8 Reasons Why You Should Join Your HOA Board

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Approximately three years ago, we moved into a neighborhood that we have grown to love and have made our home. Our neighborhood is a planned neighborhood and has multiple amenities. With any neighborhood amenities, there must be someone to manage the amenities and shared property which is often in the form of a Home Owners Association or HOA.

I have had the fortunate experience of joining our HOA board this past year and have eight reasons why you should also consider joining your local HOA.

  1. You will have multiple opportunities to plunge toilets full of all sorts of excrement and other fun things. Last year following a swim team meet, I decided it was a smart thing to check the bathrooms. As soon as I opened the bathroom doors, the most beloved smell awaited me. Not wanting to suffer alone, I grabbed a fellow board member. Not only did I have to suffer the smell as she attempted to help me plunge a toilet that threatened us to spill over onto the floor, I got to listen to her dry heave over and over again. It was super fun.
  2. You will have multiple opportunities to use your phone as a phone. Without soliciting it, you will receive phone calls from neighbors with lots of helpful suggestions.
  3. Board operations will be relatively quiet and peaceful. Once projects are proposed and money is ready to be spent, neighbors will be completely okay with all board decisions.
  4. Discussions in board meetings are always productive, and you will leave meetings feeling accomplished.
  5. You will likely become best friends with many of your board fellow board members. Hard decisions and difficult discussions often bring board members closer together.
  6. Projects move forward at a rapid pace. It is amazing how quickly a group of people with opposing opinions can make things happen.
  7. You will always be thanked and praised for your efforts by fellow neighbors.
  8. It is a good stepping stone to getting involved in city, county or state politics. (This one is real!)

Overall I can say, I want to serve on an HOA board until the day I die—not likely. In reality, the experience has not be completely terrible. I joined my neighborhood HOA because there was a need, and I have filled that need. In the process, I have gotten to know neighbors I otherwise would not have have had the opportunity without serving on our HOA board. Along the way, I have been surprised to find several people that I appreciate and enjoy being around.

 

Writer Bio: Summer Bolte

I spend most of my time and days with my three kids, husband and dog. My kids frequently play near me as I garden, cook, DIY and volunteer. My most unusual paying job has to be feeding fruit flies in a research lab, and my most fulfilling job was being an oncology nurse for seven years.  

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