I am still unsure about living with a condominium association.
Many family members plus friends have complained to me over the years about owning a home where a homeowners association exists. I have heard bad stories of all kinds, with things like being charged for leaving a garage door open too long or even getting in trouble for using the wrong shade of brown to paint your house. I figured that maybe some of these stories were exaggerated, or perhaps they were only characteristic of the very worst HOAs. I hoped they were not the norm across the board. And I can’t say anything about the rest of the country, but my first experience with an HOA hasn’t been great. Nearly all condominiums, at least home style condos inside of very large buildings, are under the strict rule of a condominium association. They function in nearly the same capacity of an HOA. They have several of the same rules plus stipulations. However, since we are all in the same building, we get things like free water that you can’t necessarily expect with another type of condominium. They also cover all of the heating plus cooling systems throughout the building. I guess on one hand, it’s good never having to pay for repairs on our a/c plus our gas furnace. But then on the other hand, I hate having to wait so long for an A/C tech to arrive when I call about a serious problem. Don’t even try calling them in June or you’ll be very disappointed. I don’t hate the association, but I don’t love them either.