What is your Association’s goal for the New Year? What HOA Resolutions are you planning for? There are many things you might hope to accomplish, but allow us to make a recommendation: Why not set a goal of building an even better, stronger, tighter, more vibrant community—a place that inspires pride in your owners, and proves enticing to newcomers?

That is, admittedly, pretty lofty. Building community is an elusive, somewhat intangible goal. However, we believe that there are a few specific ways in which you can resolve to do exactly that.

  • Resolve to be more direct in communicating the HOA’s business. Your Association is constantly working on different projects. Keep your owners in the loop about what you’re doing, and especially about your triumphs and your accomplishments. Get people excited about the good things that your HOA is doing.
  • Communicate your expectations. Rather than go straight to fines or violation notices, simply make it clear what the rules are for your community life. You might be surprised by how effective some simple, clear communication can be.
  • Get people involved. Actively recruit some homeowners for volunteerism on your HOA Board or on a committee. Give them a chance to feel real ownership and pride in the HOA’s work.
  • Open the floor. Convey to your homeowners that their comments are not only acceptable, but welcome at HOA meetings. (Do advise them to submit their comments in advance of the meeting, simply so that everything can be worked into the meeting agenda.) Let the people’s voices be heard!
  • Start a welcome committee, if you don’t have one already. Make it a priority, within your community, to make newcomers feel like they’re truly a part of the group, even from Day One!

Community-building has to be deliberate; it won’t happen by accident. Resolve to be deliberate in your community-building, starting now!

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