. My door looks happier than the rest in my neighborhood.
If my neighborhood had an HOA, I would have been kicked out a long time ago. My lovely trampoline would have insured that. It has nine colors of duct tape holding it together– and you don not want to see a picture of my fence! HOA’s make you pay money to have rules. I guess that could help for resale value by keeping the area looking nice, however who wants to pay all those extra fees? Your home should be a safe, comfortable place to live, but let’s not forget that a house is also for self expression.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that everything I do in my house is not good for resale. Over the past 30 years, we’ve become a bunch of conformists. Houses used to be many different styles and colors. Now, they are all designed to blend in with nature. Earth-toned colors are the norm. The same natural stone tile, beige carpet and wood floors are acceptable. I understand that people have different tastes in home decor, but if you like something just a little bit different, you will not find anything out there to suit your taste.
If I had an HOA, it would encourage individuality, self expression and fun. We’ll call it the jHOA.
Rules and Regulations
- Grass can be any length as long as you mow it in circles.
- Bold paint colors are encouraged for exterior, as well as interior. After all, it’s just paint!
- Doors should be painted your favorite color, or all of your favorite colors.
- Yard art is encouraged. Enter our annual Funkiest Yard Art contest!
- Your garage is yours. Store whatever you want in it. (Legal stuff only please)
- Tree houses are acceptable as long as they are painted nicely.
- Feel free to park your car the wrong direction.
- You park your VW bus out front and live in it.
- The jHOA is free of charge, but all residents must share photos of their property on a social networking site or blog and must be an active participant in the jHOA.
These are just a few of the basic rules. And all rules, just because that’s an awful word, are up for debate. Come live on my street!!!