As Thanksgiving approaches many of us have many things to be grateful for. Volunteering as an HOA board member of your homeowners association is sometimes a thankless job -- but there are a few things you can be grateful for. Your HOA does good things for the community and makes it a better place to live.
Following will be a list of some of the things you can be thankful for in your Association. This is surely not a comprehensive list, but it will be representative of some of the things you are probably satisfied with:
Community associations generally provide amenities that many individual homeowners might not be able to afford. These include: clubhouses, tennis courts, pools, exercise facilities, and many other amenities that exist only because of the homeowners association.
2. Higher Property Values
Property values are enhanced and standards of living are generally better in community associations. Most people may not like particular restrictions placed on them but they are generally happy the restrictions apply to their neighbors! Having rules and regulations keeps homeowners from using their property to do things that negatively impact the neighborhood.
3. Lower Taxes
4. More Local Control
5. Safety and Security
Your Association probably maintains areas that some people can't or don't want to have to worry about. This could include landscaping and buildings. This is valuable for elderly people living in the community, military personnel who may be deployed, and people who are just not disposed to doing such things.
There is just a bigger sense of community in a homeowners association. HOA board members should try hosting social and charitable events that bring the neighborhood closer. A sense of unity and togetherness is never a bad thing. The good thing here is that when outsiders see this sense of community it makes them want to live in your area. Bringing better people in the community strengthens the neighborhood making it even more dynamic.
Be thankful for the people who are willing to attend meetings and volunteer for community activities. These people are a much bigger help then most others realize. It's always good to have some help in the form of neighborhood involvement.