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Establishing standards for unit owner improvements or modifications in a community or building is a common practice and can help maintain a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing environment. These standards are often outlined in the community's governing documents, such as the homeowners' association (HOA) rules or condominium association bylaws.
The Falcon Group has 27 years of experience in preparation of designs and specifications to ensure that unit owner-controlled improvements and modifications meet a standard that will protect the community.
Here are some reasons why having such standards can be beneficial:
Aesthetic Consistency: Standards ensure that modifications made by unit owners are in harmony with the overall design and aesthetics of the community or building, maintaining a cohesive appearance.
Property Value: Consistent standards can contribute to the overall property values within the community. A well-maintained and visually appealing environment is often more attractive to potential buyers and residents.
Safety and Compliance: Standards can include guidelines to ensure that any modifications comply with local building codes and safety regulations. This helps prevent potential hazards and ensures the well-being of residents.
Maintenance Considerations: Standards can address issues related to the long-term maintenance and upkeep of modifications. For example, guidelines might specify materials that are easier to maintain or ensure that modifications don't interfere with the community's common areas.
Insurance and Liability: Standards may address liability concerns related to modifications. Ensuring that modifications are carried out to a certain standard can mitigate risks and potential insurance issues.
Community Harmony: Clear guidelines can prevent disputes among unit owners, as everyone understands the expectations for modifications.
These modifications/improvements can include (but not limited to):
- Generator installations
- EV charging stations
- Window replacements
- Deck replacement/extensions
- Patio replacement/extensions
- Fireplace modifications
- Unit modifications
- Unit Owner Plan Review