The HOA community is your home, and you want to make the most of this environment. However, that also means following the rules and expectations that everyone is held to. If there are things that you would like to see changed or improved, rather than wasting time complaining, why not do something to take action? Don’t wait for someone else to take initiative when you can start the ball rolling yourself.

1. Join the board. One of the most obvious ways to lead change is by becoming part of the HOA board since they are the governing body. As a board member, you’ll be able to discuss and vote on issues impacting the community. You’ll be on the front lines of planning and decision making. It’s a great way to take on a leadership role and act in the best interest of all homeowners.

2. Join a committee. If taking on a board position isn’t the right fit for you, perhaps become part of a committee instead. You can choose an area of particular interest whether it’s the architectural review committee, social committee, safety committee, or finance committee. This can allow you to use your skills in a focused manner and put your energy into something you’re passionate about.

3. Volunteer. You don’t have to serve the HOA in an official capacity to make a difference. If they’re looking for help putting up holiday decorations, organizing donations from recent charity drive, or pulling weeds in the community garden, step up to do your part. Show your neighbors that you care and want to make a difference. This can also be a great way to get to know others and brainstorm ideas you have for the community.

4. Take action yourself. You don’t have to be on the board or a committee to pick up trash that you see laying around, to help a neighbor out by mowing their lawn, or to bring a reusable water bottle to the pool or gym instead of using disposable cups at the water cooler. Start making positive changes and encourage others to follow suit (as long as you’re not violating existing rules).

5. Share ideas. Attend HOA meetings and share your ideas for changes you would like to see. It’s tempting to simply complain about things you don’t like, but come armed with potential solutions. People will take you more seriously if they see you have done your research, thought things through, and come to the table with feasible plans. Then you can work with the HOA to see what changes can be made moving forward.

Everyone can make a difference if they put forth the effort. Don’t think that just because you’re not on the board, you have no say. When homeowners, the board, and the community manager work together, that’s what takes associations from good to great. Partner with Kuester for support in making ideas a reality and instituting positive changes in the HOA.

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