How to Paint Your Doors and Windows While Keeping Your HOA Happy

How to Paint a Door That Is HOA Friendly

Reference Your Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R)

The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R) is the sacred text of any HOA -- this document outlines the various actions you can or cannot take regarding how you use, decorate, and maintain your property as put forth by the association. The purpose of these restrictions is to keep up the HOA’s property values and ensure that each property remains consistent with the others. Your CC&R might list restrictions about the paint colors and finishes you can or cannot use for your siding, doors, windows, and other exterior surfaces. Keeping this declaration handy and getting to know its contents is crucial for staying compliant with your HOA’s rules. This way, you’ll have a strong sense of how to properly approach exterior painting when the time comes.

Seek Approval from Your HOA Prior to a House Painting Project

Even if you know your CC&R declaration like the back of your hand, you’ll still need to obtain approval for your renovations from the HOA board and/or whichever entity is responsible for your HOA’s property management needs. This process can admittedly take some time and more paperwork than anyone would want to deal with. Still, failing to go through the proper channels can result in significant fines -- plus, if you go with a color choice that the HOA doesn’t accept, you’ll need to repaint the surface(s) anyway. To save everyone the time and hassle, make sure you receive written approval from your Northern California HOA regarding your paint choices.

Keep Your Expectations in Check

If you live in an HOA, you might not be able to go with your preferred color choices for your doors, windows, or other features -- it’s important to understand this from the outset so you don’t end up disappointed (or breaking the rules). That said, most HOAs are relatively flexible and want to keep their residents happy as well, meaning there may be room for compromise. As long as you abide by your HOA’s rules and processes, you can still end up with exterior updates that please you, your neighbors, and your association.

Hire the Right Exterior Painting Services

Just as your HOA will likely have restrictions regarding color selection, it will probably have guidelines concerning the exterior house painters with the go-ahead to work on its properties. After all, in order to maintain a level of quality and consistency, an HOA must work with experienced, reliable, well-qualified painting professionals. In some cases, you might not have a say in who paints your home -- even if you do have the liberty to select a painting contractor, you’ll most likely need to run it by your HOA before they can get to work to ensure they’re a good fit.

Happy HOA, Happy Home

Many HOAs come with their share of rules and restrictions that can, at times, seem stringent. Still, these limitations are often offset by the many benefits that come with living in an HOA. Regardless of your feelings on this matter, Endure Painting can paint your doors, windows, and other surfaces in such a way that will keep you and your Northern California HOA happy. For more information regarding our skills and services, call us at (510) 458-2120 or send us an email at

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