Residents in condominiums or gated communities may be familiar with the existence of homeowners associations, or HOAs. HOAs are governing bodies that set rules and regulations that residents agree to in exchange for living in certain exclusive communities. In some cases, those rules may have restrictions on replacing your natural grass yard with artificial turf. If you live in an HOA and are considering installing artificial grass, it is best to educate yourself on what your HOA can regulate.
What Does an HOA Regulate?
Generally, HOAs are responsible for creating (and enforcing) rules designed to maintain the appearance and function of a residential community. The jurisdiction of what an HOA can govern includes, but is not limited to:
- The external appearance of your home, such as paint color and outside fixtures
- Backyard fixtures, such as sheds and storage units
If you want artificial turf for your home, your first course of action is to check your HOA’s guidelines as they pertain to installing a synthetic grass lawn. Your HOA’s flexibility will be the determining factor in whether or not you will be allowed to install artificial turf, so make sure you do your research.
Installing Artificial turf in Your HOA
If you find out that your HOA does allow you to install artificial turf, then your next step is to consult with synthetic turf installation experts, such as the team at Grizzly Turf & Pavers. In the event that your HOA’s guidelines are unclear, or if your HOA forbids artificial grass installation, hope is not lost. There are still some things to try before throwing in the towel.
The purpose of an HOA is to maintain your community’s appearance, but that doesn’t mean that they want you to be uncomfortable. If you get a hard “no” from your HOA, ask why the policy is in place. After getting an explanation, ask if the HOA would consider implementing a change in its policy if enough residents show interest in installing artificial turf. There is strength in numbers; if you get enough of your neighbors to show interest in switching to synthetic turf, your HOA may be more inclined to make changes to its policy.
If you can’t get everything you want, you will want to consider compromising with your HOA. Ask if your backyard can have artificial turf or if the HOA will allow a specific type of synthetic turf. Grizzly Turf & Pavers offers several artificial grass styles that can meet an HOA’s standards! The point is for you and your HOA to come to some agreement that benefits you and your entire community, so don’t be afraid to have a conversation with your HOA management.
Educate Your HOA
If your HOA is totally resistant to changing its artificial turf policy, don’t assume it’s because they are being unfair. In some cases, it could be because the HOA doesn’t have all the facts regarding the benefits of artificial grass installation. If you feel this is the case, consider scheduling a consultation between your HOA and one of our experts at Grizzly Turf & Pavers. We will gladly speak to your management and explain the benefits of artificial turf for HOAs, including its low-maintenance features and aesthetic appeal.
If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them
If none of the above methods work, then consider joining your HOA’s board. The best way to change your HOA’s mind is to join your board and advocate for the benefits of artificial turf. This method is a long-term time investment, but if you truly want to improve your home’s appearance with synthetic turf, it will be worth the wait.
If you’re ready to take the first step in switching to an artificial turf lawn for your HOA home, contact Grizzly Turf & Pavers for expert assistance. Our team of experienced, skilled installation professionals will be with you every step of the installation process, from consultation to installation. To see how we can help you and your HOA, contact us online or call us at (866) 237-8873 and experience the Grizzly difference.