How do you know what the owner maintains and what the association maintains? In general, the association will take care of all of the exterior upkeep of the buildings and grounds. This can vary somewhat from association to association, so it is important for a condominium buyer to have a clear idea of exactly what will (or will not) be covered.
What’s Mine and What’s Ours
Potential owners are looking for the separation of maintenance responsibilities between their unit and the common elements. The first step in determining such is researching the association’s legal documents to identify the physical assets that the association is responsible for and those that the individual unit owner has responsibility to maintain.
Single-family homeowners must repaint their home the same color as originally installed and must follow the original “Arts and Crafts” scheme for the community. Bowen used Duron Paint. Some of these colors are no longer available but they should be able to mix the color for you.
When requesting a paint color, it is best to have the paint color number and name (example: Spicenut #8755).
CLICK HERE to see the charts below for your color scheme.
Remember that each of us is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of our homes. Keeping your home maintained will ensure it is safe and that it looks great for many years. And well-kept homes will ensure that our neighborhood stays beautiful and helps all of our property values.
In addition, Article H1 of our Covenants mandate that, “each Owner shall be responsible for maintenance, repair, and replacement of all portions of his or her Unit… and shall keep it in good order and repair, and in a neat, clean, and attractive condition consistent with the Community-Wide Standard.”
For single-family homeowners, exterior maintenance is entirely the owner’s responsibility.
For townhome owners, exterior maintenance is largely the responsibility of the Association with the exception of general cleanliness of your unit’s exterior.
All decks should be periodically cleaned and stained. This means the deck should be pressure washed, warped or damaged wood should be replaced, popped or missing nails should be nailed, and a good quality stain and sealant should be applied to protect the appearance of your deck.
IMPORTANT!: In order to ensure a harmonious and consistent appearance, the ARC has chosen a single stain color that all households must use:
Brand: Sherwin Williams Deckscapes latex solid color stain
Color: Cedar SW3034
**As of April 2012, the Townhome deck color was changed from Behr Semi-Transparent Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain, Cedar Naturaltone DP-533 to Sherwin Williams Deckscapes latex solid color stain, color: Cedar SW3034. Single family homes that stain their decks after this date should upgrade to the new color standard.
It is a good idea to have your home pressure-washed every 2-3 years to clean-up the accumulation of mold, mildew, and dirt on the exterior. Pay special attention to your gutters; many gutters have black streaks on them that can be removed with a good degreaser and thorough pressure-washing. Make sure the gutters are also free of debris.
This is a problem area for many of us. Unfortunately, it is easy for water to infiltrate the trim boards that encase your deck supports (the “casing” that is painted white beneath your deck). This causes many of these boards to warp, pull apart, and rot.
If this has happened to your home, consider repairing or replacing these damaged boards. If the white paint is looking uneven or thin, you may need to apply another coat. Also make sure the joints are well-caulked.
Pay special attention to white trim paint; we have seen many issues with trim and railings needing touch-up, especially if you have decorative railing on your front porch roof. Our Architectural Guidelines mandate that when repainting, you must submit an ARC request, and the exterior colors must remain the same.
To find out your exterior paint colors, please see the table below or call Association Management Group at (888-890-9938).