If you’re one of the families who has taken advantage of the phenomenal real estate market recently, congratulations! We at Gassen would like to commend you, from the bottom of our hearts, on your move. You’re moving up in the world if you’re relocating to a neighborhood overseen by HOA management. We promise you won’t regret your decision. By maintaining high property values and providing a framework for the creation of strong community bonds, neighborhoods with well-run property management services boost the quality of living for each and every one of their residents. Get ready for your community life to drastically improve for the better.

Of course, living in an HOA neighborhood is a little different from living outside of one—different in a good way, of course! To soothe your anxieties and help to make your transition as seamless as possible, you no doubt want to be prepared for entering the community. Gassen, as a provider of accounting property management and online property management, is here to help. Below, we’ll discuss what you need to know before move-in day.

First and Foremost: Well-Run HOA Communities are Friendly

Extra friendly, in fact. Don’t be surprised if your neighbors offer to help with move-in tasks or show up with a freshly baked casserole for dinner. Because the well-run HOA puts so much emphasis on community bonding, people are likely to go out of their way to welcome you. You’ll make friends and feel-at-home in no time, but this can come as quite a shock to some people who come from colder neighborhoods!

A few other things to be aware of before you arrive at your new neighborhood are as follows:

●        Community fees | All HOA neighborhoods collect money from their residents to fund community amenities, like pools or parks. Talk to the board for information on how and when you’ll need to begin making payments.

●        Board meetings | If the thought of paying money to a board you hardly know makes you squeamish, don’t fret—you have an active say regarding what that money is put toward. Be aware that HOA neighborhoods often host board meetings during which policy is discussed. All residents are welcome to attend them.

●        Local amenities | Moving can be stressful, regardless of where you’re going to or coming from. Take note of your community’s amenities (clubhouses, playgrounds, ETC), and don’t be afraid to cut your family loose for some recreational time. You deserve it.

Gassen is here to provide the Ultimate Property Management Services

Should you find your HOA management in dire need of help, don’t be afraid to help them seek it. Contact our Eden Prairie office now at 952-922-5575.