Sometimes it might seem like renting has its perks over buying. When something breaks, you simply call a landlord or leasing office to handle it, things like landscaping, repairs, and maintenance rarely fall on you. There’s great news if you’re ready to be a homeowner but aren’t thrilled by the idea of spending your weekends, mowing, cleaning, and fixing. Get all the comfort of homeownership without a typical homeowner’s to-do list by investing in maintenance free living.
What exactly is a maintenance free community?
The definition is in the title! It’s a community where the homes and neighborhood have been designed and built to demand as little of your time for upkeep as possible. Community members pay a homeowner’s association (HOA) fee each month that covers external maintenance services.
Maintenance free living communities typically offer the following services through the HOA:
Streetlamps and other community lighting sources
Maintenance and repairs escrow
Professional management services
Common Area Maintenance
What are the perks of maintenance free living?
Do the things you want to do, not what you have to do.
Don’t skip the big game, miss out on a lazy Sunday morning, or cut a big family breakfast short just because your to-do list was getting unruly. Don’t force yourself to wake up extra early on a weekend morning to mow the lawn when all you want to do is hit the snooze button. Don’t cancel your weekend plans to clean up the exterior of your home. Homeownership shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite moments with friends and family just to keep the place up and running!
You don’t come home to expensive, unpleasant surprises.
Usually, when something important in your home stops working properly, it’s on you to coordinate repairs by finding a professional with a decent reputation, comparing quotes, and attempting to schedule a time for repairs. Which, let’s be honest, usually means you have to use a personal day at work or miss out on valuable time elsewhere to stay home and be available for the maintenance company’s 9 - 5 window. In a maintenance free community, you can simply contact your HOA for assistance, and your community’s professional management team will handle it from there. No scheduling or hassle required.
Enjoy a cleaner, more beautiful community.
When the responsibilities of owning a home are managed by an HOA, this ensures the homes in your community are all upheld to the same standard. Unlike the average neighborhood, the common areas and outdoor areas in a maintenance free community are handled by a professional management team. Your property management team makes sure each home meets the standard of living for your community, which means you won’t see (or be) the neighbor with the messy yard, busted gutters, or dirty exterior. Common areas like parks, sidewalks, and entrances are clean, orderly, and regularly landscaped.
Find freedom in routine!
Many people often worry that by holding a maintenance free community to a uniform standard that they’ll have to sacrifice any customization of their homes, but that’s not true! Yes, the exterior of homes and yards are typically held to a community-wide standard that must meet certain maintenance and presentation requirements, but you’re still allowed to personalize your home with the decor, and the interior of each home is often fully customizable, as they are when you build with D. Stone. You don’t have to give up style and flare when you live in a maintenance free community.